The Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian world full of poverty and starvation. The country is split into 12 districts, and as punishment for a previous rebellion, one girl and one boy from each district must enter a competition where the last survivor will be the victor. Katniss Everdeen, the narrator of the story, chooses to volunteer in place of her sister Primrose. She is joined by Peeta, a boy she knows. The pair is mentored by Haymitch, the only winner from district twelve who has since become a drunkard. Throughout the competition, Katniss creates alliances and perseveres despite the harsh conditions. Katniss must decide what lengths she will go to in order to survive and how much she will tolerate being used for entertainment.
The story is very well-written. New challenges constantly pop up for Katniss to face, and it is impossible to predict where the story will go next. Katniss’s character is also well-defined. She is strong and compassionate, and she tries her best to save others. Another big part of the story is the drama between Katniss and Peeta. Peeta has stated that he likes Katniss, but Katniss is conflicted about her feelings for him and a boy she has known her whole life in Gale. This drama is not overdone and adds to Katniss’s character as well as occasional bits of humor. The overall themes of love and sacrifice make a powerful story, and one that will certainly become your favorite.