Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
Wow!I don't even know where to begin.This book has already so much praise, that my humble review can't possibly demonstrate its greatness.
Granted, at first it reminded me of Battle Royale a lot (only less bloody), but as the story unraveled,I understood that Collins' writing is indeed unique, and despite the two of them having similar stories,Collins's way of narrating is unparalleled.And it's the narration,I think,that is this book's secret and the reason why everyone loves it so much.Having little to none dialogue parts, in my opinion, the book's success lies with the writer's ability to narrate a story of survival and,practically, of war, for over 400 pages, adding just the perfect amount of romance so as not to seem either cheap or outdated and still making it readable by younger readers and very far from boring.Well, Collins did just that.And she did it perfectly.
The Hunger Games is the epitome of un-putdownable books, that everyone must read at least once in their lives.