First of the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Written in the point of view of a sixteen-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen. The book is set in Panem, where North America used to be. The Capitol controls Panem, and they hold an annual event called the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is when one boy and one girl between the ages 12 and 18 are chosen by lottery from the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol, and they are put into an arena where they have to fight until one victor remains. Katniss Everdeen’s sister, Prim, is chosen, and Katniss volunteers to go in Prim’s place. The boy tribute is Peeta Mellark, a boy who once saved Katniss and her family by giving them bread when they were starving to death.
In the Capitol, Katniss and Peeta have to go to training sessions and their mentor, Haymitch, tells them they have to appear mediocre- they can’t show the other tributes their strengths. They save those for their private training sessions in which they show off their skills to the Gamemakers and are scored out of twelve.
Peeta receives an 8 and Katniss an 11.
The last thing before entering the arena is a live interview broadcasted to the whole country. In Katniss’ interview she is amazing, and everyone loves her. In Peeta’s interview, he declares his love for Katniss and the whole of Panem now sees them as “star-crossed lovers”. Katniss is angry and after the interview ends up hurting Peeta, then feeling guilty because they leave the next day.
They enter the arena, and start the Hunger Games…
Really good for ages 11-14 and the books are amazing.
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