“I am crazy about this book--no, really, I want to tell everyone I meet about it, whether they're interested or not. It's a fantastic, totally engrossing story with memorable characters.
Based on the myth of the minotaur, The Hunger Games of the title are a brutal "reality show" that takes place in a future version of North America. Each year, two teenagers of each of twelve districts under the command of the capitol city, Panem, are forced to participate in the fight-to-the-death Hunger Games, which are televised for the entire nation to watch. The reader is introduced to this world and the Games by Katniss, a 16-year-old girl who becomes a player, along with her neighbor Peeta, a kind boy whose presence causes much ethical turmoil for Katniss, who must decide whether loyalty or survival is her priority. This book is the first of a planned trilogy.”