In the future dystopia of Panem, Katniss Everdeen takes the place of her little sister in the annual death match known as the Hunger Games. As punishment for a past uprising, the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol must send a boy and a girl each year to fight to the death in a televised event. The children are thrust into the media spotlight and must learn to compete for their physical survival as well as for the support of the pampered spectators. At first, Katniss shows surprising resourcefulness and bravery in the arena, but eventually she must chose whether to take the life of her friend and fellow district champion Peta.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
Fast paced and exciting, the book deserves its best-seller status. We discussed the themes of bread and circuses and the underlying tension between the haves and have-nots also present in our own world. Many people had also seen the film and enjoyed the way this action packed novel had been brought to the screen with the addition of the games room scenes and Seneca Crane’s wonderful beard. We felt that Katniss was a relatable heroine with realistic flaws, but also an excellent role model for a young-adult novel. We are all looking forward to the film sequels.