Catching Fire comes out this Friday, the 22nd! In honor of this great book being turned into a movie I’m reviewing The Hunger Games series for the next few Mondays.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a futuristic story that takes place in a nation called Panem. It is where North America used to be, but it is now in ruins; well, except for the Capitol. The Capitol is full of new technology, interesting food, lavish clothing, and some very colorful hair. It is the center of the other twelve districts and also the center of torture.
Years ago it is said that within Panem a civil war erupted; the Capitol versus the districts. Obviously without the materials the Capitol has the districts lost and now has to pay a price. That price is that each year, each district must send one boy and one girl to the Capitol for the annual Hunger Games, which was basically twenty-four teenagers fighting with and slaughtering one another in the hopes of being the last man standing and winning glory for their district.
Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12 along with her sister, Prim, her mother, and her best friend Gale. When Katniss’s father died years ago she promised to always take care of Prim, especially once her mom became depressed and almost nonexistent.
So when Prim is randomly selected as the girl tribute for District 12, Katniss thinks this a death sentence and cannot imagine Prim in the arena. Katniss volunteers as tribute for her sister, something unheard of in all the Hunger Games.
The boy tribute chosen for District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy who once tossed a starving Katniss a loaf of bread, will now have to fight against her and twenty-two others to get back to District 12 alive.
This book is full of action; think about it, the main character is in a fight-to-the-death game! If you have not yet read the first book in this trilogy or seen the movie I recommend doing so.
Can’t wait for Catching Fire 🙂