I received this book for Christmas - it had been on my wish list for awhile, and I decided to jump right into it. Lately I've seen tons of great reviews, and I was looking forward to checking it out myself.
I was NOT disappointed. I was hooked almost immediately, and didn't want to put it down! The book takes place in what remains of North America - now a nation called Panem. The country is split into districts (12 of them), and ruled over cruelly by the Capital. Every year, each district is forced to send one girl and one boy to battle in "The Hunger Games" which is a televised fight to the death - only one will remain alive and 'win' the game. Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl from District 12 is the narrator of the story. When her 12 year old sister's name is drawn as the female participant from their district, Katniss volunteers herself instead, although she knows she is likely volunteering for her own death. We see her travel to the capital, train for the game, and the game itself. Along the way, we learn about her struggles at home, and see her relationships with the male participant from her district, as well as the participants from the other districts.
-I loved the relationship between Katniss and Peeta, and that she was so confused about how she really felt about him, and how he really felt about her.
-I was happy that Rue was a great competitor and that she and Katniss teamed up for awhile. I was sad when she died, but glad that Katniss didn't have to kill her.
-I figured that Katniss would probably win, but I really didn't know how it was going to end. When the announcement came that only one could win after all, my heart dropped! I was so happy with how they managed to both win though!
-I can't believe how it ended, and I can't WAIT for the next book. I need to know what happens! Will there be consequences for the way the games ended? Will she figure out how she really feels about Peeta? What will Gale think? How will the district view the two of them when they get home?? I hate waiting for sequels!
A fantastic book, that I would definitely recommend!!