The Hunger Games is a series of three books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockinjay). It’s a fantastic series, written by Suzanne Collins, about a ruthless Capitol and twelve surrounding districts.

I’m just going to be doing the first book, which the series was names after.

Katniss ‘Catnip’ Everdeen is a sixteen-year-old daughter of a coal miner and a merchant from District Twelve.

District Twelve is one of the poorest districts in Panem, the country that rose out of the ashes of North America. (Read the book to find out what happened to America.)

Once, seventy-four years before Katniss, the thirteen districts rebelled against the Capitol because if you were born in the districts, you got a life of labour. If you were born in the Capitol, you got a life of luxury. Everyone in the districts was forced to make and grow and sustain things for the Capitol. The labourers often died from explosions, factory or mining accidents, drowning, suffocation, getting crushed, diseases, injuries- the list goes on. People rarely died of old age in their beds. People rarely got above the age of fifty, in fact.

Anyway, the thirteen districts rebelled. Twelve were subdued, the thirteenth obliterated. Then, the Capitol created the Hunger Games as a reminder that the Dark Days, or the districts’ rebellion, should never happen again.

In the Hunger Games, a boy and a girl from each district was picked at random to be sent to the Capitol for a fight to the death. Twenty-four tributes in all.

Katniss’ little sister, Primrose ‘Prim’ Everdeen was reaped (chosen). Katniss volunteered for Prim to save her. For the boys, Peeta Mellark.

Each District gets a victor to tell them how to win. Twelve’s is a drunk man named Haymitch Abernathy.

Getting off track again… So, they are all sent into an arena of wildlife such as forests and lakes. Katniss had been feeding her family single-handedly since her dad was blown up. As a result, Katniss can use a bow and has a good knowledge of bush tucker, as we say.

So, Katniss makes it to the top five, but this is a review, not a spoiler!

I would recommend this from age twelve and up. It’s suitable for adults in all age groups.

There are a lot of elements I didn’t explain in this post, but I am begging you, read the book. Then you will know about Effie and Cinna and Gale and the Career Tributes and Gale and the candle and President Snow and Rue, except not the candle.

What I’m trying to say is THIS BOOK IS A MUST-READ. If you haven’t read it yet, shame on you!