Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becoms a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Excerpt:"When the gong sounds, get the hell out of there. You're neither of you up to the blood bath at the Cornucopia. Just clear out, put as much distance as you can between yourselves and the others, and find a source of water," he says. "Got it?"
"And after that?" I ask.
"Stay alive," says Haymitch.
My Thoughts:This book sucked me in from the first chapter. I felt immediatly drawn to Katniss and her need to keep her family alive and fed. Suzanne Collins tells the story well, giving up pieces of the past at the perfect times, while still keeping the reader at the edge of her seat.
We are taken through each step of the journey as Katniss struggles with her hate of the Capitol and wished to rebel, her friendship with Peeta (the chosen boy from her district), and her need to be the winner and get back home. Katniss is a strong girl and a great character.
Suzanne's writing makes a beleiveabe world, where children are forced to do the unthinkable, and still manages to keep the reader reading. This is probably the best book I have read all year. I reccommend it to all readers. What are you waiting for? Read it now!!
F.Y.I. - The sequel, Catching Fire, comes out on September 1. According to the synopsis and the few reviews I have read, the book will be amazing. I can't wait to read it, and you can bet I'll be one of the first in line to buy a copy!