In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.
One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favour to his or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games.
But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
Praise for The Hunger Games series
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A People magazine (Top 10) Best Book of 2009
A Time Magazine Best Fiction Book of 2009
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009
A Kirkus Best Book of 2009
A 2009 Booklist Editors' Choice
"Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." -Time Magazine
"Collins has joined J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read." -Bloomberg.com
*"Perfect pacing and electrifying world-building." -Booklist, starred review
*"A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Forget Edward and Jacob... readers will be picking sides-Peeta or Gale?" -Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." -School Library Journal, starred review
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