i should have read this book sooner! i've seen it so many times in the bookstore, it was only this weekend that i finally read it. it's been a long time when i have really, really enjoyed a book and this book really tops my current favorites. i didn't expect such a different, fascinating (and creepy) world depicted in the novel.. from the non-gender specific names, the action (killing) scenes and of course, the unrequited love story.. i was hooked from page 1. I love stories where every detail counts.. like for movies, some scenes end up deleted because they're not that critical to the storyline.. well this book has been edited brilliantly.. no deleted scenes here! i think it's a trilogy. i've just started reading the second book, Catching Fire, so i'm not sure if it will be as good as the first.. sequels are usually a bummer, but i'm hoping it's not the case for this series.
The backdrop is Panem, once known as North America and it's very rich, cruel, dictatorial like Capitol and it's 12 districts. Most districts are poverty stricken, like Katniss', our heroine's District 12. The Capitol forces each district to provide 2 tributes, to compete in a fight to the death, called the Hunger Games. Katniss took the place of her sister, whose name was unfortunately picked out of a hat. Since Katniss was used to hunting for food, combined with her street smarts and expert use of the bow and arrow, she becomes a contender. But winning means she has to kill everyone else, and she has to choose whether to play the game of survival or lose her sense of humanity.
i definitely recommend this book! also pretty sure this makes an awesome movie!