Now in paperback, the book no one can stop talking about .
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 favor
tohis 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
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.