The book takes place in Panem, a country divided in 12 districts, plus the Capitol which controles them. Because of a rebelion, some years ago, - there were 13 districts, but the 13th one was completely destroyed in the events - against the Capitol, they created the Hunger Games. It happens every year and consists in choosing two tributes from each district, one boy and one girl, from the age 12 to 18, to go to this arena and fight for their lives in a game where only one gets out alive. This games were created with the purpose of keeping the districts controled, and combine peace with fear, because it's a way of showing that the Capitol have their lives in their hands and there's no way out of that. And in a twisted way, the Capitol want them to believe they show some kind of mercy towards the ones who betrayed them.
The story is told by Katniss Everdeen, sixteen-years-old, who lost is dad in a coal mine explosion and had to take the responsability to guarantee the survival of her family and hers aswell by hunting in the woods were is not allowed to go. Here she is introduced to Gale Hawthorne and they become best friends.
The story actually begins when is the time to the 74th annual Hunger Games, and two tributes are going to be chosen and sent to the Capitol. This year is also the year Prim, Katniss' sister, is signing in for the first time to the games and even being the odds in her favor, she is picked up and Katniss ends up volunteering in her place. She's sent with Peeta Mellark, also sixteen, the baker's son to the Capitol, us tributes, and she actually knows him from a difficult situation and a good gesture from him to her from the past. That's when the fun starts, going to the Capitol to get prep and going to the arena with 22 other tributes, some of them who trained all their lifes to be there.
MY OPINION AND SPOILERS
This book made my heart beat like crazy almost the whole time I was reading it. I felt that I wanted to be there with Katniss the whole time, trying to figure it out what dangers where there when she slept or needed to keep moving or hunting, I don't know, it was crazy. I loved that even reading in Katniss' point of view I was able to know some of the things that crossed other characters' minds by the dialogues, like Peeta's love torwards her being true.
It wasn't all expected for me, in exception for the reaping situation, of course, but I was kind of surprised when Peeta discovered that all that Katniss said and done was part of the strategy for their survival, not only his reaction but also hers and how everything went. I mean, the starcrossed lovers strategy they used were Peeta's idea and Haymitch knew he was actually in love, and at the end of the book he really thought that some of her actions were beyond the crowd's amusement and were true. I mean I understand that he didn't know about the strategy between Katniss and Haymitch in the arena, but because I knew all along the feelings Katniss had for him, I dismissed or I didn't even thought about his own perception of her attitudes and words. I was heartbroken when he found out and I was so sorry for him, because at the beginning I was rooting for Gale, but them Peeta is so sweet and really loves her and wants to protect her.
I loved that the author was able to bring in the finale, a "little" struggle of Katniss' feelings towards the two boys and try to start comprehend them, but in a very smooth way.
I really enjoyed the book, great pacing, great suspense throughout the book. We can relate easily with the characters and suffer with them and actually feel like we know them. It was just great, I never felt this was towards a book, and I now that I will re-read it soon.show more
by Christine Freeman