Welcome to the apocalyptic future, where the distance between the “haves” and the “have-nots” has never been greater. Katniss, a “have-not”, hails from the 12th (and most squalid) district of Panem.
In Panem’s Capitol, food and alcohol flow freely. Citizens live in luxury and splendor and look forward every year to the Hunger Games, a reality show in which “tributes” from Panem’s districts compete with each other.
Katniss is horrified when her younger sister Prim is chosen as a tribute, and immediately volunteers to take her place. Suddenly she finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Capitol, complete with feasts she’d never dreamed of and her own personal “prep team,” responsible for her costumes and appearance.
But Katniss knows that after a few days of this luxury, she’ll be in the Hunger Games arena with 43 other tributes — and the only rule is that the last person alive wins.
Katniss is strong, smart, and focused. But how much will she sacrifice in her fight to survive?