Plot: In a dark vision of the near future, 12 boys and 12 girls are forced to appear in a live show called the Hunger Games. There is only 1 rule: kill or be killed.
When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. Forf her, survival is second nature.
The first book in the ground-breaking Hunger Games Trilogy.
I followed the story alongside Katniss, feeling her confusion, betrayal, love. I grew with her, and the storyline was paced well to allow this.
The plot in itself was very clever - although there was a twist near the end (not giving anything away) and I wasn't particularly satisfied, at the time, of the outcome. But now I understand how it leads on to the sequel (or two!)
An excellent read - 5 stars. :)