Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12. She helps take care of her mother and sister by hunting, even though it is illegal. When the drawing for The Hunger Games comes up, 12 year old Primrose Everdeen, sister of Katniss, is called to be the girl representative for District 12, Katniss runs up to take her place. Now Katniss is literally in the game of her life, can her hunting and survival skills keep her alive, when 23 other people are hunting to kill her and claim victory for their district?
I could not put this book down, and one boy who checked it out from the library was done with it within a few days and gushing to me about it, so I assume it has teen appeal. There is a set up for other books to come, but this book clearly stands on its own. I give it a big thumbs up and it is one of the two best books I've read this year.