The Hunger Games is the first novel in a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world in the former continent of North America.
The gutsy female protagonist is Katniss Everdeen who, in order to protect her younger sister, volunteers to enter a series of televised, ritualistic games in which participants fight to the death – the so-called “Hunger Games”.
The Hunger Games are an annual event, run by the Capitol, in which one girl and one boy from each of the twelve districts are randomly selected to compete in a televised battle. These twenty-four youth (aged between 12 and 18) are referred to as Tributes. Kat and the other Tribute from her district, Peeta, enter the Games as underdogs and must use every one of their talents and skills to not only advance in the competition but also survive.
The Hunger Games was first published in 2008. It’s a terrific read for young people and adults alike, and there’s still time to read it before the movie hits our screens on 22nd March. Here’s a movie preview to whet your appetite: