When Katniss’ little sister is selected to serve as a gladiator in an annual televised life or death reality show that, in the post-millennial world they live in, is the biggest event of the year, she jumps in to take her place and save her life.
As a contestant, she is an underdog who gets a fast makeover and minimal training for the event before being quite literally thrown to the wolves in the first round of the game, where the goal is to not only to survive, but to be the last one alive. In the course of the game, Katniss forms alliances that must be broken and she must strategize to stay alive when others are dying. Soon, she begins to wonder if by keeping her life she has lost her humanity.
The first in a series, readers are left with a few unanswered questions, including what it means to be a complicit part of a society caught up in a deadly game that blurs the lines between reality and terror.
About the Author
Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.
At present, Suzanne is hard at work on the third book in her sci-fi series, The Hunger Games. She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.