Set in a dystopian country ruled by the oppressive Capitol, this is the story of Katniss Everdeen, a young girl from one of the 12 Districts, and the 'Hunger Games'. The Hunger Games are an annual event started by the Capitol to remind the Districts that they are at its mercy. One young boy and girl are chosen from each district, and made to fight to the death until only one survives. The story takes us through a variety of emotions, hope, disappointment, sorrow, joy, anguish, love, desperation and determination. The trials that Katniss faces and the author's realistic depiction of the Capitol's politics and dependence on the Games make it an unusual story worth reading. To quote the Guardian's review, " It's a great book and Suzanne Collins makes it hard to put down".
Review by Anupam Francis (PGP 2012 - 2014)