“May the odds ever be in your favor.” This quote will be forever entrenched in my mind. This is a tale about a teenager, Katniss Everdeen, who takes the place of her little sister who is picked out of a lottery to fight in the “Hunger Games.” These battles are fought to remind the people about the mercy of the government, the Capitol of Panem. Two children are chosen from each of the 12 government districts. These battles are bloody and the children become ruthless in their survival. And there can only be one victor. Katniss is paired with a boy named Peeta Melarch. Peeta has always had feelings for Katniss. She and Peeta team up to defeat the remaining competitors after they kill one another or are destroyed by occurances that take place in the arena. Because Katniss was born into poverty and relies on hunting and gathering from the land, she has an advantage over the others. She is also a favored to win, which makes her a direct target. The Capitol is determined to have a winner even though Katniss and Peeta survive overwhelming odds. Katniss’s life has changed forever and now she doesn’t know how she feels about Peeta or Gale best childhood friend. Will it be Gale or Peeta?
I loved this book. It inspired a new generation of teen culture. I did think that it was very violent though. But this story mimics the era of the gladiators and the Colusseum. I also enjoyed the sequel ” Catching Fire.” I can’t say the same about the third book “Mockingjay” though. It became a bit vague and strange at times.