In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Honestly, the reason I haven't reviewed this sooner is simply because I hated the cover. If they had done a cover like this *points to the right* in the states I might have read it sooner. Heck, even the new cover above is more appealing to me than the bland 2D version the originally had. I also have to admit, that this isn't really my genre to read, however I was thoroughly interested in it.
It earns four hearts since it took so much effort for me to get past the front cover. They obviously know what they are doing in Germany though. I was happily interested in the plot brought in here. I must admit, I had never read a dystopian book before and never really thought I'd like it. No....scratch that....I read The Giver back in 2001 because it was a mandatory read for school, but that was the only mandatory read I've ever had for school that I've actually liked. The characters were not only believable but so well managed in detail such as habits, psyche and mannerisms I could literally smell the booze on Haymitch's breath as he spoke. I was quite happy with the narrator's voice for a change when I listened to the audiobook. She was able to portray so many different people with her voice it was refreshing. Usually I'm left trying to find the words that say who is speaking and who is listening after the dialogue is spoken.