First of Hunger Games trilogy , other two being Catching Fire and Mockingjay , is a science fiction novel set in the future. A country called Panem , is the place where the story happens. Panem is ruled from a wealthy territory called Capitol , capitol is surrounded by 12 districts , districts are divided based on the resources they possessed , like coal , agriculture. These districts bring wealth to the country , but people living in these districts struggled hard to find a living of their own. Every year Capitol organizes a game called Hunger Game to ”celebrate”(a mode of punishment for the district people) the victory of Capitol against district people’s rebellion , which resulted in the loss of an entire district – District 13. The game is contested between teens from 12-18 years of 12 districts , one boy and girl from each district, taken as a lot in a random way. The game is an all out fight for survival in an arena, till the last one stands. This game is televised and shown as a reality game show all over Panem. The winner will get immunity for life and the district will get year round supply of food .
Katniss is a 16 year old girl from district 12 , who volunteers to participate in the Hunger Game , when her 12 year old sister’s name was taken as lot.The boy who was chosen from district 12 had a secret crush on Katniss , which gets revealed in the pre-game interview. The rest of the story is how the 24 participants fight it out in the arena to be victorious and how the romance couple from district 12 survive this game of hunger and life.
The novel is a full fledged reality game show , where the participants gets lifeline in the form of meds and food from the sponsors based on their performance . Though the story becomes predictable half way but major part of the novel fully dedicated to the hunger game makes it a worth read and a new experience. It became Newyork Times and US Today best seller of the year 2008.
The novel is all set to release on big screen on 23rd March by the same name The Hunger Games.