Description via Goodreads:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
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.
This book while slow beginning picked up quickly enough. We learn about Katniss her family and what they have been through living in district 12 we can feel the rawness at the reaping ceremony. you can also feel the attraction building up through the book at times I think Katniss was kidding herself in the arena about how she was feeling taking care of Peeta. I found myself very sad at times when certain things happened, and feeling like Katniss couldn't catch a break. It was an incredible ride and I would only recommend it if you have the other two books cause you will want to continue this journey. I love how she undermined the Capitol at every chance she got sticking it to them where it hurt.