Could you survive on your
own, in the wild, with
every one out to make sure
you don't live to see the
Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year-old girl living with
her mother and 12-year-old sister, Prim, in the
poverty-stricken District 12 known as the Seam.
Katniss keeps her family from starving by hunting
in the forbidden woods near her home along with
her best friend, a boy named Gale Hawthorne.
Katniss’s father taught her survival skills and how
to use weapons at a young age before he was
killed in a mine explosion five years earlier.
They live in a nation called Panem that
consists of 12 districts and is located in
what used to be known as North
There were once 13 districts in Panem. But
many years ago the districts tried to
rebel against the Capitol and lost. As a
result District 13 was obliterated and the
other 12 districts were defeated into
As punishment for the uprising, each year the
12 districts must each choose one boy and one
girl between the ages of 12 and 18, called
tributes, to compete in a televised fight to the
death called the Hunger Games. The 24 tributes
are then dropped off in a vast outdoor arena
that contains various terrains including a
forest, a desert, and a frozen wasteland.
Then over a period of weeks, the Hunger
Games tributes must survive against the
elements and fight each other to the death.
The last tribute standing wins a life a luxury.
When District 12 draws its first name from the
thousands of entries, it is Prim, Katniss’ sister, who is
chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. However,
Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister’s place.
The next name chosen take part in the Hunger
Games is 16-year-old Peeta Mellark, a boy that
Katniss knows from school.
Katniss 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.