It's the reality TV show of your worst nightmares: in a future North America, children from each district in the country of Panem are required to enter a lottery to participate in the Hunger Games. If your name is chosen, you're forced to enter a twisted survival competition broadcast throughout the entire country. How does one win the Hunger Games, you ask? By being the only one of the 24 participants to survive them! When sixteen-year-old Katniss's younger sister is chosen to compete, Katniss, desperate to save Prim's life, volunteers to take her place. Katniss has spent years hunting for food to feed her family, but it will take more than her wilderness skills to survive in a vast arena filled with hidden dangers, where it's either kill or be killed. When you know that only one person can survive the Games, can you possibly make alliancesor even forge friendshipswith the other contestants? Will the people you trust only betray you in the end in order to save themselves? Orworsewill you have to betray them? The Hunger Games is like no other book you've read before. It's also just the first book in a planned trilogyand by the time you finish it, you'll be dying to find out what happens next. In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.