Post by: Heather M. White, author of the Destiny Saga.
The Hunger Games start out at the day of the reaping. For the people of District 12, this is the one day a year you have off. You don't have to wake up early, you can just lounge and enjoy your day... However, most people can't sleep out of fear.
The reaping is the annual celebration where they pick 2 lucky contestants to compete in the Hunger Games. 1 male, 1 female, both between the ages of 12 and 18. As you get older, your odds of getting chosen increase.
During this book I never found myself wondering why anything was happening. Everything was described in great detail from Day 1... The rules of the games are simple: 24 contestants, 1 survivor. It's a game of endurance, strength, wisdom, and a lot of luck.
With every page, I found a new surprise. I wondered: what if? Katniss, the main girl in the book, never had hot chocolate until she was on her way to the "Capitol". I couldn't imagine my childhood without the yummy treat.
The games are, as promised, brutal. Yet, the people watch anyway. Hoping, praying, that their loved-ones, and friends survive.
This book kept me very entertained, and on the edge of my seat the whole time. I will admit, I cried a few times throughout this books. Really, how could you not with 23 deaths? The descriptions are not gory in the least, and very age appropriate. This book was a little slow at first, but I enjoyed it. I give it 4.5 of 5 stars.