It's the day of the Reaping, an annual ritual in Panem, a futuristic world where hunger and starvation are the norm. Every youth between the ages of 12 and 18 from all 12 districts await the verdict. One boy and 1 girl will be selected from each district to participate in the Hunger Games, twenty-four in all. They will be trained for a week, with abundant food, exercise and clothing. And at the end of the week, they will be placed in the arena, where they will be observed by millions on live TV as they are forced to fight to the death.
16-year-old Katniss is used to hunting for food since she secretly poaches meat back home to feed her family, and to barter with at the market. So when her younger sister’s name is called to be a participant in the Reaping, Katniss steps forward to take her place. In another world, Katniss and the other participants might have been friends. Some might have even been more. But in the world of the Hunger Games, there can only be one winner, and that is the only person left alive.
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