Katniss Everdeen lives in a post-apocalyptic version of the USA, where inhabitants’ movements are restricted to the districts in which they were born. Condemned to a life of drudgery, Katniss works hard to feed her family. However, when her name is pulled from a hat, she is chosen as a participant in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death between young people of rival districts.
Dark and violent, these books are well-loved by this generation’s teenagers, but perhaps are not appropriate for a younger audience. Entwining romance and action, these page-turners have short chapters to encourage reluctant readers and enough plot twists to keep anyone reading.
This immensely popular series has achieved cult status in recent years, thanks not only to the books, but also to the very successful films which accompany it.
The Hunger Games (2008)
Catching Fire (2009)