First in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy.
Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place.
Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence.
But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
After watching the movie, I found my interest piqued, I needed to read the books!
If you've not read the book, you are missing out!
It is absolutely amazing, I found myself turning the pages in eager anticipation of what would happen next because as with most books brought to the big screen, a lot of detail was missing and I found myself discovering things the movie never told us.
The book is one of those that leaves you wanting more, it's just incredible!
Katniss is a feisty character but deep down she is a girl who is scarred by the loss of her father and driven to care for the family she has left.
This is why when the annual reaping is held, Katniss offers herself as a tribute in place of her sister.
Peeta is the bakers son, with his name selected as the male tribute, he finds himself heading off to the Capitol with Katniss, a girl he shares just one memory with.
But when the two are forced together for The Hunger Games, only one can survive.
This book consumed me, I found myself reading until the early hours of the morning, counting down the hours till my lunch break when I could catch up with the games and racing home to curl up on the sofa and delve further into the story,
This book captured my imagination in an instant and pulled me further in with every page.
I loved how throughout the events of training for the games and entering the games, we are taken back into the memories of Katniss, this allows us to see why she is driven and what links her and Peeta.
One of the things that fascinated me is how much I felt for Gale reading the book, in the present tense we are only introduced to Gale briefly but it is through memories that we get to discover more about him, I am really hoping he will be featured a lot more in Catching Fire,
If you love the film, you will LOVE the book and if you haven't read/watched either, you really need to.
Because like I said before, it's incredible!