Katniss lives in District 12, the farthest district away from the Capitol in a futuristic dystopia (that means that life is not so good); the Capitol has complete control of everyone and everything, including the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a kind of extreme reality show where contestants, chosen at random by lottery, are forced to fight to the death. As a main character in this story, Katniss is, of course, one of the contestants.
There is little I can say about this book–and its sequel Catching Fire, which I liked just as much (though something that happened in Chapter 10 did annoy me, though briefly)–that will be as true as this…it is amazing. Read it. Share it with others. I’ve not read a book I’ve enjoyed this much in a long, long time.
Warning–it is a little sad.