The premise is the future and the future is not bright. In this intriguing science fiction/thriller children of a certain age are chosen to fight to the death in the highly anticipated ‘Hunger Games’, kind of like the Roman Coliseum but covering a lot more territory. Of course, there is history behind this – North America as we would know it lies in ruins and the ruling government is punishing anyone harshly who would defy their protocol. Katniss takes the place of her little sister, Prim, after Prim is chosen for sure death to compete in ‘the Games.’ As the story unfolds enemies are vicious and cruelty is the currency to survive and win glory for your district. Katniss is quite a fighter, though, and she meets up with her match in the story. It is an exciting chase of cat and mouse for all who are fighting for their lives. The tension between characters, the skills they must posess, the dialogue between characters is all well told and scripted. Again, you cannot guess the ending ahead of time. The plot is so unique. Action, character development, ethics, good writing from the author who wrote Gregor the Overlander.