Summaries from inside cover of the book
The Hunger Games
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see tomorrow?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh & cruel & keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy & one girl between the ages of twelve & eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother & younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before- & survival for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity, & life against love.
Sparks are igniting. Flames are spreading. & the Capitol wants revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She & fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family & her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. & there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol- a rebellion that Katniss & Peeta may have helped create. Much to her shock, Katniss had fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. & what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
Age: 16 in The Hunger Games, 17 in Catching Fire (implied)
Description: Stocky build, blond hair that falls in waves over his forehead, blue eyes
Personal Life: Has two older brothers. Family owns a bakery. Decorates cakes. Enjoys painting.
Importance in the books: Is Katniss Everdeen's District partner for the 74th Hunger Games.
What makes him so special: Well, you have to read the books to find out ;)
Summary from The Hunger Games Cover
Acclaimed writer SUZANNE COLLINS author of The New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts of suspense & philosophy, adventure & romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.