It's far from senselessly violent, though - following a violent uprising where thirteen worker districts rebelled against the elite Capitol in a post-Apocalyptic North America, the vulnerable-feeling, but victorious, Capitol implements the "Hunger Games", an annual televised competition intended to keep the Districts in their place with a combination of intimidation and just a sliver of hope. Each year, each district must offer up one boy & one girl between 12 – 18 to fight to the death for glory, food & supplies for their district. The Games have become the ultimate reality show for the idle Capital in which the Districts must compete whole-heartedly, simply because the stakes are so high.
Katniss Everdeen finds herself competing in the games when she volunteers to protect her sensitive younger sister. To give more away would be unfair, but suffice it to say that The Hunger Games is miles from the emo-idiocy of the Twilight series. Though the premise at times tests the limits of disbelief, it is nonetheless heartfelt, intelligent and frequently imaginative.
An intense, thoughtful thrill ride that mostly transcends its teen-lit origins and serves as a sobering reminder that it never bodes well to indulge a financial elite at the expense of the other.