In the future we are divided into districts controlled by the decadent in the Capital and must pay tribute for a past rebellion by having a group of teenagers fight to the death in a bizarre arena for amusement. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her sister and face this almost certain death. But that is only the beginning of her troubles. The trilogy has now moved on to a movie series, which I may or may not see, but I will recommend the books. There are problems: the pacing, especially after the first installment until almost the very end, just doesn't work, and most characters come and go (what do I expect in books about casual murder?) without the details that would make them shine; however, I think it does a good job showing the horrors of a reality TV addicted, jaded society and illustrates the damage of post traumatic stress. I think it's inspired by Battle Royal for those of you that want an even darker version (and there is a movie, too).