This was not my favorite Koontz novel but I read it anyway. Honestly, I can't even remember the characters' names! I know there were these two unusual creatures that change the world. The ending was a real let-down, too! I just didn't get the whole thing. Very disappointing!
And, I'm so glad I did! Wicked cool book! Yes, it's designed for young adults but the action never stops and the characters are so well drawn that I couldn't stop reading.
It's sometime in the future. America , as we know it, no longer exists. Instead, North America is divided into twelve districts each responisble for a product. The captitol is now in Colorado. Katniss Everdeen is a teenager living in District 12, the coal mining district, with her mom and younger sister Primrose. Their father was killed in a mining accident and Katniss teaches herself how to hunt illegally, with her friend Gale, to keep their families fed.
Once a year there is a lottery. All the names of kids between 12 and 18 are put into a hat and one girl and one boy are chosen to participate in the Hunger Games. What that involves is 24 teenagers put into a wilderness arena where they have to try to be the lone survivor. Yes, they have to kill each other. The victor gets riches for the rest of his or her life. The whole thing is televised to all the districts.
When twelve-year-old Prim's name is picked, Katniss volunteers to go instead and that is allowed. She and Peeta, the baker's son, embark on the most horrific journey of their lives.
This is the first of a trilogy and I can't wait to read the next two installments. I think I'll download them right now.