This is a fabulous book series about a post-apocalyptic world called Panem. The story is told from the sixteen-year old Katniss Everdeen's point of view.
There are 12 districts, each fulfilling a purpose to supply the all powerful Capital with whatever they need. Food, clothing, diamonds, coal, etc. Each district has a job they are forced to do. Katniss is from District 12, the poorest and the least "controlled" district.
Panem had gone through a horrible world war. The Districts had rebelled against the government and many cities and people were wiped out. North America ultimately became Panem. The Capital decided to create The Hunger Games, a fight-or-die game where a boy and girl from the ages of 12-18 would become tributes from each district. 24 tributes and only one survivor. The Games were created to simply remind the Districts of the Capital's power. To remind them of their dictating power over all of Panem.
Only Katniss Everdeen does not expect her younger sister Prim to be called in the Reaping. She does not expect to volunteer for her. Does not expect the boy who once saved her life to be facing her in the Games. She does not expect to find love. She expects only death, as everyone does who lives in Panem and is forced to view the Games on TV. Only expectations are best left behind. William Shakespeare seems to say it best, "Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits."
Hope I gave a justifiable description of THG. It's hard to describe something you know so much about- without giving too much away!