In a society that has been torn apart by war, those in positions of authority have determined that the new society works better in factions, there are twelve districts (factions) in which people are separated. Everyone is in charge of the production of something that benefits everyone. Every year, through random selection, two citizens are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. In the rare event that someone wants to replace a candidate, he/she can volunteer for that spot. Of the twelve districts, there are a total of twenty-four that will compete. Upon entering the arena, the game begins as soon as the counter hits zero. It's a true kill or be killed scenario. The arena is an oversized video game, controlled by a group of people whose only job is to observe and control the environment. They have no control over the candidates, but they can and do make their lives difficult. As the number decreases, the aggression increases making it harder and harder to survive. The rules change towards the end of the game and that changes everything. Because of this change, there can be more than one winner. The games have shown some unlikely alliances, alliances that go beyond the factions or the game. Ultimately the winner (s) are crowned and life can return to normal... Or can it? Even though the games are over (this year)... The story of those involved is not. Who will the winner(s) be? How will their lives be changed? Is this the end of their story? I guess we'll find out... This entire story is somewhat barbaric, the factions feel like work camps instead of societies. The arena is a giant CGI interactive video game, controlled by some, played by others. A unique idea but with a lot of room for improvement.