It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12â"18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death. Copies of the book are available for check out one month prior to the meeting. Small meeting room.