The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins
Before I read this book I heard a lot of people tell me it was good and that I needed to read it. When I would ask what its about all they would tell me is The Hunger Games. I always thought "well that tells me a lot" So I went into this book blind as well. To be completely honest at first I was a little mortified when I found out what the hunger games actual was. But this is the first book in a LONG time that I actually couldn't put down. I would stay up late into the night reading. An all around great book.
In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.