Few books in the past century have drawn me in so fully as The Hunger Games.
I didn't find out about these books until I read about them in a magazine. The brief synopsis was enough to get me reading.
The first in the three part series centers around Katniss, a teenager in a district centered around the Capitol. The Capitol controls everything about her district as well as the other 11 districts after an uprising 75 years previously. The Capitol squashed the uprising by nuking the now nonexistent District 13. Ever since, each district is forced to sacrifice one boy and one girl from every district to fight to the death on a reality television show.
When Katniss takes her sister's place in the games she must deal with conflicting emotions for her partner and her best friend, the majority of the players gunning for her death, and issues with the Capitol that go far deeper than anyone ever dreamed.
This book is riviting and at the same time incredibly easy to read. It's appropriate for almost all ages as Colins does a great job of keeping the graphic imagery to a minimum. Read this book, seriously. Not only does it keep you guessing and intrigued but it's a pretty decent representation of what's going to happen to this country if things don't chage. But that's just me.