The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [Book]
Now I am not one for intense action or adventure, I like a little mental subterfuge with my books, but THIS one ... wow.
In the last few years, as I've gotten older, I have found that the "teen" books are becoming more mature, and that is why I love Twilight, Harry Potter, and Tamora Pierce books as much as I do Shakespeare, Conan Doyle, and Winspear to name a few.
Suzanne Collins created a book so powerful, that it is now part of a series of books, the second which comes out in a mere month. I have already preordered it, and that is something to say since I NEVER do that, I like to peruse at B&N, so I end up picking up the new one I desire ... along with others ...
But enough about my weird buying habits, here's the official summary and it is a perfect way to learn about this book. I got hooked the by first few pages:
"In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. Bu if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love."
Even though this books if for twelve and up, I don't recommend it to those who cannot handle the fact that Katniss does not shy away from having to kill people. Her humanity, however, remains intact. One of her many endearing qualities.