The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger GamesKatniss Everdeen lives in a world far different from our own. The Capitol City, ringed by 12 districts, demands two tributes every year to compete in The Hunger Games. A boy and a girl from each district are taken to the capitol to compete in the ultimate reality TV show – survival of the fittest, a literal fight to the death. A show where you not only have to survive, you have to impress your sponsors to get needed supplies. The last one left standing is the winner. Sixteen year old Katniss volunteers for the horrors of The Hunger Games when her 12 year old sister’s name is drawn, and she can’t bear to let Prim compete. She and Peeta, her fellow District 12 tribute, travel to the capitol, and see first hand the luxury those in the capitol live in, compared to the crushing poverty of their own district. Katniss struggles, not only with the situation at hand, but with her own feelings, fears, and the reality that, with all the performing for the cameras, she’s not sure who she really is. The Hunger Games is fascinating, involving, and hard to put down. The book has been optioned for a movie.