I love finding a great series of books to read after the last one has been published. That is what happened to me with The Hunger Games trilogy. My friend told me I had to read it, and since I listen to her when it comes to books, I did.
The basic premise of the series is our world in an undefined future where everything has gone to Hell. With one central government holding control in an iron grip from the Capitol, each of the 12 districts must send one randomly selected boy and girl 12 or older for a televised fight to the death. And everyone is required to watch this on TV.
The Hunger Games (the first book) follows Katniss, a normal girl who’s been doing everything she can to help her family survive in a crappy situation. When she volunteers to go to the Hunger Games instead of her sister, you’re already on her side. Then add in the fact that the boy chosen from her district, Peeta, is someone who has helped her family before and now you’re not sure who you want to survive.
From the time they enter the arena, this book flies. You know it’s not going to be a book where people are in danger but are saved at the last minute, people will die. You’re not sure that there will be a happy ending for Katniss or Peeta.
Katniss is a smart, self sufficient girl, such a relief compared to so many girls in teen fiction who can’t do anything without a guy holding them up (::cough::Bella::cough::) Though there is a love story involved, Katniss never loses her strength to it nor do the books don’t revolve around it. This is the first in a great trilogy, worth anyone’s time. Visit the official site for more information. http://www.scholastic.com/thehungergames/