The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A thriving country called Panem had risen from the ashes of a once well-known country in North America. With 12 Districts (formerly 13) and the Capital a lot goes on. Our main character Katniss Everdeen lives in the poorest of all the districts: District 12 which manufactures coal. In Panem the 12 Districts are basically controlled by the Capital and are forced to send 2 tributes, a male and female from the ages of 12-18, each year for the much dreaded Hunger Games. You might ask why do they not just rebel against this but the Hunger Games are the aftermath of a previous rebellion which had caused the destruction of District 13. Anyways the book starts with Katniss, our 16-year-old heroine, waking up on the day of the choosing of the tributes. She lives with her 12-year-old sister, Prim, and her mother. This torn family was barely getting along after the death of her father and she was their only source of food and whatnot. Katniss is consistently illegally hunting with her best friend, Gale, and is doing very well until the today. Katniss’s sister Prim gets called to be a tribute and Katniss decides to take her baby sister’s place and the male contestant shares a past with her she can never forget. How will Katniss deal with this and come back alive? With such an interesting plot, thrilling action, and a great ending, only a fool would be dumb enough not to read this book. I rate this book “*****”. It’s much better than the very popular (and somewhat crappy) Twilight.