Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (first of a trilogy)
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: 2008
Hardcover: 384 pages

Hunger Games coverSummary: Katniss Everdeen may be a 16 year old girl, but the weight of the world hangs on her shoulders. Not only does she support her mother and 11 year old sister Prim by hunting (illegally), she is the one upon whom will hang the burden of fighting in the 74th annual Hunger Games — a gladitorial fight to which her district must contribute two children to fight 22 others to the death~ all for the entertainment of the Capital. But fighting with her (or is it against her?) will be Peeta, the quiet blond haired boy who saved her life when he gave her some bread, all those years ago. How will Katniss handle her bow when it’s other kids, and not wild animals whom she must hunt?

To whom will this appeal?: Neck-breakingly fast-paced and dark of tone, this book will appeal to the teen or adult who enjoys reading about the possible bleak dystopian futures we may all be facing. While there is some (gallows) humor, know that this book will weigh heavily on you, either creating a need for you to run out and read the next two in the trilogy — or to run away to some lighter fare.

Lovers of romance will find some sustenance here, as Katniss is torn between two amazing boys, (and there are some amazing fashion moments!) but Katniss is most definitely not your average stereotypical sighing-in-love girl.  Think blend of a cup of Twilight and a gallon of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo(Some romance mixed in with a strong, kicking-butt, fighting for survival,  female protagonist).