Teen Stuff: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The U.S. as we know it has fallen. Now, 12 North American districts exist in its place, each serving only to support the oppressive Capitol district, which every year requires 2 tributes (aged 12-18) from each district to participate in a televised battle royale called the Hunger Games, a fight to the death that will leave only one teen alive.

Enter Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl from the poorest district, who makes the ultimate sacrifice in choosing to participate in the Games in place of her younger sister. A sharpshooter bow hunter and expert tree climber, Katniss must rely on her hunting skills in order to survive the lethal attacks from the other tributes. Violently bloody from the start, Hunger Games pulls no punches, yet it speaks to the plight of children suffering during wartime, a timely if not innocuous theme. The sequel, Catching Fire, will be released on September 1, 2009.