This is by far the best book I have read in a long time! A thoughtful, compelling commentary on our society made through a riveting story. Set in a broken future America, destroyed by war and famine, in which a small minority lives in extreme luxury while most of the citizens struggle daily just to survive. Under a corrupt and evil government, this future society glorifies violence so much that the one remaining "reality tv show" features children slaughtering eachother, and the winner's prize is enough food for their home district for the following year. While the premise is deeply disturbing, that is exactly the point. The story is told through the eyes of a jaded yet vulnerable young woman, and much of the story is in her internal conflict. Let's be clear - there are no happy endings in this world, but you just HAVE TO KNOW what's going to happen.