The Hunger Games is the best dystopian novel I have ever read. It makes the reader see the costs and sacrifices that come with living during war. The characters do everything in their power to keep their loved ones safe, even if it costs them their lives. They do not play into the government's machinations, and fight a cause that is both noble and heroic. Suzanne Collins is one of the best teen authors of her time, and engages the reader to empathize for what the characters are put through.
In the best-selling first volume of the trilogy set in the cruel world of Panem, the annual Hunger Games pit young children against one another in a battle to the death on national television, so when Katniss is ordered to represent her district, she knows an important decision between survival and the love of another will have to be made when she is called to enter the ring. Reprint.