I bought this book last week from Amazon.co.uk and read it in just six hours. I'm quite proud of myself. I was horribly tired in school the next day, but it was well worth it. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an amazing book, I would recommend it to everyone.
^My edition. You can fold the front cover over to choose which character (Peeta or Katniss) to have on the front.
The main character Katniss comes from the last of twelve Districts in a country that used to be North America. Every year, to celebrate the Capitol's success, they hold an event called "The Hunger Games". In light of these Games, each District has to choose one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to represent their District. The twenty four boys and girls must then fight to the death in an arena - which is broadcast on television for all to see - and the winner earns respect, money and a whole new lifestyle.
Katniss and Peeta, of District Twelve, take part in the 75th Hunger Games. This book follows their time preparing for the Games and in the arena.
^ The two characters - Katniss and Peeta. At first, I struggled to get over the strange character names in this book, but I've gotten used to it now. Most of the characters - even the minor ones - have fairly odd names.
I ordered the second book in the trilogy on Friday, and it arrived yesterday. For a second hand book it's in excellent condition. I'm reading it now, and I do prefer the first one but this one is almost as thrilling!
^ The second book in the series.
I also bought these books:
'Gone' by Michael Grant
'Gifts' by Ursula Le Guin
'City of Bones' by Cassandra Clare
'Feed' by M.T. Anderson
I'm addicted to buying books - it's quite embarrassing!