The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins’ breakout novel 'The Hunger Games' most known now for the major motion picture is the first of the three books ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay’ respectively and is one of the novels that birthed the YA craze.
'The Hunger Games' begins when sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District Twelve, volunteers to take the place of her younger sister Primrose as she is elected to be in the games. The arena in the games is full of hazards, traps and weapons made deliberately to add to the torture of the contestants, ultimately entertaining the viewers. Once in the arena, you either kill or get killed - the last one alive is deemed victorious and crowned the winner whilst broadcast on live television.
The novel, although most known for the practically non-existent romantic relationship between characters Peeta and Katniss, doesn't overshadow the political issues in the book. Collins brings a new meaning to dystopia as she brilliantly conjures the anti-utopian society Panem - a place that was once the ruins of North America. From Districts one through to twelve, as they struggle to survive in their poor communities, the Capitol (the government) seem to have everything they need at the press of a button. The book addresses and tackles themes such as oppression, war and poverty.
However, Collins' world-building isnt the only reason for the success of the novel, but the authenticity and genuinity of the characters. From heroine to villain, Collins writes characters that are believable; with an incredibly tangible plot, filled with unpredictable, epic twists and turns throughout, this novel will keep you up till the wee hours of the morning.