The Hunger Games

It's been awhile since I've read a book straight through in a few hours.  What can I say, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was unputdownable (no, I don't think that's really a word... but it should be).  So I'm tired today because I didn't expect to be up all night reading.  This novel is classified as young adult (YA) fiction but I totally forgot about that after a page or two.

The hook (I'm paraphrasing):  In post-apocalyptic North America, kids from the ages of 12 to 18 are chosen by lottery to represent their districts in the Hunger Games.  While the whole world watches, these kids must fight to the death in an arena where the Gamemakers have total control.  The winner is the last one standing.

It's like Shirley Jackson's classic short story The Lottery meets Stephen King's The Running Man... but with teenagers!

Highly, highly recommend this.

ETA:  I just ordered the second book in the series, Catching Fire.  It can't get here soon enough.