A futuristic novel. What’s left of North America is now Panem - a country divided with 12 Districts and a strong Capitol. Annually, the Capitol hosts ‘The Hunger Games’ - a fierce competition to the death between tributes from each district.Katniss Everdeen grew up in District 12 - a coal-mining district that’s one of the poorest in Panem. When her twelve year old sister, Prim, is picked as a competitor - Katniss volunteers in Prim’s place.If I can describe this book in one word, it would be wow. I can see why this book has been making the rounds on the YA blogs. Suzanne Collins creates a complex and well-crafted world as well as plot. Katniss is a kick-ass girl character - very much like Katsa from Graceling or Tamora Pierce’s Alanna. Adventure, suspense and a dash of romance wrapped up in a delightful novel.The second book, Catching Fire, is coming out in September 2009. Can’t wait.