Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
I've been waiting for months to read this book. I'm not stingy, but I prefer to read for free! Unfortunately the hold list through the library is very, very long. I believe I was number 47 a few months ago. Last week I received the email informing me the wait was over; the book was waiting for me at the library. Perfect timing! The kids (and I) just started a 3 week winter break from homeschooling. Virtually uninterrupted reading time!
As usual, it took a few chapters before I was completely hooked. However, once I reached that point there was no stopping. I'm very glad I'm a straggler, because I don't think I would have endured waiting for each subsequent book in the series to be released!
I wasn't even finished reading the first book and I was trying to find out how long the hold list was at the library for the second book. Thankfully I was able to borrow free eBooks of the remaining two books in the series and I read them from my iPad!
I laughed, I cried and was an emotional wreck for a full 5 minutes at one point, I was furious and riveted... this book is truly an emotional roller coaster! You're rooting for Katniss (and Peeta) but utterly frustrated with her at the same time...
The movie, based on the book(s), is supposed to hit theaters in late March... I almost don't want to see it because I know the movie will never compare with how spectacular I played everything out in my own head - all the small yet significant details that are often overlooked when it comes to a movie.
If you've read the book(s) - I'd love to get your reaction. If you haven't, I would highly recommend reading the series!
Following is the description of the first book from Amazon:
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
...AND MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOR!