For those of you who haven't read The Hunger Games, you're missing out. This series is my new favorite - I absolutely love it! I shied away from it for a long time after hearing it was about teenagers battling it out to the death (sounded pretty gruesome), but after all the reviews, I had to try it out. I'm so glad I did! I am officially obsessed with the series. It was well written, & sent me on a huge rollcoaster ride of emotions - excitement, anger, joy, anxiety, sadness, frustration. It reminded me in many ways of Lord of the Flies & The Lottery (a particular favorite short story that I remember from high school - showing a community's way of keeping "peace" through horrendous means). I highly recommend this! It's a trilogy - book 2: Catching Fire, & book 3 (coming out at the end of August): Mockingjay. They're also making a movie of the first book, due out sometime in 2011.