The Hunger Games is the best dystopian novel I have ever read. It makes the reader see the costs and sacrifices that come with living during war. The characters do everything in their power to keep their loved ones safe, even if it costs them their lives. They do not play into the government's machinations, and fight a cause that is both noble and heroic. Suzanne Collins is one of the best teen authors of her time, and engages the reader to empathize for what the characters are put through.
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting young people against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister'splace.