It's my own fault because I stayed up till 3 a.m. reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. It was absolutely outstanding! When does the next book come out?! For the record, I am shocked and appalled at how few people have read the Hunger Games or even know about it. (Catching Fire is the next book in the series). Aside from being a thrilling ride from start to finish, it addresses the confusion and woes of being a teenager from a completely different angle. Not to mention in a completely different light.
Imagine a society where the people have been tortured, belittled and virtually castrated into submission by the most ruthless dictator since Hitler. Balancing on that precarious edge of dictatorship is a girl, smack in the middle of puberty trying to figure out who and/or what she is and by what morals she should live her life. And it's by walking this tricky walk of being true to herself, family and those she cares about that she manages to unbalance the world she's trying preserve.
Provocative read. An absolute must read!