The Hunger Games is a post-apocalypse novel with a twist. The perspective is that of a teenager who is forced to participate in an annual spectacle called the hunger games. The hunger games are more like a gladiatorial contest than anything else, and of the 24 participants, from ages 12 to 18, only one makes it out alive.
Sixteen year old Katniss is her family's provider. Her father was killed in a mine accident, and when it happened her mother emotionally collapsed. When Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the hunger games she thinks she's destined to die, but maybe a young girl from District 12 can pull off a miracle. The Hunger Games is the first book in a trilogy and I can't wait to read the other two. Very highly recommended.