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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games - Suzanne  Collins Amazing young adult novel set in a dystopian future society, in the US (though you wouldn't know it) after some sort of catastrophe. Totally awesome even when reading as an adult. The world was just so real, so compelling. I have to say, I've read plenty of vivid stories in the past, but this one gave me more dreams than any other series I've ever read. I dreamed I was there so many times. It is absolutely amazing, and you truly sympathize for the characters' sad, sorry plight. You are outraged on their behalf, devastated. Even people who don't like reading much or often will be drawn into this book and its sequels.