Last year while working as a teaching assistant in year seven I spent many hours listening to the children rave about a book called 'The Hunger Games'. They would talk about it non stop, their excitement would not diminish once they finished reading; they simply turned the book over and started again. They would sit around and discuss in depth each character during break, lunch, and even maths!
I finally gave in, after my mum finished the books as well, and I have to say I totally understand now! I loved it! I was hooked throughout, so much so that my life practically came to a hault until I finished all three books. Even though this book is aimed at young adults (I feel now at the age of 22 I'm just out of this category) this book is a must read for all ages. It tackles a lot of life questions in an honest and exciting way.
If you have no idea what it is about, I am going to give a quick explanation but don't worry, no spoilers.
The book centres around Katniss Everdeen, a girl who has grown up in a world called Panem, run by The Capitol but also made up of 12 districts. Katniss lives in district 12 with her sister and mother. Every year, to exercise their control over the districts, The Capitol organise a Hunger Games. Each district has to send two tributes; one boy and one girl, who must all fight to the death. Only one can win.
Honestly, I urge you to read this book but it does come with a warning. Do not start if you are very busy: it's such an easy read you can get lost in the world of Panem and won't be able to stop. It is full to the brim of love, loss and most of all the will to survive.