What better way to pass the three hour train ride to Montauk than a (supposedly) addicting new series?
The Hunger Games trilogy features a dystopia, in which a totalitarian government forces children to fight to the death. These annual battles are broadcast to the entire country in order to keep down the morale and spirit of the entire society. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, is interesting, determined, and deeply flawed. This is first book of the trilogy, and I loved it. It's a thrilling read, the very best of recent YA fiction out there. There's a romantic triangle of sorts, but Katniss is far from a love-struck girl blinded by the so-called perfection of her suitors (coughtwilightcough), and the reasoning behind the triangle is realistic and understandable. Be warned, however: the final novel, Mockingjay, will tear out your heart and stomp on it. May the odds be EVER in your favor.