I'm surprised nobody's posted about this book. I read it a month or so ago, and WOW it was fantastic. I recommend it for kids around 10 years old (who can handle quite a bit of gore) and up. It's the story of a totalitarian government that keeps the 12 districts that make up the society in line by holding a game each year in which teens, ages 12-18, must fight to the death. Last man standing goes home to glory and great material rewards. The game participants are 2 teens per district, one boy and one girl, who are chosen by lottery. This is the first book in a trilogy. If it means anything to you, Stephen King enjoyed it.