I just finished reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I don't read a lot of YA, unless my daughter suggests a book, but I went to the Heart of the West Romance Writers Conference where author, Dan Brown, gave a keynote talk about the book and how, through the course of the novel, it built the world and defined the characters. I downloaded it to my Kindle and couldn't put it down.
Normally, a post apocalyptic world does not attract my interest, but this world, though completely horrendous, kept me turning the pages from one awful, unthinkable scene to another.
Normally, I don't care to read a story in first person present. It's not the first person that bothers me, but I have difficulty with present tense. Collins pulled off the present tense so well that after the first few pages, I fell right into step with her style.
So - five of five stars to Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games! It's gripping and well written, and a best-seller. You can order it at Amazon.com: