The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I highly recommend this series! When a friend first told me about the books, it didn't sound like something I'd really like, but once I started reading the first one, I couldn't put it down! I finished the series in less than a week.
And also, just like the Capitol made the games about the "star-crossed lovers" from District 12, people have made the series all about Peeta and Katniss' love story, when that is only a minor part of the whole story. We are the capitol. Suzanne Collins got it right.