Look no further for the perfect late winter/early spring read!

"The Hunger Games" has gone viral, attracting the most diverse readers to share in the experience. With the perfect combination of the best qualities inside every book, "The Hunger Games" has created the strong and determined, ferocious and courageous heroine that has been missing from teen fiction for so long.

If you haven't heard of Suzanne Collins' trilogy, you really must get out more; the trilogy is today's young adult hit, the new sensation for romance, action and suspense lovers alike. If you're still waiting to read it, you had better pause "American Idol" or "The Office" and get started.

"The Hunger Games" is not your typical "damsel in distress" sappy love story, nor is it the wordy, depressing dystopian novel that English teachers love to force upon us. Oh no. It is far from that. It is a story in which strength and power meet love and courage, all twisted together in a raging battle against the all-powerful government.

The book is set in the country of Panem, in a time when North America has been overturned by the rich and vengeful Capitol. Each year, the Capitol sponsors the Hunger Games, a deadly game where one teenage boy and girl from each of Panem's 12 Districts is selected to compete in a televised competition that leaves one survivor. Each year, the "tributes" face new obstacles, but the point of the game is always the same: kill or be killed.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12, where she single-handedly provides for her family. She chooses to sacrifice herself by participating in the Hunger Games in exchange for the safety of her little sister. Together with the other tribute, kind and quiet Peeta Mellark, Katniss is shipped off to compete against other teenagers from around the nation. Katniss and Peeta are faced with the impossible decision: Is it right to kill in order to get back home? The Hunger Games is a shocking and exhilarating read, filled with suspense, action and teenage love.

Fans of the trilogy are eagerly awaiting the release of the first "Hunger Games" movie, which is fast approaching: March 23. Directed by Gary Ross, the movie promises to be an exciting rendition of the much-loved book. Katniss is being played by Jennifer Lawrence and Peeta by Josh Hutcherson, with other well-known stars such as Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci and Woody Harrelson also starring.

With all the excitement having already begun, it's easy to see that there will be a lot of tired kids in school the day after the midnight premiere.

The other books in the Hunger Games trilogy are: "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay." Rainah Umlauf is a junior at Springville-Griffith Institute.