The Hunger Games Trilogy
So yeah. It's a series again; but in my defense, you cannot have one without the other two.
Dystopian society, government that is not as benevolent as they would like you to believe, gladiator style games to commemorate a "failed" rebellion so many years ago no one even remembers the truth, love triangle that doesn't completely overwhelm the story itself, and a kick-ass heroine who struggles with her forceful introduction to the position of revolutionary icon.
Yeah. This is a GREAT story.
I will also say - without giving away any of it, because I really want my readers to read the story for themselves - that I have never met a protagonist so unlikable and yet so incredibly appealing to me. Katniss Everdeen, on first glance, is hard, cold, and completely emotionally detached from the world around her. But read between the lines (she narrates the entire story) and you find a character who resonates with every wound you've ever borne in life. She truly is the epitome of sacrificial...okay, not counting Jesus of course. I am talking about the completely human version. She is self-deprecating and often annoyingly cynical/apathetic/morbid. Yet she still manages to draw you into what's really at stake and how incredibly strong she is as a woman, a warrior, and a heroine.
And that's all I have to say about that.