I admit to having read The Long Walk by Stephen King several times. I used to do so in a rather surreptitios manner, after all how do you explain to people "what the story is about".
For those of you who haven't read it, it was originally published in 1979 under King's psuedomym Richard Bachman. It's a dystopic story about 100 boys age 14-18 who volunteer to participate in the National Sport, a walk that begins at the Maine/Canada border, and ends when only one boy is left walking. Each Walker must maintain a speed of at least four miles per hour; if he drops below that for 30 seconds, he receives a verbal warning (which can be erased by walking for one hour without being warned). If a Walker with three warnings slows down again, he is shot dead. The winner earns fame, fortune, and anything they want for life.
In many ways it's very much like The Hunger Games (only it was never marketed for a YA audience, even though the MC is 16 and all the major characters are 18 or under.)
Have you read/Would you read The Long Walk. How do you think it compares to The Hunger Games? Why do you think this type of book appeals to people of all ages?