I have been devouring books again - and this one was an easy one to sink my teeth into. I know, I know, I'm a little late. I saw the article in Entertainment Weekly about the movie and was intrigued by the plot line. I wasn't expecting much, since most Young Adult books that get turned into movies typically are not that great of a read (there are exceptions here, of course!). But I can't imagine that the movie is going to do this book justice. Suzanne Collins nails it.
First off, her world and characters are very believable. The main character, Katniss, is coming-of-age in a world that isn't so friendly to teenagers. In fact, the government requires them to fight to the death. One male and one female from each district are brought to the capital and entered into the Hunger Games, where the last male or female standing wins a large prize for their district and themselves (not to mention they are still alive).
Katniss comes from District 12, the coal mining district and the poorest. All odds are stacked against her when she steps into the arena. Suzanne Collins plays against your expectations. She puts you in Katniss's head - swarmed with emotions, misread signals, questions, and anger. We, as the reader, see oftentimes what she doesn't. We understand more than she does because of how we were brought up - but that just makes Katniss more likeable, because you understand her, even when she doesn't understand herself.
I am definitely going to pick up the other two novels in the series - I was very pleased that this book. Even the ending left me satisfied but still questioning a few things. And the descriptions are almost lyrically playing over and over again in my head.