I refused to read this book for the longest time because I felt like I was cheating on the similar type book titled "Battle Royale". Well, I was striking out on audiobooks on overdrive to rent so I went for this series. I never expected to be so hooked. I absolutely adored this series. I watched the movie when it came out, but found that I enjoyed the book a bit more. The characters were relatable - even Katniss, who seems a sort of emotionally disconnected. This book exceeded my expectations and I finished the next two in the series shortly after. It's rare for me to absolutely adore a series, but this did it for me.