Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
I'll make this short and sweet. Since it's been reviewed here so much, I think people pretty much know the plot, but if you don't, here's a cool link for you.
The first part, before the games, is incredibly, utterly boring. Katniss does not stop talking about her sister, and her mother, and worrying constantly about how they're going to cope without her. Yeah, it's important to highlight this, but it seemed like she talked about it every 10 pages or so. After a point it got really irritating, and I quit reading for a couple of days because of that.
When the games started, however, I couldn't put this down. Just couldn't. I especially love the fact that she didn't hold back about the injuries and deaths sustained in the arena, and they were pretty gruesome. I also really liked that she showed Katniss could survive on her own - she wasn't an idiot or some stereotypical woman who couldn't fend for herself (*cough*Bella*coughcough*), and she even saved Peeta on a few occasions.
The ending was a bit weak (it seemed like the climax came way too quickly...get your mind out of the gutter), but this was definitely a good book, although I don't think it's one of the best YA novels out there. Definitely worth reading. Hopefully the sequel is just as good!