Before I start, the general gist of the book is that in a futuristic world, there is a practice called the Hunger Games, and each district in the country must send 1 boy and 1 girl to the capitol city to battle to the death.
The Science Fiction Nut: If you love sci-fi and you're asking, "Should I read the Hunger Games?" the answer is yes! The Hunger Games is set in the future, and there are futuristic aspects to the culture and the technology you see in the book. The world presented in the future is very different from ours; for example, America has been destroyed by floods and war, so instead there are 12 districts ruled by an oppressive capitol city.
The Chick-Flic/Romance Lover: This is me. I was really skeptical when I heard about this book, because it sounded like an action movie. So I did ask many people, "Should I Read the Hunger Games?" They said yes, because there is a romance aspect in this book between Peeta and Katniss, the main characters. I loved this book because of the face pace, and there's even as aspect of fashion and glamour in the capitol city. The main character is a girl, and the descriptions of her emotion really ring true.
The Action Seeker: There is so much action in this book! There is fighting and gore and blood, with all different kinds of weapons. The fast pace of this book will capture your attention. The concept of the book centers around a fight to the death in an arena, and many people do die. If you liked Gladiator, you'll like this book.
The Cry Baby: This book has some really emotion scenes, such as one between Katniss and Rue, another girl who has been sent into the battle. The beginning of the book is also really raw, when Katniss volunteers herself for battle. You'll love the sad and happy parts in this book and be rooting for Katniss all the way.
So is the Hunger Games good? It's so interesting because it's no story like any you've read before. It is not Harry Potter. It is not Twilight. It is The Hunger Games, and you should read it!!! The movie comes out at the end of March, and I always recommend reading the book before seeing the movie. If you've been waiting around for a book to read that you can count on enjoying, this is the one.
Here's the movie cast as their characters: