“I had low expectations going into this, so I'm surprised at how much I liked it. Collins is pretty good at the thriller genre, and that's pretty much what this is. A page-turner. The concept is pretty simple, but it comes off surprisingly effective. The one complaint I have is that it doesn't go into sufficient detail for my tastes about the world and the time in which the story is set. I'm hoping this will be addressed in future books, though. I really love the touches of Appalachia that come through as well, since the book is set there, albeit in a futuristic world. ”
Like your review but I still think it deserves more than 3 stars even if it didn't go into a terrible amount of detail about the Capitol and the futuristic world. That might have detracted from the way the book built on Katniss, her family, her sense of desperation in District 12, her (literal) duty as breadwinner and her resolve to put her sister and mother first before self or anything in life-be it schoolmates, reaching adulthood alive, or love. It was more than a page turner, it was shocking to see the spectrum of humanity, from the capitol's voyeauristic, shallow, & masochistic citizens, to the youth that "train" to be tributes in Districts 1-3, and all the other districts that are cut off from eachother and the part they play in the economic and social climate of this world. A novel concept and well done, IMO!