Well played, Suzanne Collins...I avoided this book like I avoided Twilight since it came out and everybody went batshit crazy for it. I thought it was going to be just like it, with the bad writing, poorly developed characters and overly sappy, romance.But it wasn't!I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the first of the trilogy! I like Katniss, thought she was pretty damned badass and not dependent on a male character. I liked that. I liked that she was the strongest character. Generally, this book was completely engrossing, easy to read and quick to read also. It reads like young adult fiction, to me, but in the same way that The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak does. It's YA but it's brutal and violent and fast-paced and dramatic.Winner!