My book club just finished the first book of this trilogy and most of us really enjoyed it. The time in the arena dragged in a few places for me, and although I saw a certain setup coming (which shall remain nameless), it still worked! I cried my eyes out!
My favorite parts involve the creativity the author puts
into the staging and the stylists and the interviews. I liked the costumes. I
also liked the irony in the fact that Katniss is forced to please the very
people she despises.
I do think so much more could have been done with the Peeta
relationship, but maybe the author wanted to keep it tame for a PG audience. The
violence though makes it PG13, I would think (though I was surprised that one of
my friends found the violence too tame). Racier feelings could have gone along
with that level of violence. I just didn't feel enough sexual tension in that
relationship, but not everyone in my club agreed.
Overall, I recommend this book.