I only bought and read this book in the first place because my friend wouldn't stop nagging me about it. I bought this book against my better judgement, as to be honest I really didn't like the sound of it. I will never doubt my friend EVER again!! I will warn you now, only buy this book if you are willing to stay up until 4 in the morning because you simply cannot bring yourself to put the book down. I was dubious about this book at first because to me the blurb makes it sound like a horrible book filled with mindless violence, but trust me when I say The Hunger Games is about so much more than that. True, you cannot read The Hunger Games without reading about violence, because the Games themselves are a fight to the death, but along the way you also get to read about friendship, courage, loyalty and love. The Hunger Games is a fantastic series and I urge everyone to read these fantastic books.