Don't get me wrong. I like the idea. Good idea, not so good delivery. Except for the folk of the Capital, two teenagers between 12 and 18 get chosen to exemplarate their district and fight the other 22 members of the other eleven districts. Katniss and Peeta, not on purpose, change things up, showing off love for eachother they don't even know they have yet.
And it's a great thing too that in Act 3, Katniss and Peeta are allowed to both win. The only thing is, why wasn't that an idea from the beginning? I for one wouldn't have decided to let them shake hands unless that was planned from the start. What would've made more sense was to have twenty-four districts, half with boys, and the other half, you get the picture. I'm just sayin...
When the games start, things do get interestingly intense, like when Katniss overhears the band of Cato and Clove, and all the others, just twelve feet in the tree between them, as well as when Katniss and Rue are working together. Suzanne Collns butchers it up, putting in obvious dialogue, like when Katniss is confronted by Clove, and she mocks her about Rue, Clove does a speech that is very long and Clove is enjoying her mocking so much, she doesn't remember they're out in the open. When Katniss is saved, it's obvious Thresh is going to let her go, and we hear Katniss saying the speech we already heard when she was with Rue. It was all unneccesary, and considering Clove was calling for Cato, I'd do it like they did in the movie. When Katniss finds Peeta, in the book, she is relived to see him, but asks him to close his eyes again to observe his skills. He's hurt and needs help, she should've fell into his arms. When Katniss is weak from after the fight with Clove, she feels the presence of a calm boy, and don't pretend you don't know who. We all do before Katniss does. Finally, there's a story about Prim and a goat as they talk that's about the most uninteresting thing I've read in a teen's book in a while.
I see how The Hunger Games has become so popular; the great idea, some decent action, and readers who have mostly dodged my pointers.