The world created by Suzanne Collins in this book is horrifying yet captivating. It's shocking, violent, & full of turmoil. Putting the book down once I got into it was not an option I wanted to consider. She made an unbelievable idea believable, characters likable, and despite being digusted at the concept of the Hunger Games, I found myself wanting them to win. I am looking forward to reading Catching Fire next!
*Update: (read first time in 2010, read again just before the movie came out and once again after I saw the movie).