Remember what the MPAA says: Deplorable horrific violence is OK as long as nobody uses any naughty words
Or shows naughty bits.
I'm going to see this Sunday afternoon with my better half and her woman friends. So I doubt I'll complain one way or another.
But I liked the book. It was entertaining. But it felt like it was written by a screen writer (which it was): it was fast paced and shallow. I did find it rather predictable, with the exception of what what the game designers randomly put in to the game (but that was the least important part, in my opinion).
I liked the book. It was entertaining. I haven't read the rest of the series (yet?) but the first book was devoid of any actual exploration of the situation, skirted moral issues, never confronting the world she created head on. Now, that is probably hard to do in a young adults book.
For kids it's great. You can use it to teach media literacy. My hypothetical children would be required to try the Hunger Games along with Harry Potter and His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass). And while I wouldn't deny them Twilight, I've have to read along and point out the many
problems with the messages in that book. (And that's not counting the Mormon abstinence before marriage thing.) I've seen two of the Twilight movies one night for fun.
(Sigh, you can't link via text to YouTube videos? Sigh. I had to shorten the links.)