Where to begin? I finished these books in less than a week. Rene's not far behind. You've probably read them, or are reading them, or have had someone tell you to read them. They are amazing and captivating and addicting. But you've likely heard that already.
If you haven't yet succumbed to peer pressure and started the series, I'd recommend it. Cautiously, that is.
First, because they are intense. You'll be on edge at the end of every page and will likely lose sleep. Depending on how much you enjoy reading and how much free time you have, that could be a positive or a negative thing.
Secondly, because they are intense. Not just in the page-turning-addictive way, but in content. These books deal with violent, disturbing, terrifying issues. But that is why I loved them. I know, I sound like a very disturbed individual at this point, but here is my thinking...
We read books like The Hunger Games and are shocked at the content. The things that an author could think up and put to paper. We're so comfortable and safe and well-fed in our lives that these things seem so strange and distant and impossible to us. And maybe those things are impossible in your world. You may never feel the pain of starvation or the fear of oppression or the horror of violence. But there are real people in the world who do. Currently.
That is why I loved the Hunger Games. Yes, the story was a wonderful one. But it also gave me a wake up call. It reminded me that what I thought to be so impossible and far away was closer to home and more real than I'd recognized.
May our eyes be opened to others. May we be more often reminded of the pain and injustice in our world. And more importantly, may we be inspired to so something about it.