I get it now, what all the hype was over this book. It was good, really good. Suzanne Collins takes something as familiar as a TV game show and twists it into an evil mechanism to control the population. In the arena, 24 teens must fight to the death; only one victor will leave alive. Sounds grim and gruesome, but somehow the humanity of the characters shines out amidst the darkness. The Hunger is definitely worth reading.