Well, I finished The Hunger Games last night. What a ride. I really liked it a lot. While reading the story I felt parts of it were familiar, and after awhile, I think it was because it reminded me of Stephen King's The Long Walk...which I loved, too.
The book left me wanting more, obviously, since it ends one story arc but fails to resolve the main one. Which, I guess, is why there is a book two and three. I've already ordered book two, so we'll see how that goes.
I'm definitely glad I read it. I'm not sure what age range it is marketed to, but I wouldn't let anybody under thirteen read it due to the violence and adult subject matter.