I confess The Hunger Games stirred a strong distaste for the idea of a big brother, totalitarian Government setting children against other children (and ever-there government manipulators) in fights to the death. What I like is good writing, and Suzanne Collins provides it in abundance – every character is immediately unique and believable, the world of Panem is lush with the ordinary, inventive, and truly odd details necessary to make it seem real, the dangers are both familiar and new. The second book, Catching Fire, seemed a bit of a stretch, the three-way non-romance getting thin, but overall the book was redeemable. But the third book, Mockingjay, went right to work setting things straight with more catastrophic action and a backside look at the political machinations deemed necessary to identify and curb chaos. As a whole, The Hunger Games trilogy gets a hearty roar from me.