The words I would use to describe The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins are all good. It is fast paced, easy to read, intriguing, action packed, imaginative, suspenseful, and futuristic. The story reminds the reader of "Survivor" on TV with alliances, challenges, and eliminations. However, the goal is not monetary, but real survival. It's a page turner with only one slow part, and seems to have room for a sequel. True, the idea of young adults being chosen as a human sacrifice seems barbaric and might turn readers away. However, the intrigue and mystery grab you early. Plot, setting, character development, conflict and resolution are all here making it well written and a good read for young adults to adult.