I loved the first book in this series, The Hunger Games, and this one surpassed that. I almost screamed "NO" when it ended. I don't know when the third book comes out but it will be way too long of a wait for me. I didn't understand what all the fuss was about for this series, but I know now. Katniss is such a strong lead character and brings humor and humilty to the starring role of this book. Again, the author makes you see, hear and feel exactly what the characters sense and with as few words as possible. This would be appropriate for teens older than 13 since there is violence, some drug addiction and a little sexual tension. I highly recommend it for everyone!