This futuristic fantasy takes place in a post apocalyptic United States and is very fast paced. I thought it was a little predictible and reminded me of a cross between The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and a teen Survivor. Of course I had to go back to the library and get Catching Fire so I could read the next installment right away. The characters are the true stars of this story. I really liked Katniss, Gale and Peeta. They all have enough detail to make them interesting. I hope the next book will have more to say about Peeta and Gale. I think this is appropriate for older teens since there is some violence, not much sex (a little kissing) and alcohol abuse.