I can’t say much here, except WOW! Read this book. It’s wonderful regardless of your preferred genre.
On the technical side: I love the fluid use of present tense and first person. I’ve read few books that do that as brilliantly. On the artistic side: The characters are beautifully created and brought to full-blooded, realistic life. The inner workings of Katniss are presented in such a way that anyone can see themselves as her, facing the unspeakable, staring down the challenges, defying those who deserve defeat.
Yowza! – I gotta kick some butt before I explode. If you don’t find yourself wishing you could run through the gray-clad crowd throwing your sledgehammer into big brother’s giant televised face, then you didn’t get the point.