I just finished this trilogy.
Despite being for young adults, this was an enjoyable read, all three books worth. There was nothing especially complex about them, and the characters were all fairly standard. But it was written well enough that I got a complete picture of 85% of the characters; came to care about some and be aggravated with others. The action moves along at a good pace and it will probably make a watchable movie. It’s simple enough and the characters are stereotypical enough that even Hollywood probably can’t mess them up too badly.
Basic story: Set in dystopian future. The country is 12 districts (and one that was obliterated) plus the Capitol colony. Each district produces something – coal, food, wood, electronics, etc. The Capitol keeps an iron fist on the districts and everyone pretty much is hungry all the time. Every year the Capitol stages the Hunger Games where each district has to send a male and a female child to compete in a televised death match – one survivor. This emphasizes to the districts how much the Capitol controls them and how pointless it would be to resist or rebel. A young girl ends up in the Games and through no purposeful plan of her own, she ends up a symbol for a revolution. The books are mainly her story and that of the young male tribute from her district as their lives are shaped by events and as they struggle to be out from under the control of warring factions.
It is somewhat limited in that it is told in first person so you never truly know what other characters are thinking. I don’t generally care for first person books but this one is still engaging. And they are quick reads. I’d recommend them if you just want a fast moving story that you don’t have to read subtext or between the lines to get a true meaning.