I was talking to my friend and we both have this perverse desire to not read or like things that are intenselely popluar. That's why it took both of us so long to give in and read the Harry Potter novels and the Twilight series. Again with this, I've been putting it off a little. Then I borrowed the first one from another friend and finished it within 36 hours and had to get the 2nd one which I finished withing 24 hours. Basically I read all 3 over a 5 day period. Needless to say I got caught up :) Twist after unique twist, Collins kept me guessing as to what would happen next. I'm sure you are all familiar with the premise (to keep the 12 districts in line the Capitol has an annual Hunger Game where each district has a raffle to pick 2 children as tributes who then go to the capitol and all fight it out till only one is left alive and he/she is the winner). It's disturbing, and dark, and I'll admit it, downright fascinating. I loved the main character of Katniss - she's self-sacrificing, clever, but also a bit clueless. She becomes a major figure, but also is just a pawn.
This one of the most intricate and well written series I've read in a while. If you've been putting it off, go and get them right now. It's well worth your time!