There have been thousands of reviews of the hunger games and the trilogy. i loved all three and i like the fact that each book has subtle reminders of the previous information given in the previous book. i do not think that the books could each stand alone, but it is nice that the books are fast paced and the character development is excellent. i felt like i knew and understood each character and his or her persona prevailed nicely. there was a little back story as well to fill the characters in and make them more familiar. the books are excellent, fast paced as well as thrilling! the books have some violence, and elude to such things, but not over the top and not offensive at all. there is more violence in after school cartoons than what is found in these books. some people gave long, dissertation like reviews on the books, and give away a lot of the story.... i think that it is not necessary, the books are just books, meant for entertainment value, nothing more or less. i think they are great! i do think that they are amazing and give kudos to ms collins, she deserves to be on cloud nine with the success of these books and now the movie! congrats!