We had to read the book in our English class. I already watched the movie and thought it was great. But after reading the book I realized the book is even better and I became a huge fan of the story and i even bought all books of the trilogy in English.
For me the book was really easy to read and I couldn't lay it down after reading just a little part of it. The story appeals to be alive and comprehensible.
Before even knowing anything about "the hunger games" I thought it was just a story like the one of "the chronicles of narnia" and because of that I didn't want to see or read it. But I swear there is nothing comparable between these two stories.
It is worth the price and I can only advice to read this great masterpiece.
The only negative aspect about the book is that the words on the bottom of each sites are very easy and almost everybody already know these words, while there were other difficult words in the text that nobody knew what the meaning was.
But that is just a minor point and doesn't harm the story.