Well. It's better than The Knife of Never Letting Go, but nowhere near as good as The Hunger Games. :PThe plot was quick and engaging, and there was a lot of great world building. But the characters were very shallow, and I felt like there was a lot of telling instead of showing in what characterization we got. For instance: at one point we're told that two characters spent a whole night talking about everything, "but especially" their childhoods. Yawn. Instead of telling us they had a conversation, why not just show us a part of it? Just one exchange about their childhoods would have gone miles towards giving us characters, instead of cyphers.I intend to continue the series right away, though, so there's that!