This was enough better than Hunger Games to make me reconsider my rating of Hunger Games. I ended up keeping both at four, though.Keeping in mind that this is yet another Young Adult dystopian novel, not too bad. A little heavy-handed on the moralising in places, and the characters are rather stereotyped, and the romance is just silly, but that's modern YA for you - no respect for the intelligence of the teen reader.So why 4 stars? Because it was fun! I don't need every book to be a China Mieville literary tome. This was light, and fun, and full of action, and easy to demolish in an afternoon in the backyard. This is the movie/play where everyone in the audience loudly cheers the good guys, and boos the bad guys, and everyone can tell the difference between the two. I completely get why some people rate this as a 1 or 2 - I'm just not one of them.I'll read the next one.