We are reading this book because of the recent release of 'The Hunger Games' film.
The Hunger Games trilogy is viewed to of been based on this Japanese book. This book hasn't been widely recognised in Europe or North America but was a massive hit in it's home country. If you've read The Hunger Games expect much more brutality and character development. I have all this from trusted book-worms. All in all I for one am looking forward to delving into this world.