I had been nervously avoiding reading The Hunger Games, but my oldest talked me into it. She was the first one to finish the series, and then she handed off Mockingjay to her younger brother, who was patient enough to wait the day it took for her to read it. My husband has been losing sleep reading the series at night. I read all three books in 72 hours -- they were riveting! And a lot to digest.
So I think you could safely say that our family recommends them, although not for younger children.