The Hunger Games
Copyright date: October 1, 2008
Genre: Science fiction
The Hunger Games book review
North America has been destroyed and is now run by the powerful Capital and is divided into 12 districts (district 13 has been destroyed due to a rebellion). In district 12 ace hunter Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl, carves out a meager existence for herself, her younger sister Prim and their widowed mother. In order to keep the 12 districts aware of who runs the county, the Capital arranges a game to the death each year in an elaborate arena. Each district holds a drawing of one boy and one girl to go as tributes. When her sister is picked, Katniss exercises her option to volunteer for the games. Along with Katniss comes also Peeta, the baker’s son, who grew up with her. Katniss and Peeta must fend for themselves against natural elements, the Gamemakers and the other contestants whose only option is to kill or be killed. The seemingly fictional plot of The Hunger Games provided me with entertainment and enjoyment, although it has occurred to me that that some of the themes reflect some of the very real present day themes in today's society. Now of course there is no such thing as an actual Hunger Game, and definitely no event that involves children fighting to the death, however, the topics that it addressed seemed to hit close to home. One of main themes was the application of "Districts" and their associated trades. Power plant workers, coal miners, and lumber were just a few of the trades represented in each district, similar to the same concept of unions that we have today. These "Districts" have been grouped in order of their trade and the rebellions they participate in were a result of the unfair working conditions and unjust laws. Another more obvious theme that can be seen in the book and our society is the apparent divide of the rich and poor. One of the most recent events that supports this theme is the Occupy Wall Street...
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