Plot: It is the post-apocalypse. North America is now an autocratic state with even vaster rich and poor divide than now. The Capital forces each of its twelve Districts, as punishment for rebellion, to send twenty-four tribute children to fight each to the death in a televised reality program called the Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen is girl of sixteen from the poorest of the districts, District Twelve, who, in order to save her ten year old sister Primrose--"Prim"--from being forced to compete when she is drafted volunteers to take her sister's place in the seventy-fourth annual Hunger Games. Winning the games becomes the least of the labors weighed down upon Katniss's already broken and belabored mind.
Verdit: There has been a lot said about this series and multiple different directions. I have read and heard a lot of it, but right now I am going to give my honest reaction to this series of books as a whole, as oppose to spending all day refuting and responding to the critiques. It is great. It is horribly sad, but great. The theme is simple, but excellent. War is trauma, war is horror, and what it is that people do to their child celebrities (especially the young starlets), Nice Guys do (and are taught to do) to women, and ultimately what the rich do to the poor--all if it in the name of some greater good--is not so different from the crime that is sending children to war, literal child soldiers or otherwise. War in general is of course not shown to be an agent of the greater good.
This is not happy story, this is a story of a child, an already traumatized by poverty child, being driven slowly but surely insane by war, proximately by her peers who have also been wounded and ultimately by those who can afford to be careless, hiding behind their wealth or whatever else they think makes it alright. It is not a story that ends well, but there is no other way it can end. Part of why I write this blog is to do what I can to make sure it does not happen again. It may be a lot of painful work, but slog through this trilogy. The third book is where it all comes together, but you need the first two. Do not think of these characters as role models or good decision makers as you go, they are not meant to be, nor can they be. We can though, so as you live, find a way to make it so. May the odds be ever in your favor...
Facts: It is 3 three hundred page books by Suzanne Collins. There is a film series in the works. It is alright, Jennifer Lawrence once again does good with what she is given to work with, but ultimately not that good. Read the books.
- Katniss chastising her mother before the draft takes her, Katniss, to the seventy-four Games.
- Katniss hunting and sabatoging with Rue during the seventy-four Games:
- Katniss's battle with Clove
- Katniss and Johanna Mason's first "argument"
- Katniss's "fight" with Johanna during the seventy-fifth Games
- The many times Katniss is with Prim, trying to comfort her and or vice versa
- Katniss with Coin, president of District 13 center of the rebellion, bargaining for many people's lives
- Katniss and Cressida Jackson having to trust each other to fight through the capital
- There is also the gossip between Katniss's stylists that she constantly over hears, though is sometimes made part of.