The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

>Of the books I’ve read in 2009, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, is in the top five. It might actually be ranked #1. House of the Scorpion was fantastic, too. One of the things I liked best about this novel was every prediction that I made (minus who was going to win, since I know it’s a trilogy) was incredibly wrong.

I had a kid start to read it last semester and he just didn’t get it. Why is it that students, and not just the struggling readers that I teach, have issues with any fiction that isn’t realistic. So the fact that Katniss, Peeta and Gale live in a world that is dissimilar to their own makes it difficult for many to understand. I am fairly certain, however, if the student had pressed on instead of giving up in the first couple pages, he would have enjoyed the violence of the second and third section, when the games started.
It’s an interesting take on Survival of the Fittest. Made me think of Lord of the Flies a little. Except with media coverage. And with outside people imposing on the survival. It’s interesting how the media changes the way people act. Had there not been cameras on them constantly, I’m sure Katniss would never have led Peeta on. Funny how she always had the fact that there were cameras present in the back of her mind, guiding some of her conscious actions.
It’s a wonder that the Capitol couldn’t see the barbarism of collecting two children from each of the districts and forcing them to commit murder. It’s even sadder that the people bought into it and allowed the reaping to continue to happen. Sometimes I wonder if stories like Collins’s are prophetic. Or stories like M.T. Anderson’s Feed.
Given the state of things, where are we headed?

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