The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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Once again I have plunched into the young adult genre, this time reading the first installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy, and I found “The Hunger Games” thought-provoking. True to the genre, “The Hunger Games” features a teenager taking on adult responsibilities, including the obligatory love triangel and smoldering romance.

What hooked me in “The Hunger Games” was the societal framework. The landscape of North America has changed, so that 12 provinces supply the capital while battling starvation. In memory of an attempted uprising, each province has to put forth a girl and a boy each year to participate in the hunger games – a reality show/battle to the death for the entertainment of the capital. This society is alien enough to appear fictional and yet still close enough to reality to crawl under your skin and feel ominous.

Furthermore, “The Hunger Games” poses the question of how far does own fascination with reality shows goes. Where is the ethical line between entertainment of the masses and the integrity of the individual’s life, body, and mental state? How long are the viewers just viewers and when do they become passive participants?

Due to these aspects, I highly recommend “The Hunger Games” to adults and young adults alike.

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