The Hunger Games is compelling like water is wet. Suzanne Collins reaches out from her book in the first few pages and grabs your attention and doesn’t let go of your collar until a couple of hours later you find yourself on page 374 looking for book 2 of the trilogy.
Yesterday I was mentioning the book to a friend and a lady ahead of me turned around and said, “Isn’t the hunger games awesome.” Yes, stranger on the street, it is.
While boy meets girls is always a good start to a book, there are so many ways this storyline aligns with the current world situation. Evil government versus good citizens. (It’s very real in my neighboring Burma and Syria is killing it’s citizens as I type this) Entertainment versus serving the needs of the world around us. (This one is very real in my own heart and life) and Self Preservation versus dying to yourself and/or giving your life for the sake of others.
The Hunger Games takes place in the future in the land that was once America where the government forces each of the 12 districts to send in two kids each year in a fight to the death leaving only one victor. This is to remind the districts that the central government holds the power and each of the districts exists to serve them. Originally the story line sounded a little to gruesome and while it is definitely PG 13 it has caused me to think about how sin has impacted our world.
I encourage you to read the series with a couple of friends and talk about it.