We all know how big of a deal The Hunger Games is. After all, it is a book for young adults that takes a look at a post-war dictatorship type of world where preteens and teens are sacrificed by the capitol of what remains of North American now named Panem.
With having 12 males and 12 females from the 12 districts being forced to sacrifice their own lives is an interesting way to for the central government to attempt to keep power within the country. Mainly because of how the kids end up sacraficing their lives is in the form of a “game” that would make you think it’s intimidating than it really is. Plus, even with there being a winner that lives, one might wonder at just how much better off the winner might of been if they had died in the games since winner had to killing someone, most likely.
One thing that is truly interesting about this book is that Collins took the chance of not holding back details of death and killing in a book that was written specifically for preteens and teens. This is a rarity because most books that are written for Young Adults are written with a very limited range for young adults. YA books may contain drug use or sex; but having a book that has such high amounts of violence in it and kids killing other kids is something unique in it self.
There’s also the added kick that a book that is more action packed is told from a female perspective. It’s nice that the book was written from a female’s perspective, because I think it added to the conflict of being forced to kill one’s peers. Whereas if the book was told from a male perspective, unless if it had been Peeta’s perspective, it might of taken on the form of stereotypical male’s perspective about how cool violence is.
I feel like I should also touch on the film adaption a bit here. Since the film based off this book, like so many other films based off of books, went in slightly different direction, that actually made the film better. In part because it takes us into the depths of seeing how messed up the capitol is in this world that we really don’t get in the book.
With the book being so focused on Katniess’s perspective. it’s hard to get a full sense at how corrupt the political system is in this world. All though, the other two books in the series is supposedly takes on that topic. I would know, but I have to wait till Friday when I have some cash to buy the next book.