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By the time I had read first few chapters of the book, I got a good sense of this completely unfamiliar setting. District 12, as Collins called it, is a surprisingly believable ‘town’. Collins does a great job of showing the reader the nooks and goings on of the district in a subtle but interesting way, all through the actions of the main character Katniss Everdeen. This novel is written in an alternative future where the world was destroyed by war, Panem rose from the ashes of North America and it was not a democracy but a dictatorship led by President snow.

In reading this book I started to fear what would happen in our future, there are many strong resemblances between Panem and the modern world. In our world, entertainment is becoming increasingly voyeuristic. We watch sports games and cheer when the opposing team’s star player sustains an injury. We turn on the TV and clap when we see K.O. in a boxing or Ultimate Fighting match. We “ooh” and “ah” over couples in staged and deliberately pre-planned dating shows like “The Bachelor,” pining to see more of their romance. We no longer think critically when watching “reality” shows like “Survivor.” In fact, the TV show “13: Fear is Real” is eerily similar to the Hunger Games; thirteen contestants fight to stay alive in harsh conditions until all but one are gone still, we can find examples even closer to life. In at least one country in the Middle East, women are stoned to death for a trivial infraction; their deaths

serve as warnings against those who wish to rebel. Not to mention, these nations are controlled by dictators who wouldn’t hesitate to blow up one of their “Districts” and suppress the others by force. Much like the deserters of a District who are captured by government hovercrafts and never seen again, Chinese citizens who speak out against the injustice just disappear after entering the custody of the Communist officials. In North Korea, people starve and starve, but are still forced to praise the government and bow down to its leaders. Even as citizens of democratic nations, we feel the occasional threat of nuclear war and total destruction; who knows what sort of world would rise from the ashes?

One of the main themes of the story is that with the proper motivation you can accomplish anything. Such as, when Katniss choses to stand up to the tyranny of Capitol, she becomes the people’s mocking jay, their mascot, and their motivation and starts an uprising against the capitol. Something that the people of the districts were unable to do for over seventy-five years of fighting against the Capitol.

The fast-paced plot led me to join in on the pattern, recommending the book to several of my friends. They really enjoyed it and have asked about the other books of the trilogy. All in all a thoroughly enjoying and riveting book with several ideas to contemplate.…...

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