After my most recent re-read of The Hunger Games, I wanted to spend a few days turning the book around in my head before compiling my final thoughts. I honestly hadn’t remembered that the first book had so much depth to it. It’s a lot to take in.
I had forgotten, during all my years of rereading, how powerful this series is. No wonder it is so acclaimed. The characters, the storyline, the government… Every small detail is dynamic and resounding. Suzanne Collins wrote a book that reflects real world problems in a totally unique new world, Panem. You could write about the amount of effort she put into highlighting class divides on their own for weeks.
It’s just a really good book.
But it’s also kind of more than that. After thinking about it for a while, I feel like The Hunger Games is almost a dramatized version of very real problems in society, particularly related to popular culture. It tackles a really complicated problem. What are our limits? What will do for entertainment? What type of leeway will we give celebrities? What will we allow our governments to get away with?
And, more than that, what can we do to stop them?
The chance of rebellion against a world power in today’s age seems impossible. The technology alone that governments have access to far surpass what the common man could get a hold of. In a manner of speaking, it feels like it would be impossible to overthrow a corrupted and sadistic government. What chance would we stand against an organization like the government of Panem?
Going into the next book, Suzanne Collins has a lot of complicated questions and problems to tackle. There’s no way a country that allows children to be brutally murdered can exist. She has to solve the problem, particularly if she is going to stick to her more modern approach to dystopic fiction. There is more hope now in dystopias than ever before. Of course, knowing the end of the series as I do, I have high hopes for my perception of the next few books.