Friday, May 4, 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy

I've been on a reading jag lately, catching up on some pop culture reading.  It seems that ever since the movie The Hunger Games came out, everybody's been talking about it.  So I decided to read the book.  I wasn't sure I'd like it going in because it really isn't written for my age group.  But I enjoyed it.  If fact I enjoyed it so much, I ended up reading the other two books in the trilogy as well.

The Hunger Games trilogy are young adult books by Suzanne Collins.  They are written from the perspective of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced city, dominates and rules over the rest of the nation. To maintain its iron grip, the Capitol holds an annual event called The Hunger Games, to which each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capital must send one boy and one girl aged 12-18 to compete in a televised battle until only one person is left.

The 12 districts rise up and overthrow the Capitol by the end of the third book, and Katniss and Peeta marry and have children.  Still the story ends on a rather sad note because Katniss is afraid their peaceful lives won't last, that The Hunger Games and war will begin again. 

Interestingly, toward the end of the story the author has Katniss asking Plutarch if he's preparing for another war to which Plutarch replies, "Oh, not now. Now we're in that sweet period where everyone agrees that our recent horrors should never be repeated," he says. "But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction. Although who knows? Maybe this will be it, Katniss." "What?" I ask. "The time it sticks. Maybe we are witnessing the evolution of the human race. Think about that."

Is this what we're all waiting for — the evolution of the human race into something better?  Wishful thinking, that, because the Bible tells us a different story.  Man is fallen; he cannot improve.  That's why we so desperately need a Savior.

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