Today the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins comes out today, and this month I read all three of the novels in the series. It’s a terribly depressing read, and that is why it is so great.
The books are about a future society where the gap between the rich and the poor has become the defining cultural trait. The poor exist for the benefit of the rich, who have demonstrated power enough to be able to keep the masses from uprising. The primary control tool they use is a spectacle where children from each of the districts of the poor are put into a large arena and whichever child survives wins…the right to stay alive.
What I found most remarkable was the way that Collins was able to grab the reader and not let go. Most people who read these books report that they are unable to put them down, and this was also true for me as I read them in the evenings in just one week.
What gripped me was the way that the rich people exist at the expense of the poor, and how I am guilty of that in the world I live in. It’s a hard reality, that begs many questions, to see that the world has a sharp divide between the rich and the poor. It’s one of those stories that should cause a change in life.