BY: VIVIAN GATICA
Deemed by many as a young adult series, I would hardly call a series in which kids are forced to murder each other suitable reading material for a child. Its themes actually correlate to societal struggles many people face today. “The Hunger Games” follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenager living in future times in the nation of Panem. It is a society made up of 12 impoverished districts governed by the wealthy Capitol.
After a failed rebellion, the Capitol decided to establish The Hunger Games to retain order over the districts by having them sacrifice a female and male “tribute,” between the ages of 12 and 18, and have them fight to the death in an arena every year.
The course of the games change completely when Prim, Katniss’ sister, is drawn as the female tribute and Katniss volunteers to take her place.
Katniss finds herself fighting for her life, but becomes much more. She becomes a beacon of hope for an oppressed society. She becomes the mockingjay.
Collins makes a good decision when choosing to write the series in Katniss’ first person point of view, as it gives readers a chance to see her evolution as she slowly discovers the corruption and deceit in the society in which she lives, and challenges it.
As I read through “The Hunger Games,” I realized that many of the issues Collins presents in her novels relate to the world we live in today.
Murder. Poverty. Oppression.
The poor population living in third-world countries find themselves oppressed by the rich, and engaging in civil wars where the young fight the young.
So what seems as just another series for tweens is much more than that—it’s a lesson to all about the sad reality that surrounds us.