Many months ago, I kept reading effusive comments online about The Hunger Games series. I looked it up online, and decided it wasn't for me. Kids killing each other...for sport?! It sounded too disturbing!
But I kept hearing good stuff. Then I got a Kindle. I was offered a special deal on a book...and The Hunger Games was one that I could choose. I could, essentially, buy it for free. So I decided to try it out.
And I loved it. Yes, on the surface, it's a story about pre-teens and teenagers who are forced into a fight to the death, for the entertainment of the ruling class. That's pretty gruesome. But as I read the book (and quickly devoured the other two books of the trilogy too), I realized this series doesn't glorify violence.
It's a story about fighting against injustice.
It's a story about respecting life.
It's a story about love.
It's a story about trust.
It's a story about how people are changed by violence.
It's a story about how terribly people can be changed by war...even when they fight for a just cause, even with the war is necessary.
In the end, The Hunger Games trilogy touched me, thrilled me, and made me think. It entertained me--not because it plays up the "entertainment" value of violence. But because the characters, the plot, the eternal themes of good against evil--were so well-written and compelling.
I can't wait for the movie (released on March 23). I'm reading the first book again, in preparation, and I know I won't be able to stop there--I'll need to read the other two books again too.
I love getting lost in a book, and it's especially satisfying when it's a book that really says something, something worth hearing. That's what The Hunger Games does for me.
This book review is uncompensated.