People definitely enjoy reading about future. The genres of science fiction, utopia and anti-utopia have always been popular among readers. That is why I have decided to write a short review of the book related with anti-utopia. Its title is The Hunger Games. Although many experts refer this novel to adventure and science fiction, I believe that its place is among such masterpieces as 1984 and Brave New World. Both books inform the reader about the totalitarian world of the alternate reality or the nearest future. Doubtless, everyone has heard about the movie under the same title but very few people had read the novel before they saw this film. I belong to the second team of the keen cinema-goers who watch a screen version and then read a book. Thereof, the first book of the series of three novels was written in 2008 by the American author Suzanne Collins. The novel is a bestseller whereas millions of its copies have been sold all over the world. Besides, The Hunger Games is supposed to be the first novel for young readers, which has sold a million of its electronic copies. This series of novels has been translated into 26 languages.
Suzanne Collins writes about the most pessimistic scenario of the development of our world. After the destruction of North America a new country called Panem appears on its ruins. The entire state is divided into twelve poor districts and one rich Capitol. Years ago, there was a thirteenth district. However, it was destroyed by the Capitol, because the people of this district were extremely rebellious. They refused working hard for the good of the Capitol. They strived for equality and prosperity of the whole Panem. The Capitol organizes a special event called the Hunger Games to commemorate the destruction of the thirteenth district. As might be expected, its motives are completely different. The Capitol punishes other districts demonstrating its reaction towards disobedience. Every district is supposed to send two young people (a boy and a girl) to fight at the event. They are chosen randomly through the special lottery system. The participants are called tributes. The whole state watches these Hunger Games on TV supporting its favorite tributes. The chosen teenagers have to fight to the death during the Games and only one hero can survive.
The main character of the novel is a sixteen-year-old girl Katniss Everdeen. She lives in the poor twelfth district. The girl has to take care of her little sister, Prim, because their father died. One day, the sister was chosen for the participation in the Hunger Games. Katniss decided to save her sister and became a volunteer for this event. Katniss is a very strong character whereas she treats the health of her family higher than her own life. In addition, she is a noble, rebellious and self-sufficient person who decides to break the rules of the total competition. She refuses to kill her companion named Peeta and they both become the winners of the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games touches upon numerous social, economic and political problems. Unquestionably, the idea of the Games has originated from the scripts of modern TV shows and reality shows. Many reality shows are quite weird and shocking inasmuch as their participants have to fulfil extraordinary and dangerous tasks. These shows demonstrate the unlimited desire of money and fame. People are ready to do everything in order to become famous and rich. Another problem of a reality show is the lack of interests and personal opinion among viewers. People decide to watch a reality show observing the life of others, because their own life is empty and aimless. Next, there is a problem of cruelty and pitilessness. People watch the Hunger Games with joy though every day at least one or two tributes die during the show. Finally, there is a problem of a totalitarian society. The state is rules by the Capitol, whose power is unlimited. The citizens of other districts do not have the right to oppose the regime. They cannot criticize it and have to pay for its ‘grace’ and ‘kindheartedness’ with the life of their children.
Although the book is written for young readers, everyone can find something engrossing and uncommon for his mind.
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