First of all, let me just say that I had no intention of reading the popular young adult novel The Hunger Games. The few comments I had heard about it caused me to pass it off as a novel that would not interest me. Then one day, I happened upon a blog post by Julie Clawson. That name caught my eye since I had just finished reading Ms. Clawson’s book Everyday Justice, the Global Impact of Our Daily Choices.
If you’re interested, you can read Julie Clawson’s blog post here. After reading that particular post, I was intrigued and decided to check out the book to see what all the hoopla is about. Using my Amazon Prime montlhy free selection, I downloaded The Hunger Games to my Kindle. And there it sat until yesterday.
Yesterday was our Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania, and I was one of the workers at our voting polls. Voter turnout in our township was deplorable yesterday! So while I should have been processing voters’ signatures, I was reading The Hunger Games. (I’m sure there must be some irony in my reading a book about a failed society on the day when 75% of the registered voters in my township decided NOT to show up at the polls, but I am not going to explore that here.)
To my surprise, I enjoyed the book. I like the main character and the suspense of the games. (I haven’t yet read the end of the story, but I will have to finish it today.) I’m sorry to say that I don’t have any astute English teacher insights into the novel yet. I don’t have any clever observations on its social message ….. yet. I am a bit shocked at how easy it is for me to read and enjoy a story about people hunting down and killing other people for the pleasure of the spectators. It’s oddly reminiscent of that short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell that is included in most anthologies of American Literature though the hunting down of “game” was strictly for the pleasure of the hunter in that story.
I have also found this e-book, The Hunger Games and the Gospel , by Julie Clawson, that I will probably want to read when I finish the series.
My general consensus is that it’s good for me to branch out and read a novel such as this one that I would not ordinarily have chosen.
Have you read The Hunger Games ? Seen the movie? What do you think about it?