The Hunger Games Series
The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
My brother came home one day and had this book that he said started out the best book he has ever read. He is 11 by the way. He told me what it was about and I thought right away Marshall Law. I thought about it a little bit and he told me about it more as he read it. I thought that it sounded like an interesting book so after he read all three I asked him to tell me a little more and asked him if I could read it also.
This series was written by a lady that also wrote a children's book, Suzanne Collins. When I looked into what she has also written to see if I would like the book I didn't find anything that I had heard of before and I found the children's book. It was crazy, how could a woman that hadn't had much publicity at all and not have many other books out there that these tween's had heard about before get so much attention.
I just had to read it. I was pregnant at the time and laid off from work so I thought that it would be a great time to start a series seeing as those typically take some time to read and since this was a trilogy I thought I could waste a lot of time.
Now, I am a 21 year old female and my brother is 11. I thought that this book was going to be kind of simple and going to be in a way a lot like the twilight series. Seeing as that series got a lot of tween attention and I really did not enjoy it at all. I thought that I was going to start the books and then immediately put them back down. That did not happen.
3 days later
It only took me 3 days to finish the series. It was that good. I was so engrossed into what was going to happen next, who was she going to see, was there a district 13 and everything else that was going on that those entire 3 days I did not put the books down, other than to sleep.
Now I am not going to spoil anything for those of you who have not read it yet but I will say that I do not like many books and I loved this series. I do not read romance novels like Nora Roberts, I don't read mysteries or fantasies. The only other series that I read that I absolutely loved was the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
Now I will say that if you look up Marshall Law you would find a things like FEMA camps and how the government would work and you will find that the book is a lot like that except for the killing of course (well we do not know what will happen in the future). I do think that this book should probably be read by students that are over the age of 10 or even 11 just because of the violence but if you are okay with that part then let them read. It is a book after all and they are kids (they will find other ways).
My brother still has yet to stop talking about it and I think that it has been at least 6 months since he first picked up the books. He has read the series at least 3 times. He knew the movie was going to come out before anyone else I know. He looked online every night to see who was going to star for each of the roles. Lately he has been looking at the pictures from them shooting the movie and he is telling me how he thinks they are doing. Whether they are portraying the characters the way he thought that they were or not. Now I will admit my little brother is a little more obsessed about the series than most children are but I do not think that he is that far off. Kids love this book, my brother and his friends dress up as the characters and go out in the woods and play out parts of the books (the nonviolent parts of course). When we went to see family in another state we went to the family church. While we were there my little brother found a friend that he hung out with the entire time. That girl said that her entire class read the book also and some of her friends had read it multiple times also.
Why is it so popular?
I will keep this part short and sweet. Why do I think that this series is so popular with these tweens?
I think that it is because they relate to those young children. Not in the violent ways that we see the book. I think that it is because the government in the book takes over everything and the people really do not have a say in anything. In real life what they always hear about on the news is how the people are unhappy because the government is not listening to them yet again.
In the book the children are put into a ring together and are told to learn new ways to survive and they have to make sure that they come out on top so that their district gets extra food and so that they become wealthy. In the real life we send our kids to school where they have to not only deal with bullies but their own friends who decide that they want to pick on your child. They have to learn what the government wants them to learn in the way that they want them too. The students use what they know so that they are able to survive middle school and high school. They are faced with new fears all the time with new cyber bullying and whether they are cool because they have a cell phone or not. Or even all of the new drugs out their that they are being pressured into using because "it is legal, it's synthetic" IT IS STILL THE SAME CRAP!!!!
They look at what goes on in our world and do not see much different in their own worlds. Do you not remember those days when you thought that the world was going to end because your best friend started a rumor behind your back. That's where they see it but it is not in the literal sense.
This is a great series. If you do not want your child to read it because you do not understand it, please pick it up and read it yourself. You may want to read between the lines and see it the way that they would.
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