So I’m tired, it’s almost 4 AM and I’ve been up reading this book and honestly I feel kinda crazy now. Okay, if you did not get the underlying message of The Hunger Games series then Collins is pretty much spelling it out here, “Do you understand what I am trying to say here????” Yes, I am pretty sure I’ve got a grasp on her point of view. I’m not trying to belittle it, I think this needs to be loud and clear, particularly at this time.
What really stood out to me about The Hunger Games was the violence, and the violence forced on children and young adults and the media’s constant coverage and the public viewpoint. This book really delves into the issue of control, the control a government has over its people whether good citizens or perhaps rebels and the idea of what would happen without that strong handed control. This is one of the things blatantly spelled out. This was further demonstrated by what the main character, Coriolanus Snow, went through personally, leading to the ending that I expected but still found very unsettling.
Unsettling is really a good word for all of this, including this time period I’m living through, where I personally live, my personal government and how I feel like everything is so insane and… yeah. Unsettling is putting it mildly. Rereading The Hunger Games and following that with Suzanne Collins new book only makes me feel more secure in my own beliefs which I am not going to share. This highlights some factors that I believe are truly lurking behind the eyes of some people and behind some closed doors that kind of have become more open lately.
Honestly, I did not say any of the things I planned to say about this book… mainly, what the books storyline is about, a brief description, anything? Yeah, its 4 AM and I love sleeping so much, what happened? I dont like posting controversial things and I’m trying not to but did I mention its 4 AM? I’m going to probably make a cup of coffee and just stay up, my kitten thinks its morning now, so just HUSH! Leave me alone, be quiet.
An amazing end to an amazing story. Katniss never really was in control of the rebellion situation or her own life like she believed she was before The Hunger Games. Everything she loved could always be simply taken away from her. Everything she knew and trusted could be changed. It is not till the end of this book, when she loses almost everything she loves, that she truly gains control.
Katniss and Peeta have survived the last Hunger Games only to now face the Quarter Quell and a host of other issues. Katniss has been unaware until now what her trick with the poisonous berries has caused, the revolution that is seething within all of the districts. She has unwittingly become not only the catalyst, the spark lighting this flame, but the leader of this rebellion.
I am enjoying my reread of this series, however, I do not know if it’s me personally or this specific time period or perhaps both, but the content of these books is hitting me much harder than they ever have before. I am finding new meaning and associations that I did not recognize when I initially read these books when they first came out.
It has been years and years since I read this series last but I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it now even though I am much older. There is so much heart in this book, unbearable pain that stems from love, love that is confusing. It is gut wrenching to read about the effect of violence and such immense hardship on these young adults.
Katniss Everdeen is making the best of her life in the Seam of District 12 in Panem. She feels so much love for her family and few friends that makes her instantly endearing although, her love comes with the confusing idea of how to trust fully. She strives to protect her loved ones even when it lands her in The Hunger Games, fighting for her life with her bow and arrow and her ability to show love and, possibly, really be in love.
This book breaks my heart, especially the way it ends. But it is so powerful and I believe it will last through the ages.