Book forty-nine in 2012 – “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Colins

When I first heard about “The Hunger Games”, I had no desire to read it. I recently realized that it was my loyalty to Scott Westerfeld that kept away any interest. When the movie came out there was more and more talk of it but I still just had no desire. B rented the movie and I heard snippets of it but that was when baseball was on so nothing else mattered to me.

Then I got to experience the movie with Solo-DX and knew without a doubt that I would have to read the book. The premise of the movie made me ill, teenagers being led to slaughter to remind the citizens of what used to be North America that they were and would always be controlled by the government. This was a rather frightening movie to watch right before the elections when there was so much fear for me around which party would gain control. The one who wants to have power over women’s bodies? Watching a movie about the government having total control over its citizens was scary indeed. However that didn’t stop me from running to download the book. I didn’t even wait for a credit for it, that’s how much I had to read it.

The book certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s rare to go from movie to book so it was a bit of a bummer that I already knew what would happen but I couldn’t help thinking as I noticed differences in the book what a good job the movie did. The changes in the movie made sense and while reading the book I could see why things were changed for the movie. Come to find out, Suzanne Collins adapted the screenplay herself. No wonder it was a good translation.

I think what makes this book good is that this futuristic world is believable. Maybe it’s my fear of my own future and my deepening mistrust of “the system” that makes me able to believe it. There is also the element of reality TV which you’d have to be blind to not see how this country is getting obsessed with. Is it not conceivable that one day people will hunger to watch contestants kill each other in an arena? Last person standing wins. Is that not how all our reality shows are, minus the killing? Losers getting picked off one-by-one to determine who wins, who will be revered, who will get the car and the riches and the contract. We are so hungry for reality TV that we take washed up so-called celebrities and make them dance and we take a poor neglected child and make her famous. Is it not conceivable that some day in the distant future we might lead our young to slaughter for sport?

The main character, Katniss Everdeen, has decided that she will never have children of her own, lest their name be put in the lottery upon turning twelve and therefore eligible for the games. I couldn’t help but remember my own youthful determination not to bring a child into the world. That was way back then, not knowing what I know now. I just had a discussion with Carol about this very topic, about how over the years I’ve almost felt obligated to have children because I know I would be a good parent. I think my young self knew something way back then though because even if I had plenty to provide a child, I wouldn’t want to risk passing along my MS. If it’s hard to live on disability now, what will it be like in the future? Maybe it’s my own life experience that makes “The Hunger Games” world seem so plausible to me. It’s also not so different from my beloved “Uglies” series. The basics are there, how can the government control its citizens?

I’m honestly glad I’m medicated now before having read this haha. I’m somewhat amazed that it’s a young adult novel. The themes are so dark and terrifying. I wonder if young people see it the way I do? I’ll have to ask Georgie to ask her daughter.

I’m now reading a novel I’ve had for awhile but after seeing tweets about it and how if the election went one way, this book’s plot wouldn’t seem so far fetched, I put off reading it on purpose and started it last night. Yet another future of control. I tell you, I’m going to need Michael Connelly when I’m done haha!

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” – E. L. James – Finished 8/16=12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41. “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.


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2 Responses to Book forty-nine in 2012 – “The Hunger Games” – Suzanne Colins

  1. I first read the Hunger Games trilogy a few years ago, but I did a re-read earlier this year when everyone was talking about it again because of the movie. And I felt similarly about the first book as you – it’s scary to think how if a certain group of people were given control of our government, our reality TV obsessed society could possibly evolve into something like what is depicted in The Hunger Games. This first book was probably my favorite, but I definitely recommend also reading the other two books in this series.
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  2. Ro

    Oh I was so wishing I had the next book the minute I was done with this. Unfortunately I was out of credits so I started a book I had been totally putting off reading. I’ll definitely be reading the second book next. I can’t wait!
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