|Cover of The Hunger Games|
So why does the violence offend me? I understand that Suzanne is trying to convey the message that violence in society needs to be highlighted. Our kids are so desensitized to violence on a daily basis; they are assaulted on every level from computer games, digital media, movies, cartoons and books. Having witnessed students as young as 9 years old reading this book, I doubt they would understand the critique on violence that Collin's is conveying?
Collins highlights graphic violence as a means to an end. Survival justifies killing in this story. By participating in the Games, even the heroes allow themselves to be infected with its kill-or-be-killed ethos. It is hard to envisage children killing children with knives, hatchets, swords, bombs and then very scary insects and animals.
The protagonist Katniss does not support any kind of redemptive qualities in the first book, although I have heard that she improves in the second novel. Time and time again she allows her feelings to guide her as to what is right and wrong. People are used in the plot as a means for manipulation, to further her intent.
|Cover of Lord of the Flies, Educational Edition|
|Cover of The Giver|
Let me know what you think about this book? In terms of controversy this book is on the ALA most challenged books for 2012.
Pippa and the learning commons team.