Mothers have reported their daughters having nightmares after reading the series. The books are more gruesome and grisly than some of the more violent video games that are out there.
The story centers on Katniss Everdeen, 16, whose mother fell into a deep depression upon the death of her father in a coal mining accident. Her family lives in "District 12," one of 13 districts around the Capitol in a post-apocalyptic United States. Most of the District 12 residents live in abject poverty. Katniss must illegally hunt in the woods to feed her mother, younger sister and herself.
In the pre-history of the story, District 13 had rebelled against the Capitol's slavery-inducing, consumer-driven production fields and was literally bombed out of existence for their insurgency.
As a result, the Capitol, under President Snow, demands a reaping, a sacrifice of two children, between the ages 12-18, from each district every year.
In supreme sadistic irony, the children are forced to dress in their very best clothing for the reaping. Those who try to earn extra grain and oil for their families offer their names in the "Hunger Games."
Against all odds, the twelve year old sister of Katniss is chosen. Katniss immediately offers herself in her sister's place.
Twenty-four children are brought to the Capitol and fed the richest foods, pampered, and put on display. Each district is forced to watch the games on television.
Without her knowledge, Katniss is secretly chosen to be the face of the rebellion of the districts against the capitol.
What follows are the Hunger Games themselves. They are held in an arena from which there is no escape. The most sadistic forms of torture imaginable are used against the children in the games. There can be only one victor. The children must kill each other. One girl is only twelve years old. If they refuse to kill each other, the Gamekeeper devises torturous ways in which they are forced to kill each other off.
Some of the children must initially murder each other in a bloodbath in order to secure necessities from the cornucopia. They face hunger, starvation, sleep deprivation, poisonous gases, acid rains, blood rains, killing waves, mutant creatures who maul them to death, killing traps, insects that drive them madly insane if they are not outright poisoned to death by them.
By the final book, some of the children are tortured by government officials for months on end. Mind-bending, memory forging brainwashing is included. The formerly innocent children are turned into killers. They must kill or be killed.
The victors are paraded through-out the districts. Parents of murdered children must salute the victors, the murderers of their children.
The victor's families are moved into nice houses and are wealthy for the remainder of their lives. The families of the murdered children receive nothing. Sound familiar?
In the last book, Katniss discovers that under-age children have been sold into prostitution by the President.
Book after book in the trilogy, the torture, the killing, the deception and the sadistic glory continue not only for those who have been captured by the Capitol, but also in the additional Hunger Games that has been declared.
All the former victors must participate. In the end, Katniss and the rebels win victory against Snow, but it does not protect her little sister, who has been purposefully targeted by yet another enemy and burned alive in front of her eyes.
Scholastic Inc. is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books.
*** Rev. Pamela Lanides is the mother of five children and grandmother to two. She lives in New England.
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Dan said (January 1, 2012):
Hunger Games' is predictive programming Think of those 'survivor' shows on television a few years ago.
All post Apocalyptic dystopia fiction concentrates technocrats in advanced centers surrounded by a no man's land populated with 'proles'.
I watched the trailer for the movie and it's an Illuminazi wet dream. The scenario is return to what the Druids had going on in Europe and Britain when Julius Caesar wrote about it in chapter 13 of Book 6 of his 'Gallic Wars' . http://classics.mit.edu/Caesar/gallic.6.6.html
The Illuminazis will always need 'the profane' to use for human sacrifice and sick games.
'Hunger Games' also reminds of the 1924 short story by Richard Connell, 'The Most Dangerous Game'.
They are really giving this 'Hunger Games' shit the hard sell to the teen market. But listen......this is the next level of mainstreaming this Nietzschean Satanic world view that started with the 'Interview with the Vampire', and "the Immortal", and a decade of Buffy the Vampire slayer and spin-offs on television.....which dovetailed into the 'Survivor' 'reality TV shows a few years ago. Also goes to a plethora of 'zombie fighter' movies and video games.
I saw an interview with Suzanne Collins. Typical generational Illuminati 'girl next door'. They don't know this stuff isn't normal. She mentions being trained in sword fighting growing up.
Reminds me of Dr. Evil's chatting about his childhood in the Austin Powers movie
"Dr. Evil: The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet....
My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really... "
PV said (December 31, 2011):
(author [Suzanne] Collins, generational satanist?)
"The Collins Bloodline":