NICA’S READING NOOK: THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY

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The Mockingjay.

District Twelve.

A small village nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, where scarcity of food is prominent and escalation of death due to malnourishment and starvation are a common scene. Coal Mining is what makes this town barely alive. Here, is where we meet Katniss Everdeen. Once a daughter, sister and a hunter but will soon be the Capitol’s biggest mistake.

The Hunger Games

A tool by the Capitol used to control and induce fear in the 12 districts of Panem. Long after the Dark Days, the First Rebellion where District 13 was eradicated (or so they thought). Each town is required of 2 tributes, a boy and girl, brought to the Capitol’s man-made arena. Styled and applauded to death by its citizens until one victor remains. That victor will leave with cash, a new home in the Victor’s Village, free from reaping and not to mention the horror and nightmares to encounter as the deaths of the other tributes haunt you.

District Thirteen

The first district to rebel against Capitol. Once an apple of the eye as they held the nuclear power plants and military base are now considered non-existent. But y’all know (if you have read the book) the story behind how they survive the blasting bombing and defeat from the rebellion. They waited patiently for the time that the Districts grew restless from Capitol’s grip and they found the face who ignited the spark.

Katniss Everdeen

Strong-willed. She follows her wits and is at times impulsive on her decisions. Her spirit and tough nut shell was a problem for Snow as he tried to break her and for Coin to control her. Her impulsiveness, is what humiliated and questioned the Capitol’s superiority which made her and the rest of those she love, a target for total annihilation. While the rebels view her as The Mockingjay, Capitol’s laughingstock and a hero to all districts.

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I have to commend the author, Suzanne Collins for how she creatively thought of the plots, scenes and lots of bloodbath ongoing. The book was narrated from a first person’s perspective, and during my reading I could really feel that I was the heroine for the moment. Although, unlike Katniss, I have no knowledge on archery or any form of fighting that could extend my life in the arena. Perhaps, this was one of the reasons why the movie version clicked (aside from the best portrayal of the role by Jennifer Lawrence). For me, although it has nothing to do with the society today, it gives that feeling that in some way without the bloodshed we can see hierarchy in our daily lives. The affluent eat, drink and beautify themselves incessantly, while the poor starve and struggle to survive. The hungry-power politicians, assassinations, poison are literally seen in our century.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have anything about how the rich spend their money. It’s theirs, they earned it and they have the right to spend. So maybe not all worked for it, some might be born into it. But is it really my job to look at it? No. I just saw how similar the plots were to everyday life. There will always be someone above and below you, but it is in you on how to view it and work for it to achieve that goal. Like Katniss, she defied the Capitol’s control by conniving with Peeta on a suicide mission using nightlock berries (I wouldn’t recommend that you try this!), but it helped her put a spark that will soon end tyranny and depression on other decrepit districts in Panem. Sometimes, you have to play that role to initiate change, don’t be a piece of a game. Be the game itself and may the odds be ever in your favour.

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Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!

P.S. Book set on a place you want to visit- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Let’s go JAPAN!

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