The Hunger Games

My daughter wants to read the book.  Not knowing much about it, other than fast forwarding through the commercial for it during The Bachelor, I thought I should research its appropriateness for a 12 year old.

According to Wikipeidia:

The Hunger Games takes place after the destruction of North America by some unknown apocalyptic event, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts.

As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol in which a 13th district was destroyed, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected by annual lottery to participate in the Hunger Games, an event in which the participants (or “tributes”) must fight in an outdoor arena controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains. The story follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th annual Hunger Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. Also selected from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a baker’s son whom Katniss knows from school, who once gave her bread when her family was starving.

We could easily change this to a book about swimming!  The Hunger Games

According to the swim mom:

The Hunger Games takes place after the destruction of swimming by The University of Maryland due in part by the mismanagement of athletic funds, in a state knows as Maryland.  Maryland is outside our wealthy Capital and is surrounded by counties that are very wealthy as well but you would never know it because the cost of living is so high.  Plus it costs $5 each way on the ICC to get to a swim meet.

As punishment for chosing a sport such as swimming, the PVS was created, and two girls and two boys between the ages of 11 and 12 from the PVS are selected by their ridiculously fast times to participate in the 2012 Eastern Zone Meet in Fairport, NY.  They must swim in a crowded and hot natatorium to see who is the fastest.  The other 8 kids in the top 10 volunteer to swim in their place should they choose not to participate, yet none are taken up on their offer.  They are swimmers, let’s be real, they are all starving.  All the time.  Hungry always.

I am buying two copies of the book, one for Grace and one for me.  We are going to read it together.  The last one done has to pay for the movie.  I like a good race.  Readers take your mark….

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