Or would you volunteer to kill another human so that your little sister isn’t forced to?
Unless you’ve been living under a mountain, you’ve probably heard of The Hunger Games. The popular book series was turned into an even more popular movie. For those who don’t know, The Hunger Games takes place in the future after an unknown apocalyptic event. Now there is a wealthy Capital and twelve poorer districts.
As punishment for a rebellion against the Capital, 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 must fight in an arena until only one individual remains. The victor not only gets to live, but the district he or she is from gets food, something every poor district desperately needs.
The lottery chooses Katniss’ little sister, who would probably instantly die. Katniss steps forward to take her sister’s place, determined to save her sister with the archery skills she has.
Katniss’ world then becomes about two choices.
Choice #1: Kill and feed the hungry.
Choice #2: Die and know that hundreds others will die of starvation.
I hope these choices only happen in fiction (but I’m afraid that’s not often true).
But I like The Hunger Games Trilogy because it asks questions that make you think about where you stand in impossible situations.
If you believe that killing is wrong, will you allow hundreds of others to die instead of taking a life?
And is that murder?
What’s the difference between murder and killing?
Can you justify killing?
What does the Bible say about killing and murder?
And just how does a Christian decide whether to read, or let their young adults, read The Hunger Games?
What’s good about the series? It’s a page-turner. You will have a hard time putting it down. The lead character, Katniss, is a strong female who is independent. She’s loyal to her friends and family, and she strives to right the wrong in her world.
What’s bad about it? The series is filled with violence. Teens against teens. They train to kill, and the games are set up to injure or kill them as well. There is some romance and kissing in the first book. It continues to a mild bedroom scene later in the series. In my opinion, the series grows darker and more hopeless as it continues.
However, (and this contains a mild spoiler so skip this if you don’t want to know), at the end of the first book, Katniss chooses love over violence.
This, of course, is a brief summary of the good and bad within the series. What’s your opinion? As a Christian, is The Hunger Games a book we should shun or embrace? Why?