Murder, Murder, and More Murder: Review of the Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is part of a three part trilogy of books which are very controversial even with non-Christians. They center around a futuristic tournament in which 24 young players (called "tributes") are forced to fight each other to the death. Even the supporters of The Hunger Games admit that it is excessively violent. For reference, below are a couple of excerpts: "A boy, I think from District 9, reaches the pack at the same time I do and for a brief time we grapple for it and then he coughs, splattering my face with blood. I stagger back, repulsed by the warm, sticky spray. Then the boy slips to the ground. That’s when I see the knife in his back." "It takes a few moments to find Cato in the dim light, in the blood. Then the raw hunk of meat that used to be my enemy makes a sound, and I know where his mouth is. And I think the word he’s trying to say is please. Pity, not vengeance, sends my arrow flying into his skull."

The main character is a beautiful teenage girl named Katniss and during the book . . .

- Katniss forms an alliance with Rue, who is then killed by someone else. So Rue is murdered.

- Katniss is angry at Rue’s killer and so slays him out of vengeance. So Rue's murderer is murdered.

- Katniss and her friend Peeta accidentally poison Foxfire. So Foxfire dies.

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