What if You Read The Hunger Games?
by Formerly Spherical: How
I Lost 100 Pounds
What if more
people thought that total strangers murdering each other by the
thousands or millions represented humanity at its worst? What if
in this age of perpetual wars, more people were repulsed by the
very idea of war? What if a book could do this?
What if you
read a book review that didn't reveal an annoying amount about the
story or its characters? What if a fiercely anti-political, anti-war
novel was resonating with people young and old? What if the power
of a story gave you hope that more people will embrace peace and
freedom? What if I told you this story exists right now, and it's
Hunger Games, a trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins?
What if The
Hunger Games was so compatible with the principles of individual
liberty, and such a page turner, that the author of this review
(who doesn't write book reviews), felt compelled to tell others
about it? What if it was set in a dystopian North America now called
Panem (Latin for "bread")? What if Panem had a kind of
"circus", brutal and horrifying, designed to keep the
masses in fear of its rulers? What if a young woman decided to defy
a seemingly omnipotent state?
What if The
Hunger Games portrayed politicians as vicious predators willing
to sacrifice people on a whim to maintain their grip over others?
What if the villains in the story personified Orwell's insight that
"political language is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder respectable"? What if those who foment war, market
war, profit from war, even extol war, won't stop orchestrating mass
murder...until the masses withdraw their consent?
What if Stephen
King's endorsement, "Constant suspense...I couldn't stop reading"
was not marketing hype, but true? What if the story appealed to
readers of all ages, not just the young adult audience it's marketed
to? What if sons and daughters and mothers and fathers were equally
compelled to keep reading "just one more page"? What if
it was a perfect gift for home schoolers and public school sufferers?
What if a powerful story can sometimes be the best teacher?
What if spreading
awareness of The Hunger Games stirred countless souls to
revile war and political aggression? What if you could simultaneously
enjoy hours of entertainment, reward an author that made the message
of peace and freedom come alive, and support the #1
libertarian web site in the world? What if the entire trilogy
on Kindle cost less than a movie ticket and popcorn? What if the
edition was an ideal gift for friends and family?
What if enough
people said "no more" to war for it to become reality?
What if you helped those people find their voice? When is now a
Spherical is an entrepreneur, ex-pat, and old friend of Lew Rockwell's.
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