Just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. When I heard the premise, I assumed some kind of predictive programming or desensitization of violence was the
motivation-let's get young girls used to the idea of being soldiers, etc.
Wikipedia claims that the trilogy's fictional country of "Panem" is set in future North America, although there is nothing that I can see that
justifies that claim. It further purports that "The Capitol" (sic) is in the Rocky Mountains, which is interesting given the real-life Denver Airport
weirdness and the CIA moving their HQ out there. Again, there is nothing in the books to indicate where they are set, but someone took it upon
themselves to make sure we knew that Panem=USA.
One thing that becomes clear from reading the series is that "Panem" went through a massive depopulation. This, too, is never explained, except to a
passing reference about "destroying the atmosphere." But it becomes clear that the level of destruction is massive; District 12, where Katniss is
from, has about 8,000 people at the beginning of the trilogy. It's said to be the smallest district, but even if the other 12 are 100 times its
population, Panem has less than ten million people in it.
Another thing that strikes me as odd- Panem seems to exist in a vacuum. No other countries exist on whatever planet it occupies, or if they do, they
never interact with Panem, even to trade, and are never mentioned by anyone. It could be that Panem suffers from a massive embargo and media
People have talked about how its such a strong anti-government screed, and how could such a book be allowed to circulate and gain popularity, if there
was a government conspiracy. Of course, it is a story of rebellion against visible
governments, and the shadow government has no problem with
that. They support coups and revolutions around the world all the time. They always need Katniss Everdenes to overthrow one puppet government and help
set up another, and so it's necessary to allow these kinds of stories to get into the public consciousness.
edit on 16-5-2013 by Snsoc because: comma