Let me tell you about a little something…
Some people call this Ultimate Frisbee.
I call it complete awesomeness.
That’s right; the Ultimate Sport for Ultimate Awesomeness Involving a Frisbee. And Awesome people, of course. Frisbee would just not be fun without a lot of really awesome people and a really crazy opposing team that challenges you without making you lose.
[In case you can’t tell, my Ultimate team played last night…and we won.]
Well, that was pretty much my explanation of Ultimate…sorry for those of you who don’t know how to play. Maybe you should fix that problem. Mmkay?
Onto a different note.
This has been on my mind non-stop for almost two weeks…
The Hunger Games.
I sincerely hope you know what this is. If you don’t…where have you been living? Under a rock? On the moon?…Kansas?
Seriously, though. This book is one of the best I’ve read in a very long time. It’s intriguing; you get pulled into the immediate action of the story; the characters are realistic; the story line is believable. All in all, it’s a great example of fiction. There are definitely some weird grammar usages in the book, but that’s the author’s style, and after you read the first couple chapters, you get used to it. [this from an English major…’you get used to it.’]
A couple friends and I had a very long discussion about the book–or, more specifically, the characters. The main character, Katniss, is a sixteen year thrown into the arena after she volunteers to go in place of her younger sister. The arena is a cut-throat world where 24 kids–ages 12 to 18–are forced to fight to the death in order to prove to the 12 Districts that the Capitol reigns supreme–if you rebel, they will crush you.
Needless to say, this ‘example’ of the arena and the children only serves to make the people hate the Capitol even more. Panem [the country] also provides Peacekeepers to keep everyone in line. If you don’t follow the laws, or if you say something too outspoken against the Capitol, they have the authority to punish you. The penalties for misdemeanors can be as small as a whipping [aka, not very small] or as severe as the death penalty.
So Katniss hates the Capitol, but she’s smart and doesn’t say anything. She also kind of has boy trouble; the one boy from her district that’s been chosen to enter the arena with her is a boy she owes; he gave her bread when she was starving.
And that’s only the first two chapters.
If you want to know more about the book or borrow it, let me know. I’m more than happy to share it. 🙂
Of course…I have to finish rereading it first.