WARNING: THIS POST IS FULL OF SPOILERS!!!
This story had a lot of potential. Sadly, it didn’t live up to that potential. The plot took some leaps that I felt detracted from the progression of the story and the development of the characters.
I also hated how the rebels were no better than the capital – killing children and innocents to achieve victory with the “least amount of life lost.” The leaders of both sides use their followers (and enemies if they can get away with it) as pawns with no regard for individual rights.
I was glad that both those leaders died, but at the end of the book I wondered what the revolution was really for. Sure, the games were stopped for the time being, but the people were still fractured, divided into districts, and assigned industries.
What’s the point of a revolution that doesn’t gain or restore liberty?
I’m probably judging it too harshly. A leader was chosen that seemed to have better moral character than the previous options. The people were no longer required to sacrifice their children in a perverse reminder of their own subjugation to the government for the entertainment of the capital. But they still relied on the government for so much.
The major point Collins makes with this book is the role of the media in shaping public opinion. This is a real occurrence in our culture that all would do well to take into consideration. We should all spend a little less time with Fox and CNN and spend a lot more time in good books, learning the patterns of history, the destiny of the various forms of government, and the social issues that challenge every society.
Even though this book identifies the danger of the government controlling what is seen by the people, information does not become more free after the revolution. It remains a tool of the powers that be to shape public opinion.
I feel like Collins could have done more to offer solutions to some of these problems, but maybe that’s the point. We need to solve those problems. If I expect her to do it, I’m just like a capital citizen buying into the propaganda, doomed to remain a pawn of the rich and powerful.