“Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games follows the story of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen living in a dystopic society that was once North America. This society is sharply divided between those who live in the capital and rule, thus enjoying all the comforts and benefits society has to offer and those who live in the districts and are ruled, living in abject poverty and fear. Once a year the capital selects a boy and a girl ages 12-18 from each district to compete in a fight to the death called the Hunger Games from which there can be only one victor. When Katniss’ sister is chosen Katniss volunteers in her place setting up a cascade of events which eventually lead to her becoming a symbol of hope for the people of the Districts and the leader of a resistance movement. I chose this book because I enjoy science fiction and books about dystopic societies.  The book was interesting to me because it explored the idea of social classes. It highlights how the ruling class reaps the benefits from the labor of the working class and why it is imperative for them to maintain the current class structure to ensure the continuation of their comfortable way of life. I would recommend this book for people who enjoy works of fiction and those who enjoy books that are critical of current social structures.

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-Tyler M.

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“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby, by Scott Fitzgerald, depicts the culture and atmosphere of the 1920s in the most accurate way, according to some historians. The classic tale of Nick Caraway, his neighbors Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom Buchanan encompasses the careless nature of the wealthy at that time, which led to the economic bubble of the Great Depression in the 1930s. The story’s centers around Nick Caraway and his point of view on the love between Gatsby and Daisy who both knew each other before World War 1. For five years after the war, Gatsby pursued the American dream, which included gaining wealth and maintaining his love for Daisy. Fast forward to the time when Nick moves to New York and he soon discovers that Gatsby is in love with his cousin, Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy eventually meet again and fall back in love although Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan, who is cheating on Daisy. The drama expressed in these characters makeup the style and prestige of the 1920’s. The themes of class status, the American Dream, and the carelessness of that era. I recommend The Great Gatsby for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and is curious about the culture of the 1920’s.

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-Tyler M.

“1984” by George Orwell

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The novel 1984, written by George Orwell, explores the concept of authoritarianism and its effects on the individual in society. The protagonist Winston Smith attempts to express himself against a society that ultimately determines his thoughts, actions, and role in this fictional society. As I cheered on Winston to overcome Big Brother and the oppressive regime, Orwell raised some thought provoking questions about society and its danger against the sovereignty of the individual. How can we trust “the truth”? Is “the truth” absolute when all evidence is skewed towards that absolute? Is our society comparative to the nightmare scenario of 1984? Readers that can appreciate philosophical concepts encompassed within an intriguing narrative and enjoy novels that leave them asking for more will enjoy this novel. At least that’s what I felt when I read Orwell’s 1984 and I’m sure that you will as well.

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-Tyler M.