'Hunger Games' trilogy to be reviewed May 15

May 01, 2013
Ann Duncan

The Lake Junaluska Book Review Series will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15,  in the Gaines Auditorium of the Bethea Welcome Center, just inside the main Junaluskan entrance. The Rev. Ann Duncan, a United Methodist pastor from Shelby, will review the highly-acclaimed and award-winning  "Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Having sold more than one million copies, and having gained world-wide popularity,  the film adaptation of The Hunger Games was released in 2012.

Told in the voice of 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen who lives in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem,  this series of young-adult science fiction novels are fast-paced, suspenseful, and thought-provoking.  The trilogy which has been called a “satire of TV reality shows” addresses such issues as government control, severe poverty, oppression, and the struggle for self-preservation.

Duncan has co-authored an article in the “Christian Century” magazine which focuses on the significance of this trilogy as a teaching tool for the youth in our churches.  She points out the many Christian themes that are found in the three novels.

As such, she is widely sought as a speaker and reviewer of this trilogy.  The public is invited to come to a lively hour of presentation and discussion.  For information, call Betsy Hardin at 456-6720.