Is The Hunger Games technically good literature

novel: How the Hunger Games turned President Snow angry

It has been a good ten years since the successful filmed dystopia bestseller series "The Hunger Games" appeared, and now author Suzanne Collins is following it up with a long-awaited prequel. In it, she takes her readers on a journey through several decades and tells how President Coriolanus Snow became what he is. As a young boy, the Capitol dweller was not that angry at first - it was the Hunger Games and the intrigues of the Capitol Society that made him so. The interested reader can find out exactly how this happened on around 600 pages, in which Collins describes the tenth Hunger Games, which shaped Snow, down to the smallest detail.

And this is exactly where the dog is buried. Because unfortunately the author made it all too easy for herself in her flashback and just starts again in the middle, ten years after the end of the war. Why this war broke out in the dystopian successor state of the USA (or Canada? Fans do not agree), how the two factions Capitol and rebels came about, what happened before, what happened in the ten years before the Hunger Games described in the book happened - unfortunately she owes all this information. And that's a shame, because the prequel is really exciting and suspenseful and certainly has depth, but somehow it remains a somewhat empty feeling. The whole story doesn't seem entirely told.

The Hunger Games - The Song of a Bird and a Snake
By Suzanne Collins
Verlag Oetinger; 608 pages; 26.80 euros

Homo homini lupus

But what is being told does satisfy the fans' hunger for more. They are served brutally exciting hunger games, they get to know a protagonist who is rotated more or less by 180 degrees by the system - and in the prequel they find many small reminiscences of the trilogy: That Coriolanus Snow is the mentor of the fighter from District 12, the Later Katniss Everdeen is just one of them.

In addition to an exciting plot, there are of course also fundamental social issues. It is obvious that it cannot be positive to let children (!) Fight for life and death in an arena. In addition, however, there are deeper questions. So Collins refers to Plautus and his sentence about "Homo homini lupus" - because the playmaker who almost plunges Coriolanus into ruin - or at least into psychological abysses - is precisely of this view: Man is a beast per se, whatever it is for it has to be proven, not least through the Hunger Games. A topic that accompanies the young Coriolanus through the book from beginning to end.

Conclusion: In "The Hunger Games - The Song of a Bird and a Snake" (the two animals appear in detail, don't worry) the author has put together all the necessary ingredients for a prequel of a cult trilogy that will satisfy the fans. But you just have to be able to live with the fact that certain questions still remain open afterwards. But then it is up to each individual to piece together the rest of the Panem world.