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The Hunger Games

by Vermont Trotter, Chink in the Armor:

We are taking a short break from our series on Patents, Trademarks and Service Marks. There is more coming, but it requires more study to tell the story in a way it can be understood. If you would like to read the entire series, you can find it in a cogent order at the homepage of Chink in the Armor.

My daughter insisted I read “The Hunger Games”. She told me she thought I might like it. I picked up the first of three volumes expecting to find a breezy, simple read with simple plot lines and simple characters. I was not prepared for what awaited me. I devoured them.

The setting for “The Hunger Games” is a dystopian future of what used to be the United States. For reasons that are unclear, the United States has been divided into 13 regions with the Capitol in what appears to be the high country of Colorado. Seventy five years in the past, there had been a major war between the Districts and the Capitol. The Capitol had superior weaponry and had won the war. District 13 had been annihilated and the remaining Districts were reduced to slave status. Their only reason to exist was to support the Capitol. Each District had certain things which they did best. Some farmed, some fished, some raised cattle. District 12, from whence our heroes come, mined coal.

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