Betrayal of Innocense
The internal dialogue about trusting anyone - the white man with the white card.
Although I've read nonfiction on human trafficking and viewed documentaries, this book told in first person through the eyes and heart of a 12 year girl had a greater impact.
Galvin's reading made the main character believable. This book doesn't explain the details of collapse of civilization - thank goodness no zombies, but a twist on how for people for the commongood, decide how to live meaningful lives within factions -. differemt means to live a meaningful life. This divergence which brings world peace creates a new kind of ethic. Power overcomes and then is overcome by this lively, small 15 year old who contemplates her own sense of morality. Still it is hard to believe a 15 year old could be so strong.
Will read the second and third book - hope I am not disappointed. My bright 10 year old granddaughter has read Harry Potter, not Hunger Games which has children fighting children to the death. At first I thought this would be a good option for her. I think, however, the book raises ethical and emotional issues that pre-teens aren't ready for. Lot of violence through whole book.
Cry, hard to understand how a 15 year old make such a change of goals
Listening to the trilogy was addictive, troubling, and left me emotionally exhausted. This is always a problem for me in listening to audio fiction. To use a term from the last book, I felt hijacked. I'm a senior adult - and was sucked into the troubling world where children kill children on reality television, reality is based on 30 second soundbites, and since the book is written in first person, the betrayal, despair, and doubts of the heroine are believable.
Read these books. The 2012 version of Lord of the Flies with the future's technology, the triumph of the 1%, the horrors of war, and being a young person finding her sense of self and morality.
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