But I took two books with me, in the event of an opportunity. And off to El Paso, Texas; we left at 2 AM.
|Starting out at 2 AM|
|Crossing into Arizona|
Oh, look! An opportunity! We are only fixed in the car for thirteen hours. Hence, I pulled out Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven, a true story about a German immigrant family living in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War in 1755. Indians, who are assisting the French and fighting the British, abduct two sisters. The girls must rely on courage and their faith to persevere to the end. The author is a descendant of one of the sisters in the story.
|So much fun|
This is what a thirteen-hour drive looks like from Southern California to El Paso, Texas. Barren desert.
|Crossing into New Mexico|
|Nothing to look at|
|Occasionally, something different|
My son read this series when it first came out in 2008, and I wish I had remembered everything he told me about it as he was reading through it. He told me I would enjoy it because he knew I liked dystopian-style stories. But as years went by, he decided that: he did not like Suzanne Collins or her reasons for writing the series; that her writing ability is horrible; and that she does not know how to end a story.
Furthermore, Collins took into consideration how often governments use food to control the masses. Keep them hungry or starving, and people will do anything you want them to in hope of getting a little food. Also, she borrows ideas from the Ancients, such as the story of the Minotaur and Theseus and the gladiators of Rome.
Having read the book, I liked The Hunger Games, and I will eventually read Catching Fire. I agree that dystopian-themed books are not easy to get into because they are perceived to be warped and wicked and horrible; however, with such heavy, difficult ideas, come strong, urgent messages.
In The Hunger Games, it is the government, the Capitol, that keeps its people enslaved in districts and controls them with food, entertainment, and privileges - the Games being one of the privileges. The rest of the people in the Capitol are entertained at the expense of the enslaved districts. I do not know if Suzanne Collins intended this to be another point, but I see a lot of similarities to socialism growing in America: an over-reaching, powerful government suppressing its people, who willingly go into slavery, so long as they believe all of their needs are being met by the government. Hey! Rome did it, and history often does repeat itself.
Well, that was my reading experience. So here we are returning home to California, where they have border patrol for illegal fruit and vegetation, which is very important!
We have one more trip left - twice as long, to Missouri. Until then, I have several weeks of more serious reading. Time to dust off War and Peace again.