You wanted a war, dear reader? Here is war, up close and personal. Here is the boredom and the fear and the being locked in a “safe” place with no control. Here is Prim dying pointlessly. Here is PTSD. Here is a brainwashed, weaponized version of your beautiful lover who went off to battle and came back a killer. Here are people, fatuous people but people who cared about you and who just happened to be on the wrong side at the wrong time, people who are beaten and kept in chains by your allies. Here are your friends and peers dying screaming in the stinking dark, literally torn to pieces and devoured alive. Here is the man you thought would be your confidante for life and maybe something more, the blood of your fucking family all over his hands. Here is beaten down exhaustion and despair and confusion. Here is everything you wanted, dear reader. Eat it up. Choke it down. Does any of it seem so necessary now?
And for all that price paid, what changes? The old man is dying anyway, he chokes to death on his own blood laughing at you. The old lady just brings the games back. Everything you fought for, perverted by power-hungry politicians. All that changed was the color of the boot and the neck it pressed down on.
Even after righting THAT final wrong, the only happy ending Katniss gets is that she can tell her kids why mommy wakes up screaming at night.
Yeah, the prose isn’t the best. But damn do I love where Collins took the series. It’s not an adventure series about justified vengeance. It’s about the consequences of violence, and the personal and social toll it takes on everybody. She fashioned an intense anti-war story and suckered the audience into it with her thrilling dystopia tales. What a great trick."
He—the “mr” makes me assume it’s a he—got it. That’s why I think this trilogy is so brilliant, and this guy got it, though I wouldn’t have in-your-face’d the review so bad. Collins shows the aftermath of revolution so beautifully.
surprise! war is awful and senseless. Bet you never saw that coming.
Things don’t work out nicely. People who were ‘supposed’ to live die. For no real reason. Just because that’s what happens in war.
if you’re struggling with homework, just pretend it’s for starfleet.
biology? no no, xenobiology. for when you’re on the enterprise and you have to examine flora and fauna of newly discovered planets
math? more like super important warp calculations
physics? gotta be like chekov hell yeah
english? no it’s a report for starfleet command
learning a language? channel nyota uhura
gotta pop open a torpedo im really weapons expert carol marcus
My homework is about baking, though. Am I a replicator programmer?
Yes. You will soon have a very promising career collecting and inventing new recipes for the replicator, which will eventually lead to a prominent catering position for those special occasions when replicated food isn’t good enough. This will lead to you cater several starfleet diplomatic functions in the era of your choice. Probably the crew of your choice will be at one of them. The harder you study, the more you impress Julian or Data or whoever with the quality of your pastry.
Does that work?
… Why in the world does Starfleet need an essay over Life of Pi?
I CAN ANSWER THIS QUESTION. I CAN TOTALLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION.
Okay, so, there’s this new alien species right? And they are super confused about human literature. It does not make sense to them. They just don’t see why you have to write down things that aren’t real! And there’s all this hidden meaning and stuff?? What the heck, they say. So you are part of a task force organized to write huge numbers of essays over famous works of Earth literature which are geared specifically towards this alien species. This assignment will help you land a better post once you graduate the Academy, because you’ll already have experience in interxenocultural relations.
Make that alien understand Life of Pi, cadet. Only you can do it.
Why does Starfleet need me to pretend that the way economists fuck up at math is rigorous?
You have to try to understand Ferengi thought about economics. I know it’s hard, cadet! Federation-style socialism just makes so much more sense! But if we do not understand the Ferengi economists this diplomatic mission will fall through!
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