I said "I'm not sure. But maybe we will know as we finish listening to the book." But perhaps the answer is...
The Hunger Games is, in its simplest, a story about adults making children "hurt" each other, so indirectly the adults hurt the children. And, there are true stories of this atrocity. But perhaps, in a smaller way we stifle their curiosity, ruin their plans, don't allow them to watch R movies, say no to staying out late, control their lives... still in 2012.
So in some ways the book, Hunger Games, is their life.
Here's an interesting read from the New Yorker about dystopian fiction for young adults (shared by my child's English teacher) http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2010/06/14/100614crat_atlarge_miller?fb_ref=social_fblike&fb_source=timeline Take a look if you are writing and/or a parent.