Within this "Glad" life, as those in it call it, you have your dictatorship ruler, in this case a company known as Caesar's Inc and the rules the society must abide by. Should anyone go against the rules, consequences happen, be it lose of life, lose of home or lose of money. And Caesar's Inc doesn't make it easy to abide by the rules, either, as they tend to announce new ones or change existing ones to benefit them or the games. One minute a Gladiator could be a honorable fighter abiding by all the rules and the next they are dishonorable because they broke a rule that came out just 5 minutes prior. And as with most dystopian dictatorships, Caesar's Inc. spins circumstances to obtain better dramatic effects, such as forcing a 17 year-old girl to marry her father's murderer just so her mother and brother can keep their home.
I have yet to get to the part where our girl gets into the arena, but I am getting close. I am curious to see how Caesar's Inc. handles this one or the games they'll play to push the outcome to their advantage. After all, isn't that what all dystopian dictatorships try to do?
I'll keep you posted.