Also by this author: The Hunger Games, Mockingjay
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Also in this series: The Hunger Games, Mockingjay
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2010-06-01
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers For The Hunger Games and Minor Spoilers for Catching Fire.
Down with the Capitol! I read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins with baited breath. You know that anxiety that you get when you have to flip ahead to confirm that the characters are going to be okay. Well, I got that during the entire read of Catching Fire. President Snow aka President Asshole would say something to Katniss and I would have to peek ahead. I couldn’t handle the anxiety.
I’m not sure if I should do a plot summary, because chances are you’ve already read Catching Fire. So here goes: Katniss and Peeta deal with the fall out of winning the Hunger Games and pissing the Capitol off. There is risk. Your heart will race as you see Snow squeeze his iron fist. Be prepared. Vive la rebellion! Vague, I know, but going too in-depth takes the fun away.
I enjoyed Catching Fire way more than The Hunger Games, even though I read Catching Fire in a state of dread the entire time. I legit would say NO! out loud while reading. I felt as though my emotions were put through the ringer. I am seriously attached to these characters. The character development was much stronger in Catching Fire. Peeta’s love is much more clear. (How can you not love a sensitive, artistic, baker soul?)
Also, OMG Cinna. It’s amazing how for a character who barely shows up, I am so attached/riveted. I love Cinna. He is fierce personified. I picture him being like Miss J on America’s Next Top Model, only awesome. ALSO, we got to see more Gale, who I like but don’t think is right for Katniss. Personally, I prefer Peeta, but if she ends up single, that’s cool too. ALSO, omg Finnick. Yes, more please. So, I suppose this is more of a review for people who have already read Catching Fire, as I’m gushing way more than analyzing. I will say, if you haven’t already read Catching Fire, wait until the week before Mockingjay to read it. Your pain will be more bearable.
Quotes I enjoyed:
“My time in the arena made me realize how I needed to stop punishing here for something she couldn’t help, specifically the crushing depression she fell into after my father’s death. Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” pg. 31-32
I liked this because it legitimizes mental health problems. Depression is not pretend. People who do have these problems deserve love and understanding. So, although this is a dystopian novel, I like that this statement is made.
“Don’t worry. I always channel my emotions into my work. That way I don’t hurt anyone but myself.” pg. 253
Here are my predictions for Mockingjay: CONTAINS SPOILERS:
I think Katniss will end up with Peeta. He balances her out. Whereas she’s way too similar to Gale, so they would probably fight a lot.
I think President Snow will live.
I think we won’t see the rebellion succeed or fail, as it takes time to rebel, and these books take place over a period of months, not years.
I feel like Prim and Gale may wind up together. Prim is gentle in a way that Gale needs.
I don’t think there will be another Hunger Games.
I think District 13 does exist and maintains contact with Europe. I feel the hovercraft will end up there, and there will be a whole underground movement, but they will be missing something, like a leader, or weapons.
What are your predictions?