If you're sensitive to pointless deaths and gratuitous violence, then this is not the book for you. Katniss ultimately learns—to her surprise—that she had inadvertently been an integral part of the rebellion all along; her rescue had been jointly planned by Haymitch, , and , among others. The capitol decides that in order to keep the other districts in their place, every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each District are chosen by the cast of lots, or votes, and are forced to participate in the Hunger Games. Katniss doesn't believe that she has any chance of winning because tributes from the wealthy districts have grown up training for the Hunger Games. Given her weakness and exclusion from important events, not to mention my almost 12 month wait for its release, I was bitterly disappointed.
I thought Katniss was intelligent, resourceful, and displayed tremendous strength in character. First of all, I'm getting a bit tired of reading about love triangles -- especially in novels where there's a much greater plot present. The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. The rooms are fancier than anything Katniss has ever seen. The ending is a crap shoot, and that epilogue was bullshit. Some of the tortures make it worse.
Katniss sees her as a young sister, Primrose Prim. She then eats the rest of the meal with her fingers. Some of the parachutes explode, creating carnage. The things I did like. Though I guess since I'm feeling so passionately about all of this, it wasn't a worthless read.
She remembers Peeta and the kindness he demonstrated toward her when they were children, giving her a burnt piece of bread so that she wouldn't starve. Rue Rue, a tribute from District 11, becomes one of Katniss's closest allies during the Hunger Games. I'm leaving it as it's still essentially how I feel still. The world didn't start when you were born Katniss. In all my life I've only heard him speak about it in a candid manner one time.
By wearing this pin, Katniss reminds the Capitol of one of their failed experiments. They are to appear inseparable, which, as the training goes on, becomes increasingly tiring for Katniss, who can't decide whether Peeta's kindness and compliments are genuine or simply a part of a scheme for winning the Games. This revelation stuns Katniss, who harbors feelings for , her friend and hunting partner. Panem used to be the United States, which was destroyed by natural disasters and wars. They discuss running away, but both are the caretakers of their families.
And I 2013 edit: Time can do a lot to influence my opinion of books. After the death of her father she takes on full responsibility of her mother and younger sister, always making sure that they are fed and cared for even before herself. What's more, they join together in a traditional gesture of support, by touching their fingers to their lips. But during the book, she is always alone. So what twists do you predict? No one volunteers for this girl, however. Same reason Haymitch needed Katniss and Peeta in his life. They understood what others could not.
But I feel like she lost her way in this book. She wears outrageous clothing and wigs, has a highly affected Capital accent, and considers the people of the districts to be rather uncultured. But nobody apparently got the memo. Katniss is responsible for feeding her mother, sister, and herself, because her father died in a mining explosion. Possibly a little more then: He got a job in another District. This is the day in which one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts, which surround the city of Capitol, are chosen for a fight to the death.
And since I am only moderately evil and am actually very fond of Katniss and Peeta, I find the fact that they were allowed to go home and live out their quiet little lives peacefully to be very unrealistic. In Catching Fire, these qualities diminished; she was mainly a pawn, a puppet for others to use for their own objectives. The tribute who haunts Katniss most is a 12-year-old girl from District 11 who is about the same size as Prim. . These two nine-year-olds thought it'd be a hoot to pick up a few guns and hold off the entire invading Burmese army.
Collins has said this format comes from her playwriting background, which taught her to write in a ; her previous series, , was written in the same way. How do I begin to convey my disappointment? Put yourself in Katniss Everdeen's shoes and realize you'd probably react the exact same way, especially if you'd experienced what she has experienced or lost what she lost. She reminds her mother she cannot abandon Prim, as she did just after their father died. Career tribute means he had trained all his life purposefully for the games. Which, by the way, if I were an adult in power in this particular world - I would totally do. Her next visitor is Madge, the mayor's daughter, who gives Katniss her pin, which is a small golden mockingjay with a circle around it.