*This Post Contains Spoilers for those who have not read the books*
This week I have read Catching Fire and Mockingjay By Suzanne Collins.
Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. At the end of the Hunger Games after Peeta and Katniss act the part of the Star Crossed Lovers from District Twelve and pull the night lock berries, so that they either both win or both die, and they win the games. In Catching Fire we pick back up with them a few months later for the beginning of the Victory Tour, where they are paraded through the districts and the capitol to remind the citizens of the games. During the period between the welcome home ceremonies and the Victory Tour Katniss and Peeta essentially go back to not being lovers, and Katniss is cold toward Peeta. She really doesn’t want to be with him here, and is a bit forced into it, as means to have kept them both alive in the Arena. During the Victory tour Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch see first hand that rebellions are taking place, and that the young “lovers” are just fuel for the fire. It is also during the Victory Tour that It becomes clear to Katniss with a little help from Haymitch that as much as she would rather marry Gale, she is going to have to marry Peeta, as the price she has to pay for keeping him alive in the arena. As much as she would have rather been with Gale, there is no chance for her to be with him now, as she has to keep up the Star Crossed Lovers from District Twelve fron
It is in the first half of the Catching Fire that the idea that District 13 may still exist, which Katniss finds out is in fact the truth by the end of the book. It is also where the rebellion really starts to take root, especially with the 75th hunger games requiring victors to go back into the arena. It outrages at least the capitol’s citizens even more to think that Katniss is going back into the arena having been secretly married to Peeta, and is pregnant.
Mockingjay, which is the last of the three books in the trilogy. The first half of the book really focuses on Katniss and Gale’s relationship. Here, she is able to better realized what Gale means to her, and where he fits in with her life. They like each other, but between Peeta’s captivity in the Capitol, and keeping up the idea that Katniss lost the baby when she blew out the force field in the arena, and for those in the capitol and the districts keeping up the idea that Katniss is still in love with Peeta and has to deal with his capture by the Capitol and having “lost the baby” when there really was no baby.
Being in thirteen, is a huge adjustment for those from district twelve, especially Gale and Katniss who are used to taking care of their families, and they are not used to being told how to manage the resources they have. Throughout the first half of the book, Katniss is stays in a pretty much constant state of anger with Gale, and other officials in 13, because they keep lying to her, because “they are afraid they will make her sick” or rather so that she will continue to go alone with their plans and do what they want her to do, and for a victor of the Hunger Games, and having had to go into two different areas, for two different games, seeing Cinna be beaten to a pulp right in front of her, and dealing with everything surrounding Peeta, and the whole using her against her knowledge for the rebelling, I can’t blame her for being angry about constantly being lied to.
Katniss is eventually able to make it to the Capitol, where she leads her group essentially on the mission to kill President Snow, and she witnesses her little sister Prim, who she volunteered for in the first hunger games to keep her safe, die, which drives her forward. When it comes time to kill snow, she kills Coin, the President of 13 instead, and in the mean time Snow dies as well. Katniss is then tried, for killing Coin, and her punishment is to be sent back to twelve. Her mother says in district 4, and Gale goes to 2, so she is left in 12 with Peeta (who through Real or Not Real, has been able to learn how to deal with the trauma that was inflicted on him by the capitol) and Haymitch. She eventually marries Peeta and has two kids, and the Hunger Games is a thing of the past.
These books were good, and definitely worth reading over several times, and find things I missed in other read throughs. I would highly recommend them.