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Book Cover Image: Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsAs I read both of these last year and reviewed them then, I won’t bore people with another review.  Instead, as I wait not-so patiently for Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) to be available for download, I offer my thoughts on what I hope to find answered by the end of the series.

    Book Cover Image: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Was Katniss a pawn in the revolution prior to her volunteering for the Hunger Games, or did the revolutionaries decide to use her rebellion during those games as the spark?  I suspect the latter based on Haymitch’s first reactions on the train to the Capitol when Peeta and Katniss confront him about training them.
  • Has the mockingjay always been a symbol of rebellion?  If so, then this answers my first questions. 
  • Did District 12 try to revolt before?  There is a hint of this after Gale’s whipping between both Katniss’ mother and Haymitch’s reactions and curt conversation.  
  • I would love for someone to map out the districts.  I know that District 12 is Appalachia, presumably West Virginia and District 11 is the deep south.  The Capitol is Colorado – Denver perhaps.  What about the rest?  
  • After finishing both books this weekend, I am firmly Team Peeta.  Let me rephrase that.  I want Katniss to find peace, whether that means being with Gale or Peeta.  I suspect that peace lies with her being alone or with Peeta given her reaction to the news that Peeta is captured.  She shuts down and loses the will to live, whereas when Gale is whipped, she is upset and rushes to his aid, but she still functions.  Katniss is torn in her affections only because Gale is the big brother she never had and for whom she owes her survival.  Peeta brings her a serenity she has never before had.  There is a big difference in how she interacts with the two when she isn’t constantly thinking about her behavior.  
  • I find it interesting that during Katniss’ first Hunger Games, she is constantly thinking about the cameras, whereas during the Quarter Quell, she barely thinks about them.  Is it a testament to her different mindset?  
  • Speaking of the Quarter Quell, given the Head Gamemaker’s comment that the arenas do not make themselves in a year, he’s known that the Quarter Quell was going to be a clock-like arena for years.  Does this mean that the plans for the rebellion were already in place when this arena was created, proving Katniss’ thought that the tributes’ selections are not chance?
  • I was struck by the horror of the Hunger Games afresh on the re-read.  The talk of calm-eyed killing of other humans certainly flies in the face of current society where we look at murderers as something akin to an animal.  Yet, brutal death is a daily part of existance and murdering someone during the Hunger Games is celebrated.  Is the Capitol trying to show their power or show how animalistic and savage the people from the other districts are?

There are so many questions I hope to see answered in just a few short hours, but these are the ones that struck me the most after my second and third re-read this weekend.  I must confess that I am a bit afraid that Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) will not live up to the hype.  That isn’t going to stop me from starting to read it after midnight, but that fear is there.  Now, if you will please excuse me, I need to make myself a cup of coffee to help me stay awake until midnight!

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