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eBook Î Catching Fire 391 pages Ü Suzanne Collins Ü SPARKS ARE IGNITINGFLAMES ARE SPREADINGAND THE CAPITAL WANTS REVENGEAgainst all odds Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive Katniss should be relieved happy even Yet nothing is the waHould try As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour the stakes are higher than ever If they can't prove without a shadow of a doubt that they are lost in their love for each other the conseuences will be horrifying Katniss is about to be tested as never before Sparks fly in the second volume of Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy Catching Fire Victory in the 74th games has not been all that sweet for surprise double victors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark And it is extremely sour for the reigning government Katniss had shown them up big time when she publicly defied the gamemasters to keep from having to kill Peeta an act of sedition as much as it was an act of courage and honor President Snow burns with rage at Katniss for showing up the games the Capitol and him personally He recognizes that it is necessary to give the subjects of his government some hope but Katniss and Peeta have provided a spark to the tinder of popular resentment and Snow needs to forestall a conflagrationThe author Katniss is not in a good place back in District 12 after the games Yeah she has a nifty new house in the victor village and her family is well taken care of but she is experiencing a fair bit of PTSD Collins describes Kat the victor She has nightmares She has flashbacks And in the beginning you can see she’s practicing avoidance She’s completely pushed Peeta to arm’s length you know She’s trying to stay away from him Why Because everything associated with him except some very early childhood memories are associated with the Games She’s conflicted to some degree about her relationship with Prim because she couldn’t save Rue So she’s dealing with all that and her method of dealing with it is to go to the woods and be alone and keep all of that as far away as possible because there just are so many triggers in her everyday life from the Time interview Part of the reuirement for games winners is to go on a Victory Tour across all the districts One of the soft spots in the logic of the story is that President Snow would think for a second that parading across the defeated districts the youngsters who had killed their children was anything but a guaranteed recipe for disaster It is believed that Katniss' popularity and selling the lie of her death defying love for Peeta would gain some love for the Capitol and would dampen public unrest Sure whatever Of course Katniss manages to fan the flames of the people’s unhappiness with things as they are by her acts of kindness and respect for some of her fallen competitors and their families As her popularity grows the pin she wore in the 74th games the mockingjay spreads as a symbol of resistance I am sure Emily Dickenson would approve Time for Plan BWith his hopes for a palliative Victory Tour in ashes Snow come up with another plan How better to douse the embers of hope than to destroy all those who would fan the flame So for the 75th games instead of a new crop of potential contestants children between 12 and 18 from whom game contestants might be selected he decrees that this time the tributes those selected will be chosen from the pool of prior winners Hell uh oh Kat and Peet this means you oo Hell hath no fury like a president scorned There is no law only power and Snow aims to char those caught or even suspected of playing with matches And if crushing the Hunger Games victors from all twelve districts crushes the rebellious spirit of the people well may the odds be ever in your favor Of course we all know there is a third volume in the series so I am giving nothing up by reporting that the plan goes up in smokeThere are many notions in play in Catching Fire among them visions from the classical world of Greece and Rome The whole notion of the games was taken from the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur King Minos of Crete had issues with Athens There are varying accounts of how this came to be but the accounts agree on the arrangement that was made Athens was forced to send seven boys and seven girls to Crete every nine years to make a nice snack for a Minotaur who resided in a labyrinth constructed by Daedelus The kids are sent but Theseus an Athenian prince wanted to get rid of the Minotaur and thus the need for kid burger specials and so inserts himself in place of one of the young’uns He gets some help from Cretan princess Ariadne who offers a way for the children to escape the Minotaur’s maze after Theseus hopefully dispatches the beast Her solution is significant here beyond the classic story as the unraveling of string of a sort figures large in Catching Fire in helping out the tributesKatniss Everdeen grew from a raw teen in Book I to become a warrior She grows stronger still in Book II overcoming her fears and miseries growing in strength even while accepting that her fate was likely sealed She is a gladiator thrown into an arena to do battle for the pleasure and control of the rulers And another classical notion comes in here the slave warrior leading a rebellion Katniss by defying the Capitol in Book I and by her actions this time has become the face of popular resistance whether potential or kineticThere are contemporary issues that resonate as well Collins said The Hunger Games is a reality television program An extreme one but that's what it is And while I think some of those shows can succeed on different levels there's also the voyeuristic thrill watching people being humiliated or brought to tears or suffering physically And that's what I find very disturbing There's this potential for desensitizing the audience so that when they see real tragedy playing out on the news it doesn't have the impact it should It all just blurs into one program from Scholastic article And it is not exactly news that we are increasingly living in a world in which the one percenters get to live lives of obscene luxury while working people are denied basic rights The ancient Roman practice of eating to excess then using a vomitorium to make room for even indulgence is brought up in Collins’ vision as a very telling link between decadence old and new And then there is the romantic element Peeta is a wonderful guy pure soul gifted communicator smart strong as an ox loves her but while she may find him attractive as a friend does she find him attractive enough to throw over her childhood sweetheart Gale The pressure is unspeakable as the President in order to save his own face is insisting that she and Peeta make good on their cover story from their first game together At the end of the 74th Katniss had threatened pairs suicide if the rulers insisted on having a single winner and she prevailed But the Capitol sold it as a manifestation of her love for Peeta while the reality had been that she had stood up against the Capitol rulers She agreed to help sell the lie after the games in order to keep bad things from happening to her family Peeta and Katniss have to cope with the public lie of their being a couple but must also contend with the fact that they really are very fond of each other Add in another hottie in the shape of the studly Finnick Odair a tribute in the 75th and the potential for emotional imbalance is considerableSome of Collins’ secondary characters get to spread their wings a bit most particularly the District 12 mentor Haymitch Abernathy who gets to do a lot but much of his activity is told after the fact rather than shown The president Coriolanus Snow gets to strut and fret his hour upon the stage issuing threats mostly I expect it is no accident that the president’s given name is the same as that of a

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SPARKS ARE IGNITINGFLAMES ARE SPREADINGAND THE CAPITAL WANTS REVENGEAgainst all odds Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive Katniss should be relieved happy even Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be Gale holds her at an ic A 82% | Very Good Notes It's about futility and dealing with the unintentional effects of compliance pretense decency altruism and kissing

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Catching FireY distance Peeta has turned his back on her completely And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped createMuch to her shock Katniss has fueled an unrest that she's afraid she cannot stop And what scares her even is that she's not entirely convinced she s Binge reading Me NahOk so to refresh the memory of recent events I watched the final Hunger Games Saturday without a clue who the fuck any of those people are I read Hunger Games #1 yesterday and loved it Now onto book 2Loved it too is it any surprise It's awesome I actually know and people from the movie nowSo now that I've expressed my love for the book allow me to rant I HATE THE CASTING Not all of it of course but Peeta in particular I'm sure Hutcherson is a fine actor He's decent looking that's not the point The point is he's not right for PeetaI loved Peeta in the first book my love for him continued in the second He's just so good So pure so nice Self sacrificial and genuinely well meaning without being a martyr and the on screen portrayal of him ISN'T HOW I PICTURED HIM AT ALL ARRRRRRGGGGGGGGendrantLet's talk about the love triangle If you guys know me you will know that I absolutely can't stand love triangles 999% of the time they're useless They add nothing to the plot and they're only a device used to portrayl how ULTRA FUCKING SPESHUL AND BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT AND DESIRABLE THE MARY SUE MC ISThere's a love triangle in this book and it was perfect If a book has to have a love triangle this is how it should be done Gale is her long time friend almost a brother for whom she naturally develops genuine feelings for Their relationship is based on mutual respect; they take care of each other They don't underestimate one anotherPeeta is a tool I don't say that in a bad way like he's such a tool man I mean that he is a tool for Katniss' survival Their love for one another ensured their survival in the Games Despite Peeta's long time crush on Katniss she doesn't return his feelings and in fact held him at arm's length under deep suspicion until he proves himselfSo yes I approve of this motherfucking love triangle And I than approve of this book