Catching Fire (The Second Book of The Hunger Games)

By Suzanne Collins

WARNING:  MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ABOUT THE FIRST BOOK.  DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO READ THE FIRST BOOK!

An amazing book.  Really amazing.

“Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark, that left unattended, may grow into an inferno that destroys Panem.”

-President Snow

Katniss returns home after the hunger games and she should be happy.  Only, she isn’t.  She now has buckets of money, more than enough to feed her family and Gale’s also, but he won’t accept a single coin.  And now he works in the mines all day.  They only see each other on Sundays, and its not like it used to be before, when they could tell each other anything.  The Hunger Games have spoiled even that.

And Peeta won’t even talk to Katniss. 😦

Now it is time for Katniss and Peeta to go on the Victory Tour, President Snow gives Katniss a surprise visit.  By Katniss’s last act of defiance in the arena, the berries, she has created a spark.  A spark that she must now contain, to keep all of Panem from uprising.  But how?  By convincing all of Panem that that berries was an act of madness out of her love for Peeta.  By proving she loves Peeta.

How far will they go to prove the audiences that the act was a moment of madness out of her love for Peeta?

And will it be enough?

Also, Katniss is not sure how she feels about Peeta because she has Gale.  Who will she choose??

Go Team Peeta!

 
Quotable Quotes!
“Aim higher in case you fall short.”
― President Snow
“Peeta, how come I never know when you’re having a nightmare?” I say.
“I don’t know. I don’t think I cry out or thrash around or anything. I just come to, paralyzed with terror,” he says.
“You should wake me,” I say, thinking about how I can interrupt his sleep two or three times on a bad night. About how long it can take to calm me down.
“It’s not necessary. My nightmares are usually about losing you,” he says. “I’m okay once I realize you’re here.”
-Peeta and Katniss
“You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him.”
-Haymitch
“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”
-Peeta
“So it’s you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans.”
-Haymitch
“Really, the combination of the scabs and the ointment looks hideous. I can’t help enjoying his distress.
“Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven’t looked pretty?” I say.
“It must be. The sensation’s completely new. How have you managed it all these years?” he asks.
“Just avoid mirrors. You’ll forget about it,” I say.
“Not if I keep looking at you,” he says.”
-Finnick and Katniss
“I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.”
-Katniss
“Peeta, you said at the interview you’d had a crush on me forever. When did forever start?Oh, let’s see. I guess the first day of school. We were five. You had on a red plaid dress and your hair…it was in two braids instead of one. My father pointed you out when we were waiting to line up.”Your father? Why?”He said, ‘See that little girl? I wanted to marry her mother, but she ran off with a coal miner.'”

What? You’re making that up!”

No, true story. And I said, ‘A coal miner? Why did she want a coal miner if she could’ve had you?’ And he said, ‘Because when he sings…even the birds stop to listen.”
-Katniss and Peeta

“Technically, I am unarmed. But no one should ever underestimate the harm that fingernails can do. Especially if the target is unprepared.”
― Katniss
“I’m going to wake Peeta,” I say.
“No, wait,” says Finnick. “Let’s do it together. Put our faces right in front of his.”
Well, there’s so little opportunity for fun left in my life, I agree. We position ourselves on either side of Peeta, lean over until our faces are inches frim his nose, and give him a shake. “Peeta. Peeta, wake up,” I say in a soft, singsong voice.
His eyelids flutter open and then he jumps like we’ve stabbed him. “Aa!”
Finnick and I fall back in the sand, laughing our heads off. Every time we try to stop, we look at Peeta’s attempt to maintain a disdainful expression and it sets us off again.”
― Finnick and Katniss
“So I only say, “So what should we do with our last few days?””I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you,” Peeta replies.”
― Peeta and Katniss
“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”
― Katniss
“Look, if you wanted to be babied you should have asked Peeta.”
― Katniss
“I can only form one clear thought.

This is no place for a girl on fire.
-Katniss

“If I feel ragged, my prep team seems in worse condition, knocking back coffee and sharing brightly colored little pills. As far as I can tell, they never get up before noon unless there’s some sort of national emergency, like my leg hair.”
― Katniss
“Fine. Somebody else can arrange to get the stupid goat knocked up.”
― Katniss
“As the alcohol overcomes my mind, I hear the glass bottle shatter on the floor. This seems appropriate since I have obviously lost my grip on everything.”
-Katniss
“We can’t afford any drunkards on this team.  Especially not you, Katniss.
-Peeta
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The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Where to start?

BEST BOOK EVER.  EVER.  EVER.  (it maybe even tops Harry Potter!)  You MUST read it!

The United States went through a terrible nuclear war, and now, there’s Panem.  “A shining Capitol ringed by 13 districts.”

Then came the Dark Ages.  The districts rose up against the Capitol.  12 were defeated and one destroyed.  Then the treaty was signed and as a yearly reminder that the Dark Ages must never repeat themselves, there were the Hunger Games.  The Capitol uses the Hunger Games to keep the districts in line.  The rules are simple.  Each year, every district had to send 2 tributes, a boy and a girl from the ages 12-18, and they dump all 24 tributes in a huge outdoor arena.  The arena can be anything from an icy wasteland to a barren desert.  There can be avalanches, floods, fireballs, cliffs, anything!  The Hunger Games is a fight to the death.  The last one standing gets a life of leisure back at home.  If not, it means a violent death.

There’s 16 year old Katniss –  the girl who lost her father in a mine explosion and is now the one who provides food for her family by illegally hunting.  The girl who bravely steps up and volunteers to be a tribute after her 12 year old sister is chosen.  She would do anything for her sister Prim.

Then there’s Peeta.  The baker’s son.  The boy who has loved Katniss ever since he laid eyes on her.  The boy who burned two loaves of bread and risked a beating from his mother just to give a young, starving Katniss a loaf of bread.

Both of them are “tributes.”  After admitting that he has always secretly loved Katniss, these “star-crossed lovers” pretend they are madly in love to gain the support of the audience and they must face choices weighing life against love.

Favorite Quotes:

“District Twelve.  Where you can starve to death in safety.” -Katniss Everdeen

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!”
-Effie Trinket

“Here’s some advice. Stay alive.”
-Haymitch Abernathy

“The more likable he is, the more deadly he is.”
-Katniss Everdeen

“She has no idea. The effect she can have”
-Peeta Mellark

“Scores only matter if they’re very good, no one pays much attention to the bad or mediocre ones.”
-Portia

“Katniss, the girl who was on fire”
-Cinna

“It’s not a fair comparison really. Gale and I were thrown together by a mutual need to survive. Peeta and I know the other’s survival means our own death.”
-Katniss Everdeen

“Are you going to be charming?  Aloof?  Fierce?  So far, you’re shining like a star.” -Haymitch

“You’ve got as much charm as a dead slug.” -Haymitch

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun”.
-Katniss Everdeen

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games”
-Peeta Mellark

Cinna: “When you’re asked a question, find me, and answer it as honestly as possible.”
Katniss: “Even if what I think is horrible?”
Cinna: “Especially if what you think is horrible.”

Caesar: “Handsome lad like you. There must be some special girl. Come on, what’s her name?”
Peeta: “Well, there is this one girl. I’ve had a crush on her ever since I can remember. But I’m pretty sure she didn’t know I was alive until the reaping.”
Caesar: “She have another fellow?”
Peeta: “I don’t know, but a lot of boys like her.”
Caesar: “So, here’s what you do. You win, you go home. She can’t turn you down then, eh?”
Peeta: “I don’t think it’s going to work out. Winning…won’t help in my case”
Caesar: “Why ever not?”
Peeta: “Because…because…she came here with me.”

“You were about as romantic as dirt until he said he wanted you.” -Haymitch

“Ladies and gentlemen, let the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games begin!”
Claudius Templesmith

“Did I actually get a pair of fighters this year?” -Haymitch

“Panic begins to set in. I can’t stay here. Flight is essential.”…”But I can’t let my fear show”.
-Katniss Everdeen

“Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true. Here is the place where I love you.”
-Katniss Everdeen

“You love me. Real, or not real?”
“Real.” -Katniss and Peeta