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Hunger Games Book Club Discussion

Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsLast month, Jia reviewed a new to us YA book called Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s a story about a teenager forced to fight in a brutal game to the death against 23 other teenagers. Others decided to read it and so we thought it would be fun to have a Book Club discussion. We’ve never really done this before so bear with us.

Please remember that this discussion will be full of spoilers so don’t read/participate if you don’t want to be spoiled.


The following are questions that we thought of in relation to the book. Let us know if you have answers or other questions.

  • What does the future hold for Katniss, Peeta, and Gale?
  • What did you think of Heymitch? Troublemaker? Untrustworthy? Surprising savoir?
  • What do you think is the future of the political structure?
  • Will there be a rebellion? If so, who will lead it? How do you think it will play out?
  • Will there be retaliation against Katniss for her actions?
  • Did you think it was fair for Katniss to get the rating that she did in archery?
  • Did you think that Katniss had to face difficult moral decisions or where those tough choices ones she could avoid?
  • What do you think was the inspiration for Hunger Games? One review says that it has ties to Rome.
  • What role do you think Cinna plays?
  • Which children were the worst off? The ones in the Districts where the children were raised to think that competing to kill other children and possibly die themselves was honorable as in Districts 1 & 2? Or the outlying districts which were so poor that the inhabitants had to forage for the smallest portions.
  • Are there other books that reminded you of Hunger Games (because Jia and I want to read them).
  • If you are an adult, why do these YA books appeal to you? Do you wish there were more books in the romance genre like this one?

And lastly, are you rooting for the K/G pairing or the K/P pairing? Choose sides and let’s rumble.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Christine
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 08:33:06

    I just finished reading Hunger Games last night and I absolutely LOVED it! My only complaint would be that I wanted one more scene at the end. I wanted to read about Katniss and Peeta being received in their village. Who was there? Who they saw in the audience right away? Who didn’t show up? I wanted Katniss to at the very least make eye contact with Prim. I suppose I’ll just have to be kept in awful suspense until the next book.

    I cannot believe you’d suggest we choose sides between K/G and K/P???! How could you? I can’t choose, and honestly, I don’t think Katniss can do it, either. She’s going to have one huge struggle ahead of her. Both with regard to her love interests AND with regard to the Capitol. I can barely imagine what their next move will be.

  2. Jill Myles
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 08:55:54

    I am firmly on the Peeta bandwagon here. I don’t care that she grew up with Gale – she and Peeta went through the fire together, and that bonds people in a way you don’t expect. LOVE PEETA. DON’T SET HIM UP FOR A TRAGIC ENDING, SUZANNE COLLINS. DO YOU HEAR ME?

    Cough. I suspect there are going to be a lot of spoilers today.

    Um, anyway. I think Haymitch is bound to be trouble. He won his games long ago, so we know he’s crafty and willing to do whatever it takes to come out ahead. He’s also a drunk, so we know he tends to cave when things get difficult and prefers to go through life in a stupor rather than deal with things. Add all of this up to the lifestyle that the games have forced him into, and I don’t think he can be trusted at all. I expect him to spy on Katniss and Peeta when they are all living in the winner’s district.

    Speaking of the winner’s district – after the big hullaballoo of Katniss and Peeta being a couple (even if it’s only for TV), you KNOW they’re going to have to live in the same house to keep up the pretense. And I wonder how that will play with her relationship with Gale.

    I think Peeta is being set up to be the opposite of Haymitch rather than the opposite of Gale, now that I think about it. Because we have seen through Peeta’s actions that he’s willing to do the right thing even if it costs him. He saved Katniss at the cost of his own safety in the game. He gave her bread even though his mother slapped him (and they were eating stale bread in his home). He was willing to do whatever he could to help her out in the game, and I think we’re going to see that contrast with Haymitch, who is only willing to do whatever helps him in the end.

    I’d love to be wrong (just to be surprised) but this is how I suspect it’s going to go. :)

    And how can it not be like Rome? Gladiators that lived through the games were treated like rock stars. Of course, they didn’t live very long, but while they were alive? Rock stars.

  3. Christine
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 10:01:22

    Jill, I totally understand the Peeta bandwagon and the strength of the bond between him and Katniss now. But I still think Katniss is going to struggle immensely with her loyalties and affections between the two boys, mostly because I speculate that she is going to come home to find out that Gale did more than just look out for Prim and her mother while Katniss was at the Games. I don’t have a lot of faith in their mother’s ability to have stayed ‘coherent’ during this time, especially after Peeta revealed during the Games that his father was once in love with Katniss’ mother before she chose to marry the coalminer (Katniss’ and Prim’s father). This is of course, all speculation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the mother reverted back to her ‘lost self’ and Gale has been taking full care of both the mother and Prim. Now Katniss’ loyalties between Peeta and Gale will be really torn, because she will feel indebted to both young men. And Gale calls her ‘Catnip.’ How sweet is that?

    I don’t completely trust Haymitch either. I think in his heart he truly wants his District tributes to succeed and fare well, but he could easily become one of the Capitol’s pawns.

    I really liked Cinna. I’m not really sure what his role will be in the future of the story–I hadn’t really thought about it, but I definitely see him being an ally to Katniss.

  4. Jane
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 10:10:06

    @Christine & @Jill: I’m totally pro Gale. I think that Katniss doesn’t have enough respect for Peeta in the right way to make them equals. Gale and Katniss have been hunting in the forests together for years, taking chances, being each others’ sole support. I think that Gale and Katniss have been through that fire that you, Jill, talk about.

    I thought it was convenient that Katniss didn’t have to kill anyone to make it to the end that she didn’t like. She never really had to face that dilemma, not even at the end.

    I do think that there is going to be a struggle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta though as Katniss has strong feelings for Gale but also feels tied to Peeta. Remember, she was even thinking of what Gale thought of the kisses that were televised.

    I’m thinking that there is some hero’s matyr’s death for Peeta or that he’ll be set up as the ruler because he’s got such high ethics.

    Maybe Peeta and Haymitch are the mirrors for each other. That’s a really good point.

  5. Jill Myles
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 10:26:43

    Much as I love Peeta, I do think the only way that the love triangle can be successfully resolved is to kill him off. Heh. I suspect that he will die a noble death to save her, and will end up being the true ‘hero’ of the trilogy. The good guys always die young and all that.

    I liked Cinna as well. I’m not sure what his eventual purpose will be, but I liked him.

    I did think Katniss was a bit overrated at times (esp. with the 11) because she made a lot of stupid moves through the game. Human moves, but stupid moves. Foxface was a much better player – her only mistake was actually Peeta’s mistake, and it backfired on her.

    I think it’ll be interesting to see how Gale vs Peeta will play out. Because Gale is far too much like Katniss to behave like Peeta did. If Gale had been in the Games, would he have made the sacrifices that Peeta did, just to save Katniss? Would he be as unselfish? I can’t think that he would because we’re told as the reader that Gale is just like Katniss, and Katniss is all about herself (except for when it comes to Prim).

    I do kind of think the Capital will find a way to screw Katniss when she returns. My secret heart of hearts thinks that the ultimate screw would be to tap Prim again for the games next year, when Katniss can’t save her. Or to tap both Gale and Prim (is Gale too old?).

  6. Jia
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 10:30:33

    I am also in the pro-Gale camp. Like Jane, I don’t think Katniss really respects Peeta — how many times does she try to just say, “You wouldn’t understand” instead of explaning things to him — and she also thinks about Gale a lot during the Games, wondering what he’s thinking when he watches events unfold on TV.

    As for Cinna, I am convinced he is a conspirator who wants to take down the Capitol from within. He specifically requested District 12, the laughingstock of Panem, known for having its Tributes dressed in absurd outfits during the opening ceremonies. Unlike everyone else from the Capitol, he’s completely understated: plain, natural-colored hair and black clothes. Yes, he wears gold eyeliner but compared to Katniss’s team, he might as well have been wearing a potato sack. He is up to something and I think it spells trouble for the Capitol but good news for Katniss. He’s an unexpected ally, I think.

    (I don’t think the names Cinna and Portia are by chance, especially in light of the parallels to Rome. Let’s not forget that Cinna was one of the conspirators against Julius Caesar.)

  7. Jane
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 10:36:33

    @Jill Myles: I think it’s interesting re: foxface because some of these kids were demonized in a way to make their deaths palatable. But in a great sense, all of these kids were victims. How was Foxface any less honorable than Katniss for wanting to survive and win?

    Sure, some of the Tributes were vicious but they were raised to be that way because it was glorious to volunteer to fight in these Hunger Games when only 1 would survive.

    I also wondered whether the Districts were developing (secretly) weapons of warfare. I.e., why was it a surprise that District 3 could build a bomb?

  8. Christine
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 10:59:55

    @Jia: Those are great points on Cinna. I didn’t know that fact about Cinna being a name of one of Caesar’s conspirators. Knowing that, I agree with your speculation that Cinna will be part of some greater plan to rebel and take down the Capitol. I’m looking forward to delving more deeply into the politics and instability of this world in the next book.

    @Jane: I thought about the fact that Katniss wasn’t faced with the dilemma of killing anyone in the Games, too, but quite honestly, I was relieved that she didn’t have to kill. Well, she killed Cato, but that was an act of mercy. Knowing that Katniss values life so highly, I had hoped she would survive the games by out smarting, out surviving the others so that she wouldn’t have to murder anyone. I could see how readers would find that a bit too convenient in book like this, but for me, it suited her character and felt right in my heart.

  9. Jill Myles
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 11:06:20

    @Jia – Re: Cinna. You are right that Cinna and Portia were conspirators against Caesar, or at least they were in the play Julius Caesar. Maybe we should read that for some parallels on the book? I do agree that Cinna is up to something. The entire time he seemed like he had his own plan that no one was aware of but him.

    @Jane – I actually liked Foxface a lot and admired her. I think that’s why her death bugged me. She had been smart and fierce and independent the whole time and to go out on such a note kind of sucked. I also kind of wonder if Foxface was kind of an ‘extreme’ portrayal of a feral kid like Katniss. Like that might have been how Katniss would have played if she hadn’t had Rue and Peeta (and the other boy from District 11).

    I did want to hear a lot more about the individual districts. What was their area of expertise, how they viewed the capital, etc. It’s easy to be rebellious when you are poor and unhappy. But District 1 & 2 were portrayed as a lot wealthier, weren’t they? I wonder if they would rebel at all.

  10. Jill Myles
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 11:11:21

    There was also a Cato that was a conspirator against Caesar, if you look at Wikipedia. Interesting.

  11. Jia
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 11:55:34

    I think Cinna was the conspirator in Julius Caesar whereas Portia was the wife of a conspirator (Brutus) who knew something was up but was never taken into confidence. IIRC, Cinna was the brother of Caesar’s first (dead) wife so it’d be interesting to see if that parallels events in future books.

    But District 1 & 2 were portrayed as a lot wealthier, weren't they? I wonder if they would rebel at all.

    That’s the kicker, isn’t it? For a rebellion against the Capitol to succeed, the inner districts have to be involved. But what reason would Districts 1 & 2 have to do so? Then again, they rebelled against the Capitol too, once upon a time, so what were their reasons for rebelling then? Other than “The Capitol is oppressive.” I doubt that’s changed much. So either something happened in the time since the uprising to change their opinion of the Capitol (doubtful) or something happened immediately before the uprising to encourage them along the path of rebellion. So what would be the conditions here that would force them to join such a rebellion?

    I feel like the Career Tributes would have to be involved somehow. Yes, they’re brainwashed to think risking death for your District is the greatest honor ever but a system that indoctinates such a belief system is messed up. Someone somewhere in those Districts must feel the same way, even if they wouldn’t admit it publically.

  12. Christine
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 12:29:59

    @Jill: I actually do think Gale would have been unselfish with Katniss if he were in the Games in lieu of Peeta. I don’t think he would have been so self-sacrificing like Peeta, but he is a hunter and a survivor like Katniss, and would therefore have figured out something to keep them both alive. He had implied that he would want to have children with Katniss, so he values life and has hopes for the future and I think he would have done whatever he needed to do to keep them both alive.

  13. Christine
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 12:44:28

    Maybe part of the rebellion against the Capitol will have to involve convincing the wealthier Districts that the Capitol is not looking out for their best interests either. Perhaps something drastic will happen–either man induced or by natural disaster, that puts the Careers at life threatening disadvantage and at the mercy of the outer districts like District 12. I guess that sounds rather simplistic, but something will have to happen to bring the Districts together to forge a better future for their society.

  14. Elle
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 12:56:07

    I feel like the Career Tributes would have to be involved somehow. Yes, they're brainwashed to think risking death for your District is the greatest honor ever but a system that indoctinates such a belief system is messed up. Someone somewhere in those Districts must feel the same way, even if they wouldn't admit it publically.

    I got the impression that the Career Tributes were out to WIN the game (and the personal riches and glory that victory would bring) rather than to bring honor to their districts. And there is a suggestion that the inhabitants of the Capital and perhaps also the wealthier districts are not all completely on board with the authorities and the games, as evidenced by both Cinna’s subtle subversiveness and the red-haired girl from the Capital who was captured in front of Katniss and Gale and had her tongue cut out (I forget what it was that they called her, but she is the one who waited on Katniss when the latter was preparing for the games.) I suspect that Katniss is going to end up being a (willing or unwilling) symbol/leader for rebellion against the status quo in the next book.

    Re: Haymitch. I don’t believe that he is evil or excessively self-serving. He ended up helping Katniss and Peeta *a lot* at the end of the Games. I think that he is a survivor, like Katniss herself, and that is how he won the games. His drinking is his way to numb himself to the horror of the Hunger Games and the role that he is forced to continue playing in them, year after year. I think that he will end up being an unexpected ally to Katniss and the rebellion.

    Re: K/G vs K/P pairing. I like both of them. I think that Katniss currently is more in love with Gale than Peeta, whether she knows it or not. Unfortunately, I agree that one of the guys is going to have to die a hero’s death at some point.

  15. Jia
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 13:26:54

    I got the impression that the Career Tributes were out to WIN the game (and the personal riches and glory that victory would bring) rather than to bring honor to their districts.

    When I said “honor,” I meant it in the prestige, wealth, and reputation sense. Still, for the Career Tributes to dedicate their lives to the sole purpose of winning the Games, they have to undergo some rigorous training in their home districts. But a system that encourages such a mindset has a fundamentally screwed up foundation because the chance of winning the Games doesn’t change the fact that it’s far more likely they’ll die instead. The Career Tributes are aware of this on some level.

    Why do the inner Districts, which are better off than the outer Districts, have Career Tributes who consider it an honor to be drawn in the lottery while Tributes from the outer Districts view it as synonymous to being declared dead? There’s something causing that difference in perspective. Why is it a pampered child from a more affluent region would want to take part in a bloodsport — after all, aren’t they comfortable processing the gems and making the pretty fabrics? — and why would a starving child from a poor region not want to take the chance that maybe, just maybe, they’ll luck out and get the food, money, and nice house for life?

  16. Steph
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 13:34:49

    I really have no idea who Katniss will end up with because while Hunger Games was brilliant, but it raised and left a lot of questions. I can see the argument pro-Gale, but I actually prefer Peeta (so far – we don’t really no Gale aside from Kat’s observations, anyhow). But even so, I can see myself as soundly on the Peeta bandwagon. Thought he was an absolute sweetheart whereas Gale was, to me, kind of dry.

    No one’s brought this up yet, surprisingly: What do you think was with the Avox girl? Any speculations there?

  17. Jane
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 13:41:09

    @Steph: Re Avox. I think that what these hints of insurrection are signs of small rebellions that can be tapped into at a later date. There are probably some families within the richer districts than despise the horror of the Games and maybe have even lost someone – say, someone who was caught up with the glory. Maybe a Heymitch but not a drunken one, a reformed winner.

    I also wonder that the insurrection will come from the Capitol forcing Katniss into another Hunger Game or something – a kind of breaking of the rules, since it is clear that they feel like they have the right to mess with the rules.

    The breaking of the rules will then start a rumbling throughout the Districts because if you can’t rely on the rules, then everyone is in danger.

    I can’t see an all out rebellion because it is a YA book meaning that the teens have to lead/win not any adults and I don’t think even a group of teens can overthrow the capital. I think that what will have to happen is that somehow the teens in a subsequent televised event will somehow do something that will break through the population’s consciousness to reveal the Hunger Games for the sordid, cruel, abasement that it is. Through using the broadcast medium, ruining the “games”, the Capital will have lost power over the Districts.

    Just my guess.

  18. Steph
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 14:03:09

    Jane – you brought up an interesting point with the YA comment. As it is, it’s definitely YA in the sense that the focus is on its teen characters. That said, obviously it’s still appealing to diverse age groups. Makes me wonder if it will, in subsequent installments, be inspired to have an older focus. Also makes me wonder if the YA label will in any way affect the story.

  19. Jill Myles
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 14:10:27

    Yay, another person on the Peeta bandwagon! *hearts Steph*

    I think the YA rating does affect the book. I kind of wondered if that was why Katniss kind of ‘got off easy’ in a few places and she didn’t really have to kill anyone directly herself – it was always done for her or she lucked into it.

  20. Steph
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 17:00:57

    Haha it’s nice to not be the only one :)

    Yeah, definitely about Katniss’s luck. I’m kind of wondering what her post-Games self will be like. She can’t seriously have no internal drama after watching 22 other people die brutally as it was. Especially with what happened to Cato at the end.

  21. trisha
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 18:18:28

    I was actually disappointed that Peeta wasn’t killed off in The Hunger Games. Don’t get me wrong, I thought he was a likable character and all, but letting him live, and letting Katniss get through everything without directly killing anyone (except for Cato, which was a mercy kill, as Christine already pointed out) seemed too easy. The only person she’s lost so far is Rue, which, I don’t know, sad as it was, didn’t seem like enough of a sacrifice for everything that Katniss achieved.

    In terms of a romantic interest, I don’t like either the K/P or K/G pairing. Didn’t Katniss say something along the lines of how she didn’t want to fall in love and have kids because she didn’t want to bring a child into the world? So I’d love to see a solitary Katniss, with Peeta and/or Gale as frinds. Just friends. Of course, if all goes as expected and a rebellion eventually brings down the Capital, I wouldn’t be surprised if she changes her mind. But for now I agree with Jane about Katniss’ lack of respect for Peeta. And, even though I think Katniss didn’t have to sacrifice enough to win the Hunger Games, like Steph, I can see how the experience would change her. Because Gale was only an observer (whose perspective of what Katniss did has surely been influenced by the cinematic decisions of the Gamemakers and how they wanted to portray Katniss) for most of the book, I think the K/G relationship will change, and I’m not sure it’ll be able to give rise to a romantic relationship. If I had to pick a guy, though, right now I have a soft spot for Cinna.

  22. Elle
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 20:09:18

    I think the YA rating does affect the book. I kind of wondered if that was why Katniss kind of ‘got off easy' in a few places and she didn't really have to kill anyone directly herself – it was always done for her or she lucked into it.

    Actually, Katniss did kill the boy who killed Rue. IIRC, she shot him with an arrow. And she was responsible for the deaths of the tributes who died from the killer wasp attack. She was more than ready to kill to defend herself on several other occasions. She was not aggressively trying to murder the other tributes like the Careers were, but she was doing what she needed to in order to survive. I don’t really think that she got off that “easy.” She seemed very true to her character to me.

    When I said “honor,” I meant it in the prestige, wealth, and reputation sense. Still, for the Career Tributes to dedicate their lives to the sole purpose of winning the Games, they have to undergo some rigorous training in their home districts. But a system that encourages such a mindset has a fundamentally screwed up foundation because the chance of winning the Games doesn't change the fact that it's far more likely they'll die instead. The Career Tributes are aware of this on some level.

    I see what you are saying here. But the Career Tributes have a much better chance of winning than any of the kids from the poorer districts. In fact, I believe it said in the book that one of them almost *always* wins the Games. So I suppose they figure that it is worth the gamble for fame, wealth and glory. But, of course, I agree that the whole system is screwed up and monstrous.

    Why do the inner Districts, which are better off than the outer Districts, have Career Tributes who consider it an honor to be drawn in the lottery while Tributes from the outer Districts view it as synonymous to being declared dead? There's something causing that difference in perspective. Why is it a pampered child from a more affluent region would want to take part in a bloodsport -‘ after all, aren't they comfortable processing the gems and making the pretty fabrics? -‘ and why would a starving child from a poor region not want to take the chance that maybe, just maybe, they'll luck out and get the food, money, and nice house for life?

    But the kids from the poorer districts nearly *always* end up dead, since luck is only part of the game. They start out at a disadvantage due to their baseline poorer nutritional state. They have fewer sponsors because their districts are poorer.

    Good question as to why the parents of the richer districts would want to sacrifice their children to the Game. Perhaps it is for the bragging rights of being the parent of a winner of the Games (and thus responsible in part for the prosperity of the district.) Perhaps the Axov girl and her boyfriend were trying to escape training as tributes from their areas.

  23. Michele
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 16:26:56

    I think Peeta is Katniss’s best chance for the future. He has represented hope for her since she was first starving. Gale is too much like her to really help her get beyond her broken-ness. Peeta is capable of love, where as the others are too worn down by responsibility to really feel things that are much stronger than surviving. I worry that if Katniss doesn’t get more of this in her life soon, she could become a real killer. I know she didn’t have to kill much in the games, and that her sense of responsibility has made her a very ethical person. But she doesn’t have any one she can really trust. Even with Gale it’s pacts to provide for each other’s families and dividing the labor in half so that everything is even. Katniss could become consumed by hate if she isn’t able to find more unconditional love and safety.

    As for Haymitch i think he could become an ally and hates the capitol just as much. remember him yelling at the camera in contempt when he first appears drunk on stage?

    Also I think we are in for a surprise that Katniss’s family has fared very well in her absence. Katniss showed more respect for her mother’s abilities while she was trying to nurse Peeta. That won’t go unnoticed at home. Plus despite their fears, they have a lot to be proud of with her.

  24. amanda
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 21:46:30

    just talking on the relationship aspect, there is a huge place in my heart for Peeta, he saved her life afterall and is entirely genuine….but….i love Gale….maybe i am a hopless romantic but i can see something happening there

    “I call him my friend, but in the last year it’s seemed to casual a word for what Gale is to me”

    maybe i am going to far into it, but i am connvinced they secretly love eachother, whether they each know it yet or not….and lastly i am convinced that when (on page 40) Gale was forced out of the room inside the justice building he was about to confess his undying love for her:

    “Katniss, remember I-” (and then sadly he gets yanked out of the room…but you all know that i guess lol) however this could just be what any great friend would do, so maybe it was nothing….but i hope it was something…..i’m all about love triangles…but these two guys are SO hard to choose from!

    so i am very excited to see what happens between them, if something happens between them that is…….i wonder how Gale is going to be when she gets back with all the stuff he has seen between Peeta and Katniss on tv…..poor Gale….how do you think he will react?

  25. Diana Peterfreund
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 08:06:06

    I know this is months later, but I just finishd the book and had to chime in.

    I don’t know how “easy” either Katniss or Peeta got off. They were so close, so many times, to death. I wish Collins had kept Katniss’s deafness, at the end, because then you realize that these scars don’t just vanish. (Like Peeta’s leg). She does kill — Glimmer and the other girl (and believes her wasp actions will kill more, like Peeta — throwing down that wasp nest is no different than setting a mine field or throwing a bomb!), the boy from District One, and Cato — and though when she does kill him is an “act of mercy” she would have shot him if she could have, if Peeta wasn’t in the way. She tries to kill him when he’s running, and she tries to kill Clove, too, when getting the medicine, but misses. So that’s four people she actively kills, and a few more times that she TRIES to kill them and fails.

    I think that the fact she doesn’t kill any more is a matter of luck — she is shown over and over to be cold blooded enough to do so — even at the end, she draws her arrow against Peeta, who is throwing his knife away. If she were a perfect killing machine, how much more boring would the story be?

    As for “It’s YA, they can’t have a rebellion” — that’s hilarious. That’s pretty much standard fare — take on the evil villain even the adults can’t rescue people from, bring down teh evil dystopia from within… read more YA. It’s a running theme. Who kills Voldemort? Right, Harry Potter. The UGLIES trilogy is all about teenagers who bring down their futuristic dystopian society.

  26. Tina
    Dec 05, 2008 @ 15:07:22

    I just finished the book last nite and it was just,……amazing! I loved every minute of it expect when Katniss didnt get Peeta. I am absolutely most positively for PEETA and Katniss. If she does not choose Peeta i’ll just die, i mean come on Gale is like Jacob from Twilight, he’s the best friend! I will have a total meltdown if its not Peeta. And in my opinion i agree with every1 here that yes Cinna is like part of some rebel group and will get Katniss to join with the fight against the Capitol.

  27. Katrina
    Dec 11, 2008 @ 14:50:43

    So I just finished the book last night…at like 3am I couldn’t put it down.

    I began reading it becasue Stephanie Meyer recomended it on her website and I had just finished the Twilght Saga. No wonder Meyer enjoyed it: Katniss IS Bella. Strong, self depricating, feircely protactive of her family, and completely oblivious to just how much she is loved. Oblivious to such a point that is almost hard to read from her perspective. HELLO HE’S NOT PUTTING ON A SHOW!

    Sorry, that drove me a little nuts.

    Then there is the love triangle. How do you choose between someone who has risked his life with everyday for years, and one who has saved your life over and over? I still can’t decide. Gale had the history, but Peeta has the blunt honesty.

    Knowing that there are two more books to come says that there is going to be some sort of uprising. Something big has to be comming. I am a sucker for a happy ending though so I think in the end Katniss and Peeta and Gale will all come out in a better situation than life as usual in Panem. (And all of them will be ALIVE, people!)

    And what about that pin? Why so much bild up and presentation of it? Hmmmmm….

    Okay, again I say I just finshed this book last night so my mind is still swirling with thoughts about it. I will stop rambling now.

    As for a similar book, this one reminded me from the get go of The Long Walk by Stephen King. Its a lot more greusome and harsh, Definatley not YA. But very similar in story line and a plus=its only one book, you don’t have to wait for the resolution!

  28. sofia
    Dec 15, 2008 @ 13:00:14

    Like many other people I came to this book because of Stepanie Meyer’s recommendation and I got to say I was not dissapointed. I finished the book a couple of weeks ago and I must confess that at the beginning of the book I was up for the K/G relationship, but it wasnt long until Peeta won me over.

    I agree with Michele and Tina on this one. Gale is the best friend (he really is the Jacob on Twilight) I understand that they had a bond but if you really think about it Gale came in the picture what a few years ago, as of Peeta he was always there, from a distance but there. He has loved this girl since he was 5, come on people How sweet is that? he said the birds stop singing when she sang, he confronted his mother for her, he risked his life to save her, im sorry but a boy can not love a girl more than that.

    How much do we know about gale anyway? and yes Im sure that in the end there is going to be a love triangle, but Ill pretty much DIE if she doesnt end up with Peeta. Like many of you said Gale and Katniss are just the same but remember the saying opposites attract. And honestly K/P make a beautiful couple. I am also all up for happy endings so like Jacob I can only hope that Gale finds his soul mate at the end of the book, after all katniss does metion that a lot of girls are into him.

  29. jmc
    Dec 17, 2008 @ 12:10:07

    The listing for the sequel is up at Amazon — entitled “12” with a drop date of May, 2009.

  30. Maya
    Feb 22, 2009 @ 10:26:37

    I don’t understand how anyone could be pro Gale at this point. I mean, we don’t even know him. It’s obvious that Katniss is going to have to struggle with her feelings for both Peeta and Gale, but I predict/hope that she’ll end up with Peeta. It’s also obvious that she’ll lead a rebellion against the Capitol, there ARE going to be two more books people.

    Trisha, you said that Katniss couldn’t fall in lov e with Peeta or Gale because she said that she could never get married and have kids because of the Reaping. To that I say, she’s going to take down the Capitol, so by the time she has kids, there will be no more Reaping to worry about.

    People are saying that Peeta will die to save Katniss, well I’m thinking that Gale might die to save Katniss.

  31. ami
    Feb 24, 2009 @ 14:54:42

    I’m sorry I’m bumping the topic, but I just finished reading the book(and picked the book up because of recs from this blog), and I’m definitely on the P/K bandwagon. They have that First cliche in all the asian dramas(basically the guy you meet first, is the guy you end up with, in the context of the drama). I think while Gale and Katniss would have worked together to beat the other tributes, I don’t think they would have the double ending like it was with Peela. It pretty much it was ALL due to him that they got so many sponsors and ended up as a pair winning. I think Gail and Katniss would have tried to kill each other in the end(they both have so much to lose). And since technically the romance between P/K is longer than P/G, I’m rooting for them. I did like Cinna too, and I had a moment where I would like K/C together. Ahaha.

    I also think at the end of it all, no matter who Katniss ends up with, she won’t have kids, even if the Hunger Games are abolished. I get the feeling this might end up like the beginning of Battle Royale where one kid won the previous competition, ended up in the game again. That’s a good book(and similar) except for the hateful ending.

    I’m anxious for the next book, Catching Fire, I guess it is? Can’t wait to see what the other districts are like and the reactions of Gale. I also really hope that there will be no death in the love triangle because I really really hate the cop out. That’s why I was kinda like meh to Rue death, because I knew something would happen so that Katniss wouldn’t have to kill her.

    The thing I was a bit confused about was whether the Capitol and the Gamemakers are different. President Snow should be part of the Capitol and not the Gamemakers right? So why was he pissed?

  32. Riley
    Mar 30, 2009 @ 13:34:49

    It will probably end like Twilight did.

  33. June
    Oct 03, 2009 @ 15:49:36

    i am very pro gale because, although katniss has been through a lot with peeta, she has and always will feel safe with gale. i think that peeta depends on katniss too much and acts somewhat childish while gale gives her the sense of security she will need after being through the games

  34. Zil
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 10:36:18

    I am every bit on team peeta and there are 3 very important reasones why.
    1. i think katniss feels like she needs to be in love with gale but is falling in love with peeta.

    2. katniss dosn’t need gale to protect her or hunt for her she can do all of that on her own i mean she did survie the the hunger ganes

    3. i think she should go with peeta because is because he gives her i sence of love, care, and nurturing which she has not had since her father died.

  35. Jane
    Jul 05, 2010 @ 16:01:42

    @Zil You are not alone as a peeta shipper even though I lean toward Gale myself.

  36. jady_marie
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 22:55:55

    I was glad that Katniss did not have to kill very many tributes. Her kills were in defense for Rue and out of mercy for Cato. I think that is what made her character strong and noble. Instead of resorting to the nature of the games, she used her wit. Katniss could have taken aim with bow and arrow at any number of tributes and killed them on the spot but she didn’t.

    What did you think of the clones at the end of the story? I found this part to be one of the most shocking scenes in the book about how far the Capitol is willing to go for entertainment. Even death is not the end.

  37. Hunger Games Mockingjay
    Aug 20, 2010 @ 09:58:29

    Cannot wait for the new book. Only a few days are left.!!!!

    Will you be making a post about the new book Hunger Games Mockingjay?

    Please let me know. Can’t wait to hear about it.

  38. sara
    Oct 24, 2010 @ 20:55:17

    ive read mockingjay[def the best book] and if you are team gale believe me you will change to team peeta once you read it. i wont give anything away but im just gonna say that peeta is 110% better than gale.

  39. TeamGale17
    Dec 10, 2010 @ 23:18:10

    Okay,Peeta is amazing and everything, but Gale is still Katniss’s “soul~mate”. He does a lot for Katniss! He does everything he can to help her and keep her out of harms way! I can’t believe that you would change to team Peeta! I still think that Peeta or Gale should have killed themselves or gotten killed! Suzanne Collins really needs to write a sequel series! Sorry if I kinda spoiled Mockingjay for you but hey, I read the book in a day! I’m totally obsessive. =~}
    P.S. Make sure that you see the movie in 2013! Opening night baby!

  40. mona
    Dec 29, 2010 @ 23:02:44

    so i loved the book but the endings are so…. well not the best.But Suzzane collins is a good author with making you want more but she has to make a better ending in the third book but over all it was THE BEST BOOK SERIES I HAVE EVER READ!

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    Jan 01, 2011 @ 09:56:11

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  42. PeetaLover17
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 18:44:34

    okay, so i read all of the books obviously :) and they are all amazing<3 the ending of mockingjay totally shocked me, i didnt expect the ending with prim at all. because that's basically what started the whole series and katniss wanted to save her more than anyone. it just broke my heart </3 like i said, i was completely shocked, but im glad it wasnt the type of book thats predictable. i like being surprised, but that was a lot to take in: rue, cinna, prim, and especially finnik. i have to admit, finnik became one of my favorite characters towards the end. im so mad that he had to die :/

  43. PeetaLover17
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 18:46:04

    oh and, prims death didnt really hit me until the whole thing with the cat.. which i was litterally in tears when i read. it was soooo sad </3

  44. TeamGale17
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 23:28:30

    Mockingjay really killed me! Everyone I wanted to play a positive part in Katniss’s life, died or moved away! Did anyone else notice that Johanna died? She was my favorite female character! I hope The Maze Runner series ends a lot better than The Hunger Games! James Dashner just finished Death Cure! Rumor is, Maze Runner’s being made into a movie! You should read it to get over The Hunger Games! Lets make Maze Runner as famous as Hunger Games. But I must confess, Hunger Games will always hold a special place in my heart!

  45. TeamGale17
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 23:32:39

    @mona: I agree with you, Mockingjay needed a better ending! I hope the Maze Runner series ends soon! James Dashner apparently just finished the final book of it, and I’m really excited for it! You should read Maze Runner and Scorch Trials so we can both get obsessed over that series too!

  46. CZ
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 14:28:48

    I absolutely loved this series! I don’t think this particular author knows how to finish strong, but under the given circumstances I think this was as happy an ending as she could give us. And I was extremely grateful to the author for pairing Katniss with Peeta in the end! I always believed Peeta was the best match for her!

    @TeamGale17 I don’t understand why you’re under the impression that Johanna died. She did not die. Don’t you remember she was there at the end when President Coin assembled the remaining victors to vote on wether they should hold one last hunger games using capitol children? In which she voted yes.

  47. Tyra
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 14:05:42

    I love peeta he is so sweet.I also feel that katniss and peeta have been through so much together they need to get together. Even though Katniss grew up with gale she didnt go through as much with him and save his life.

  48. Kyndall
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 21:03:08

    I absolutley loved gale i felt she shouldhave picked him. Peeta tryed to strangle her i dont care how brain washed you were thats just wrong.. and like Katniss says in the end he will never be the same. I really want more of the book. Someone needs to post more books like this one even tough im pretty sure none can top this.! i still dont clearly understand why she would put the capital kids throught the hell that she a peeta went through, the way she describes it, i would never vote yes.I think Peeta is a sweetheart but he was all for the cameras even though im sure he truly loved her he was never really for off camera affection. as where Gale was more of the secretive kiss when she didnt expect it type person. You can never tell whether he is or isn`t going to kiss her. But with Peeta you know it`s coming. I ABSOLULEY LOVED THESE BOOKS. AND I RECCOMEND THEM TO EVEYONE.

  49. kyndall
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 12:18:48


    she didn’t put the capitol kids thru hell. don’t you get it? she SHOT Coin bc of prim’s death, and so that there wouldn’t be a hunger games for the capitol kids now that there’s no Coin.

  50. Micheleg71
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 11:34:50

    I totally loved the book! I wish that Suzanne would write a more mature version for adults such as where Peeta and Katniss share a sleeping bag. In the real world, things would heat up. Housewives would love it including me. Adding sex to the story would add more tension to the arena between alliances and foes.

  51. TeamGale17
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 18:06:49

    @CZ: OH! Soryy, I only read Mockingjay once cause it was my least fave book of the series. =~}

  52. Ann
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 21:18:36

    Perhaps its because tributes from the outer districts almost always die, but the inner districts are stronger and more confident that they will win.

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