Memorable Moments in Panem: Review of The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

SPOILERS FOR ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY

In preparation for the arrival of Mockingjay, I decided to reread the first two books of the series. I had forgotten some details, and also wanted to revisit the Team Gale versus Team Peeta question.

For me, rereading the books was a terrific idea. Since I already knew the outcome, I could pay more attention to other elements of the plot (although I raced through with only a bit less alacrity the second time!).

Note: page numbers are given for your reference; HG refers to Hunger Games; CF to Catching Fire, and MJ to Mockingjay.

The history of Panem seemed more relevant to me than ever, considering the current state of the real world:

“[The Mayor] tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained.” [HG, 18]

[It isn’t until Mockingjay however that we learn the ironic meaning of “Panem.” I had thought the name was a variation of Pan-America, and maybe in one sense it is. As I had forgotten, District 12 was once Appalachia, and the Capitol was in the place “once called the Rockies.” [HG, 47] But we find in Mockingjay there is a more sinister association when Plutarch explains it to Katniss:]

“It’s a saying from thousands of years ago, written in a language called Latin about a place called Rome, he explains. “Panem et Circenses translates into ‘Bread and Circuses.’ The writer was saying that in return for full bellies and entertainment, his people had given up their political responsibilities and therefore their power.

I think about the Capitol. The excess of food. And the ultimate entertainment. The Hunger Games. “So that’s what the districts are for. To provide the bread and circuses.’

‘Yes. And as long as that kept rolling in, the Capitol could control its little empire.'” [MJ, 223]

There were many wonderful scenes in the early two books, the details of which I had forgotten, such as after Katniss (at age 16) takes her little sister’s place in the Hunger Games:

“At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me.” [HG, 24]

And then, the touching moment when Katniss gives the same send-off to her friend Rue after she dies…. [HG, 237]

Hunger Games also introduced us to the mockingjay, the mutation that came from the mating of the mockingbird with the “jabberjay.” Jabberjays were genetically altered creatures that could memorize and repeat whole human conversations. They were sent by the Capitol to spy on the rebels. But the jabberjays were caught by the rebels and turned against the Capitol when the rebels sent them back loaded with lies. [CF, 92] After the war, jabberjays were left to die out, but they mated with mockingbirds. Ironically, the Capitol had never anticipated their will to live. [CF, 92] Thus the mockingjay thus became “something of a slap in the face to the Capitol.” [HG, 42-3] Katniss wears a mockingjay pin in both games.

Katniss is unaware at first of the significance of the mockingjay. I had forgotten that when Katniss explains the origin of her name, which is the same as a plant with three white petals in the blossom, she recalls her father joking, “As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve.” [HG, 52] Finding herself turned out to be critical.

The Katniss, also known as Arrowhead

President Snow comes to see Katniss at her house and tells her: “Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem.” [CF, 23] And indeed, before long, the first uprising starts in District 8 [CF, 88].

But Katniss is experiencing personal turmoil as well: evaluating what she had with Gale versus what she has with Peeta:

“He [Gale] became my confidant, someone with whom I could share thoughts I could never voice inside the fence. In exchange, he trusted me with his. Being out in the woods with Gale…sometimes I was actually happy.

I call him my friend, but in the last year it’s seemed too casual a word for what Gale is to me. …[HG, 112]”

And when Katniss returns to her home:

“Gale. The idea of seeing Gale in a matter of hours makes my stomach churn. But why? I can’t quite frame it in my mind. I only know that I feel like I’ve been lying to someone who trusts me. Or more accurately, to two people.” [HG, 371]

In Catching Fire and Mockingjay, Katniss is now seventeen.

In the beginning, Katniss acknowledges that her pretend romance with Peeta, as a key strategy for survival in the arena, “was nothing but painful for Gale.” [CF, 9]

And yet, Katniss feels conflicted over Peeta. She says, “Just the sound of his voice twists my stomach into a knot of unpleasant emotions like guilt, sadness, and fear. And longing. I might as well admit there’s some of that, too.” [CF, 14]

After the Hunger Games, Katniss waited in the woods for Gale. She waited at least two hours:

“I’d begun to think that he no longer cared about me. Hated me even. And the idea of losing him forever, my best friend, the only person I’d ever trusted with my secrets, was so painful I couldn’t stand it. Not on top of everything else that had happened. I could feel my eyes tearing up and my throat starting to close the way it does when I get upset.

Then I looked up and there he was, ten feet away, just watching me. Without even thinking, I jumped up and threw my arms around him, making some weird sound that combined laughing, choking, and crying. …” [CF, 26]

Before they parted that day, Gale did something else:

“Then suddenly, as I was suggesting I take over the daily snare run, he took my face in his hands and kissed me. … I hadn’t imagined how warm [his lips] would feel pressed against my own. Or how those hands, which could set the most intricate of snares, could as easily entrap me. …Then he let go and said, ‘I had to do that. At least once.’ And he was gone.” [CF, 27]

Haymitch makes clear however, that from now on, Katniss’s only life is with Peeta, because otherwise it means she has been trying to put one over on the Capitol. [CF, 44]

Gale tells Katniss he loves her. [CF, 96] She can’t answer.

Gale tells Katniss he won’t run away with her; he can’t run from other families that need help. [CF, 100] But Katniss still has not “found herself.”

When Gale is whipped within an inch of his life, Katniss realizes “Gale is mine. I am his.” [CF, 117]

“Of course, I love Gale. But what kind of love does she [her mother] mean? What do I mean when I say I love Gale? I don’t know. [CF, 125]

Katniss plans to tell Gale, when she says goodbye to him before the second Hunger Games, “To let Gale know how essential he’s been to me all these years. How much better my life has been for knowing him. For loving him, even if it’s only in the limited way that I can manage.” But she never gets the chance. [CF, 186] [And as far as we can tell, she never takes that step later, either.]

Katniss with Gale, in the movie version

Katniss with Gale, in the movie version

But Peeta is in the arena with Katniss, and Gale is far away.

Peeta knows how much Rue meant to Katniss, so when it is his turn to make a presentation to the Gamemakers, he paints a picture of Rue, “how she looked after Katniss had covered her in flowers.” It has the desired effect on Katniss. Manipulative? [CF, 248] Later,in Mockingjay, he plants primroses for Katniss in honor of Prim. Again, it seems as if it could be manipulative.

President Snow insists that Peeta and Katniss be married. Cinna creates a wedding dress for Katniss that changes into a mockingjay costume. [CF, 252] Before the second games start, Cinna is beaten in front of Katniss; presumably killed. [CF, 263] Just prior to this, Haymitch, the mentor of Katniss and Peeta said to Katniss: “you just remember who the enemy is.” [CF, 258]

After the aborted second Hunger Games, the survivors not captured by the Capitol are airlifted out. There really is a District 13!

“During the dark days, the rebels in 13 wrested control from the government forces, trained their nuclear missiles on the Capitol, and then struck a bargain: They would play dead in exchange for being left alone.” [MJ, 17]

The president of District 13 is now Alma Coin.

Most of the districts in Panem are now in full-scale rebellion.

Katniss discovers they all tried to keep her alive:

“‘We had to save you because you’re the mockingjay, Katniss,’ says Plutarch. ‘While you live, the revolution lives.’” [CF, 386]

“The others kept Peeta alive because if he died, we knew there’d be no keeping you in an alliance,” says Haymitch. [CF, 387]

Peeta and Johanna and Enobaria were picked up by the Capitol after the arena blew up. [CF, 387]

Gale comes in to see Katness. He is injured:

“Prim?” I gasp.

She’s alive. So is your mother. I got them out in time,” he says.

“They’re not in District Twelve?” I ask.

Gale tells her: “Katniss, there is no District Twelve.” [CF, 391]

District 12 has been destroyed!

As Mockingjay begins, Katniss is in post-game shock/PTSD. When headaches get unbearable, she recites her new mantra:

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me. Peeta was taken prisoner. He is thought to be dead. Most likely he is dead. It is probably best if he is dead…”

More than 90% of District 12 residents are dead. The remaining 800 or so are refugees in District 13…Gale saved these residents, including Katniss’s mother and Prim. He led them to the Meadow. He helped pull down the electrified fence and led the people into the woods.

Katniss finds she still has a role to play:

“…What they want is for me to truly take on the role they designed for me. The symbol of the revolution. The Mockingjay. … I must now become the actual leader, the face, the voice, the embodiment of the revolution….”

Katniss reviews a list of all the people dead because of her… [MJ, 12] Later she muses:

“…I’m on the verge of losing Gale as well. The glue of mutual need that bonded us so tightly together for all those years is melting away. Dark patches, not light, show in the spaces between us… [MJ, 126].”

Katniss is furious with Gale because he didn’t tell her about Peeta being on tv and looking bad. She says:

“Gale as good as lied to me. That was unacceptable, even if he was concerned about my well-being. [MJ, 128] “

She confronted Gale and he said:

“I’m sorry. All right? I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to tell you, but everyone was afraid that seeing Peeta’s propo [propaganda spot] would make you sick,” he says.

“They were right. It did. But not quite as sick as you lying to me for [District 13 President] Coin.” At that moment, his communicuff starts beeping. “There she is. Better run. You have things to tell her.”

“For a moment, real hurt registers on his face. Then cold anger replaces it. He turns on his heel and goes. Maybe I have been too spiteful, not given him enough time to explain. Maybe everyone is just trying to protect me by lying to me. I don’t care. I’m sick of people lying to me for my own good. Because really it’s mostly for their own good. Lie to Katniss about the rebellion so she doesn’t do anything crazy. Send her into the arena without a clue so we can fish her out. Don’t tell her about Peeta’s propo because it might make her sick, and it’s hard enough to get a decent performance out of her as it is. [MJ, 117-8]”

[Is this really fair to lay all this on Gale’s doorstep? Note she also seems to have forgotten that Gale saved her family. One would think the “crime” of not telling her Peeta was not doing well would be offset by a few other things.]

Katniss and Peeta in the movie version, during the games

Katniss and Peeta in the movie version, during the games

Later, they reconcile, but Peeta is still uppermost in Katniss’s mind. Gale to Katniss:

“I don’t stand a chance if he doesn’t get better. You’ll never be able to let him go. You’ll always feel wrong about being with me.”

“The way I always felt wrong kissing him because of you,” I say.

Gale holds my gaze. “If I thought that was true, I could almost live with the rest of it.”

“It is true,” I admit. “But so is what you said about Peeta.” [MJ, 197]

Then Katniss kisses Gale “because I’m so desperately lonely I can’t stand it.” [MJ, 198]

Gale knows her head is elsewhere and stops kissing her.

[It appears to be okay for Katniss to deceive Gale by kissing him while thinking about Peeta and only because she feels lonely, but not for Gale to “deceive” Katniss by protecting her from hearing hurtful information about Peeta.]

Peeta has been brainwashed by the Capitol and accuses Katniss of being a fraud. She thinks:

“All those months of taking it for granted that Peeta thought I was wonderful are over. Finally, he can see me for who I really am. Violent. Distrustful. Manipulative. Deadly. And I hate him for it.” [MJ, 232]

[This is key. And while Peeta apparently “recovers” and sees Katniss like he used to, Gale knows the truth about Katniss and she knows he knows. She would rather have the blind admiration and love of Peeta.]

Peeta and Gale discuss which one Katniss loves:

Peeta: “I wonder how she’ll make up her mind.”

Gale: “Oh, that I do know.” I can just catch Gale’s last words through the layer of fur. “Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can’t survive without.” [MJ, 328-9]

[Katniss overhears this conversation. This seals Gale’s fate. He can see through her, but Peeta cannot.]

Katniss asks Greasy Sae:

“‘Where did Gale go?’

‘District Two. Got some fancy job there. I see him now and again on the television,’ she says.

‘I dig around inside myself, trying to register anger, hatred, longing. I find only relief.’ [MJ, 384]”

[Why is relief her only reaction? How unfair to Gale! And is no one a bit astounded at Gale’s new role?]

Katniss says she figured she would end up with Peeta:

“That what I need to survive is not Gale’s fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that. [MJ, 388]”

So after, when he whispers, ‘You love me. Real or not real?’ I tell him, ‘Real.’ [MJ, 388]”

As romantic and lovely as this ending is, it doesn’t do justice to Gale, except to prove that he knows Katniss better than anyone.

As you can see, I had some “issues” with Mockingjay, but I have to say, I loved the series overall, and thank the author for providing me with hours of enjoyment and emotional gratification.

Let me end by sharing with you one of the touching moments that affected me the most in the series, that happens to be from Mockingjay – the death of Finnick:

Katniss thinks:

“It’s as if I’m Finnick, watching images of my life flash by. The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee’s trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks. Then it’s over. [MJ, 312-2]”

Finnick and Katniss at the training center, from the movie version

Finnick and Katniss at the training center, from the movie version

The Hunger Games published by Scholastic Press, 2008

Catching Fire published by Scholastic Press, 2009

Mockingjay published by Scholastic Press, 2010

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37 Responses to Memorable Moments in Panem: Review of The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

  1. I feel like I should have reread the first book. I actually didn’t even read Catching Fire for the first time until a few weeks ago, so that actually worked out well.

  2. Amanda says:

    I have to admit, I was not at all astounded by Gale’s role – it was exactly what I predicted from him. I could see that bloodthirsty, the-end-justifies-the-means mentality from him from the very first time we meet him, and going back to reread the series after finishing Mockingjay, it’s even more clear. I always knew Gale wouldn’t want to have anything to do with Katniss if she didn’t pick him romantically, which to me is too conditional a love, whereas Peeta’s was unconditional. Not that I ever wanted Katniss to end up with Peeta – I wanted her to end up alone. But I was satisfied with the way things came out. Everyone did exactly what their characterization said they would do. I thought Mockingjay was wonderful.

  3. I only read your review up until Mockingjay — I haven’t finished it yet! I really enjoyed this series and it even got my husband reading again, which is always a plus!

  4. It’s amazing to me how differently we interpret some of these things. Gale was always the physical revolution to me (violence, the hunter) while Peeta was the revolution of the mind (wanting to die as himself, the artist) Peeta creates, Gale destroys. What Peeta said to Katniss before the first games about not losing himself became so much of what drove Katniss through the books.

    I never saw Peeta as manipulative and I don’t understand that interpretation, sorry! I’ve seen a lot of people say they didn’t like Katniss in the final book, which is funny to me because as I was reading, I was thinking how full of affection I felt for her!

    Thanks for your kinds words though even if we have different interpretations of the characters!

  5. Margot says:

    Whoa – you didn’t just read and reread these books. You went to a whole different country, no make that a whole new continent. Sounds like you had a fantastic trip.

  6. Steph says:

    I obviously couldn’t read through this as Tony and I are still working our way through the trilogy for the first time, but I’m definitely going to come back and read this when we’ve finished!

  7. Sandy says:

    I clicked really fast through this because I don’t want to know! But I hate not commenting on your blog, so here I am. At the rate we are going, we may finish this audio book in a month!

  8. zibilee says:

    I am in the middle of this series on Audio, so I will be back to read this review once I am done!

  9. bermudaonion says:

    This is how out of it I am – I didn’t know where or what Panem is. My husband loved the series, too, but says the first book was his favorite.

  10. Rita K says:

    Okay, so I guess I liked Mockingjay better than you – as it went pretty much where I thought it would. And I like Katniss, as she knows how to survive, even if she isn’t always very nice. I pretty much always thought she would end up with Peeta – IF she ended up with anyone. So while the last book was difficult to read at times, I thought it was definitely worth reading.

  11. Rita K says:

    PS – where is your 3 out of 5 or 4.5 out of 5 rating?

    • I didn’t rate Mockingjay because to me, this is not a book you make a choice to read or not. If you have read the first two, you really feel compelled to read this one no matter if you hear if it’s good or bad!

  12. Ti says:

    I see why you decided to review the series as a whole instead of book three by itself but book three really was a let down in comparison to the other two.

    So many mention the hero aspect of it, but to me, Katniss was heroic in books one and two but in book three, the suit fit…period. She did nothing to earn the Mockingjay title. She just sort of let stuff happen TO her.

    Oh, and her easy dismissal of Gale. After all they’d been through. Katniss was just a big tease!!

    • huh? says:

      I don’t see how on earth you thought the third book was a disappointment. it was the best by far. It lets you see exactly how bad everything was, and that even the “good” side could steep to an incredible low. and yeah, katniss wasn’t as heroic, but thats the point. it was trying show how her position as the symbol of the rebellion trapped her instead of letting her help legitimately. The dismissal of Gale did happen rather quickly but i think thats the editors made the author stay under a page limit, and thats why it was short.

  13. Jenners says:

    Well you really went all out for this, didn’t you? It might have been helpful to read all the books back to back to give them a fair assessment, but, in the end, I wasn’t in love from the beginning although I did think the whole concept of The Hunger Games was “fun.”

  14. this is so well done! i love all the quotes you included to support your opinions. i really enjoyed the series but was disappointed with the last book. i really wanted katniss to, once and for all, gracefully accept the role she was given–the symbol of hope for a world without much of it.

    i’m sad about cinna, finnick, and prim, though and feel they deserved more.

  15. Julie P. says:

    I think you were really smart for re-reading. As I was reading MOCKINGJAY, I kept wanting to go back, but once it was in my hands, it was too late.

  16. Marie says:

    In the very unlikely event that I ever read these books, I’m skipping past this whole post, LOL!

  17. Jenny says:

    I didn’t think the last book made any big about-face on Gale’s character–I was surprised that people had that reaction! He just had more weapons to play with by then, that’s all.

  18. Alyce says:

    Wonderful analysis. Finnick’s death got to me too. And I thought we deserved more information about Gale at the ending. Oh, and I hated the epilogue. But like you say, the series does give hours of entertainment.

  19. diane says:

    I’m one of the very last of the bunch who has not read this series. Glad it worked for you –someday….perhaps after the Stieg Larsson series…LOL

  20. Staci says:

    Saw the Spoiler Alert- and not having read 2 or 3 just wanted to pop in and say hi. I scrolled through your post. I do plan on reading both of these before the new year rolls around!

  21. softdrink says:

    Gale definitely got shafted by the author (and let’s not get me started on Finnick). District 2 has got to be hell for him.

  22. This is a really good summary of the whole series and Peeta v. Gale thing – thanks for reminding me of all that stuff, even if I just re-read everything. I disagree a little bit, but I do think Gale going off to District 2 was weird – can’t remember I thought that initially, but I’m starting to think it now.

  23. I really enjoyed this series and thought Mockingjay was a decent ending. I read them for pure pleasure though and didn’t really get too analytical about it. I was okay with the ending, but I wanted more about Gale. I still haven’t fully formed my thoughts about the book although I know I liked it. Now that I’ve finished the entire trilogy, I’m thinking about the books more in depth.

  24. Karla says:

    We have the same issue! Especially when Katniss felt only relief for Gale.. I don’t really get that one. Why relief? What does she mean? Relief that she’ll no longer see Gale without thinking of Prim, or relief because somehow Gale’s somewhere doing well. I don’t know. It felt really unfair for Gale. Somehow it felt like Katniss is mad so mad at him that she knows she doesn’t want to be with someone with all that rage and angst.. I wasn’t satisfied with Gale’s ending. I know Gale would never end up with Katniss but I wanted some closure for Gale.

  25. Rachel Reyna says:

    I think Katniss felt relief when Gale moved on because she knew it was his bombs that killed Prim. I think the reason book 3 brings so many emotions is that it’s not the happiest ending, but it’s interesting because it feels more realistic of not everything resolving, and I’m glad she gets to be with Peeta. He is the most honorable character throughout the whole trilogy.

  26. Great analysis. MJ was a little bit grim for me at times, but overall, loved the series. As soon as I finished MJ, I started reading the series over again and I’m so glad I did. As you said, I caught so many new details upon the second reading.

    I always thought Katniss needed to be with Peeta, no question. There was never any doubt in my mind.

  27. Barb says:

    I am one who was pleased Katniss ended up with Peeta. She started off as a girl closed off to loving anyone (other than the family she had). She’s a teenage girl who lost both parents (dad to the capital whether through an “accident” or horrible working conditions and her mother to depression). She knows full well that the worst way she can ever be hurt is by hurting those she loves so she keeps that number small. Gale has worked his way in over the 5 years, but even she said it was a mutual need for each other. I saw her opening up to allow Peeta’s love by the end of HG. Even she recognizes her faults as she pulls her arrow to finish him off, but to me realizes it is too late…she cares. During CF she has allowed herself to care enough about him to want to save him. I often thought of the pearl that Peeta gave Katniss as the same as her accepting his love. She let a little grain in and over time it grew into something beautiful.
    At the end when she ended up w/ Peeta I was so happy b/c I saw it as a soft strong love. I don’t think she chose him b/c he sees her only as good, he sees her as she is (beautiful, strong, scarred, fragile, angry, hopeful, etc) and yet his love does not change.

  28. speedReader14 says:

    I think that it was pretty obvious Katniss would end up with Peeta. In the Hunger Games, pg.298, Katniss describes “a stirring inside her chest. Warm and curious. This is the first kiss that makes me want another.” and in Catching Fire, again she feels that stir of warmth, “I feel that thing again…. There was only one kiss that makes me feel something stir deep inside. Only one that made me want more… This time, there is nothing but us to interrupt us.” pg. 352. So for those who say that she seems to blow off Gale… Yeah, I guess she was cruel a couple of times… But wasn’t it kind of obvious she would end up with Peeta? Gale was only there to distract her. He was a friend from necessity. It couldn’t have worked. He was just as stubborn as she was. Also, it seems people seem to be forgetting something important… Katniss is still really, really young. Plutarch and Coin and everyone else have created this rebellion for her, but she doesn’t necessarily want a part in it. She is so scared of all of the death she’s seen. She doesn’t want to cause anyone else pain or death. She wants everything to be good, but is struggling with accepting that the world is imperfect. It seems a lot of the readers are forgetting that she is portrayed as imperfect. Suzanne Collins has created a hero who is not perfect by our society’s standards, and though she perseveres and wins, it is a victory with the reality of losses. I find it refreshing. I was crushed when Finnick, Prim, Madge, even Lady died. But it was necessary I think to portray the theme of this series. I think the major theme is that War is necessary at times, but not glorious. Not easy. It is painful, and it leaves scars… But it is necessary for change.

  29. sKye says:

    While I was reading this I could tell right off, from the beggining, that you are gale fan, so a lot of youre ideas obviously favored him. I Dont believe peeta was manipulative in any kind of way, he was just himself. Both Katniss and gale stated that the only reason katniss kisses gale or gives him that kind of attention is because she does not want to see him sad. I do agree that at the end of mj when Katniss quickly dismisess Gale is cold, and when she says him being gone is nothing but relief, i think she ment it as she does not have to hurt him anymore, and he could move on and be happy, and going on by what i stated earlier about her giving him affection only to see him happy, she wont have to battle over having to “pick” on or the other.

    • RickJZm says:

      Telling a TV audience your fake girlfriend is pregnant isn’t manipulative? Planting the bushes wan’t manipulative? Pestering her for children wasn’t manipulative? Everything Peeta does is manipulative. He doesn’t care about Katniss, he wants her to satisfy his own desires.

      It’s pretty clear that Gale was the one Katniss really wanted. Remember the kiss in CF? It literally knocked her off her feet and took her breadth away. Then there was the whole ‘phantom girl’ bit in CF. Katniss always felt bad about what she was doing to Gale. She never felt bad about what she was doing to Peeta when she was with Gale.

      Even at the end, she is thinking about Gale kissing other girls. If she didn’t want Gale then why make that comment? She could have stopped at missing hunting with him but she doesn’t. She even says that it took her a while to have feelings again for Peeta. She was with Peeta only because he was so obsessed with Katniss that he couldn’t move on.

      It was actually Gale that didn’t chose Katniss. Not because he didn’t love her but because he did. He knew it was best for everyone to let her go.

      And that whole dandelion stuff was bull and is contradicted at the end of book and the epilogue. Katniss doesn’t have any fire. If she had fire, she wouldn’t have wanted to off herself or stay curled up in bed for a year. She would have demanded to know the truth about the bombing. Was it Coin? Who else knew? She is the Mockingjay, she should have demanded answers.

      The epilogue shows us Katniss never moved past what happened. So how exactly did the dandelion help her? Peeta has to pester for kids. She doesn’t give us there names and she talks about them playing on a graveyard.

      Sorry, but Katniss never lives up to her potential and we should all take Ms Collins to task for slowly ruining what could have been a great character.

      Oh, and why was it okay for Katniss to lie to her squad and get them all killed and why was it okay for to kill Coin without getting the truth? Both of these were for revenge? But Gale is ‘bloodthirsty’ because he knows what needs done to win the rebellion. Katniss killed for selfish reasons and Gale killed out of necessity. Losing was not an option.

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