What I am reading.
So I’m just finished reading the three books by Suzanne Collins which was the The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Also I made the latter as my reading log for my English subject.
Let me do a little outline of the Mockingjay.
First off, I’ll tell you my prediction.
My prediction is that the Capitol will fall and District 13 will be revealed to the other district that it survived from Capitol’s bombings and replace the former system of the Capitol with a more merciful system. Katniss, Gale, Peeta and their families will still be alive with no more tradegies or deaths of people close to them.
So where does this story happen? This took place in Panem, which stood amidst ruins on a mountain range (which I forgot,) in what used to be America. It was implied in the story that North America or all of the world’s remaining civilization, all with its technology, former culture, and manners vanished, but not one reason was said at the story. With these conditions, Panem ended up to be half-futuristic and half-primitive, as some poor families’ breadwinners are, like Katniss, resort to bows and snares for hunting game out in the forest, for they are not adequately fed. And even though Capitol lose the recent technologies achieved by the mankind, it still have stealth hovercrafts for their air force and muttations (pun on ‘mutt’ and mutation) which were altered animals, to do most of the dirty work. Each of the districts had a uniform job, for an example, District 12 is for mining coals. The first two books happened in the Capitol’s Hunger Games arena, Capitol, and District 12, while the last took place in some of the other district, Capitol, and District 13.
WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Now to tell you about the main characters. Katniss Everdeen, the victor of the 74th Hunger Games and a participant in the 3rd Quarter Quell or 75th Hunger Games is the protagonist of the story. Originally the breadwinner of the Everdeens, she trespasses across the electric fence surrounding District 12 to hunt in the forest, called Meadow. She is generous and thoughtful, especially to Primrose, because of her she volunteered to join the Games and be part of the rebellion, although Prim died. She was shy at her first interview, as she will stutter and mumble over her words if it weren’t for Cinna’s tip. She has shown her aggresiveness when she became hot-headed at the drunk Gamemakers and shot an arrow in their direction. She also proved her versatility at making snares, hiding, throwing knives, shooting arrows, knotting and healing at the rebellion and Games. Clever and encouraging, she had made it with Peeta at her 74th Games till the end, making snares and outsmarting her foes with only a dozen of her arrows while keeping Peeta optimistic and alive. When moody or emotional, she became elusive and hid at the most unexpected places, like when she hid in a supply closet.
Peeta. The baker’s son who helped Katniss and her family survive with a burnt loaf of bread. Don’t want to spoil the story to you, but he is the one that became Katniss’ partner at the end, even had three kids and growing. He was chosen over Gale because of his caring and calmness and its effect to Katniss, especially when Katniss has nightmares, he just lie next to her and she will calm. He is also tricky, as how he cleverly joined the Career’s pack and tried to keep them from Katniss. At the last few tributes remaining, he hid himself and disguised as a boulder so he can’t be found by the other tributes. He was also generous and unselfish, as he is willing to sacrifice his life for Katniss as much as Katniss wanted him to survive. His backsides are that he’s easily discouraged and fooled, as he believed he was dying anyway and told Katniss to leave him. He was fooled by Katniss because he is so persistent to join her but she gave her a sleeping pill mixed with sweet fruits to knock him out.
Haymitch. Though at first this drunkard, once a victor, was only extra in the series, he became an important figure and served as Katniss and Peeta’s mentor. He is responsible, clever and thoughtful in a way Katniss only understood, as in his timing of supplies after Peeta and Katniss’ feigned kiss. Once Katniss went to his house, and she said that it looked like an ocean of trash, and this proves he’s a loner with no family to live with. A participant in a rebellion.
Last but not the least, Gale. Katniss’ first love, partly because of their similarities, hunting yet caring, rebellious and aggresive. Now only her best friend after their recent arguments over love and their ever-growing differences. He was at the last book driven by vengeance to the Capitol, and was suspected by Katniss to be the one with Beetee behind the bomb that killed Prim. As Katniss has said, she was fire itself, and she don’t want Gale because he is one too.
The District 12’s current condition and District 13 was told in the Chapters 1 and 2, when Katniss visited their old house. The action tenses when Katniss demanded to the President of District 13 herself her conditions before she will agree to be the rebels’ Mockingjay at the Chapters 3 to 4. The climax is when she was chosen to be in the Star Squad that will be the one recorded as a propo and the one that is assigned to kill Snow, at the Chapters 18 till 24. The ending and epilogue was from 25 to 27, where Coin, the President of District 13, Snow, and Prim died. Katniss went back to the Victor’s Village to live with Peeta and their three kids.
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