10 December 2012
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Fascism, love triangle, uprising, oh my! These are just a few of the many foci of the second book of the Hunger Games series. As it’s the second of a series of three novels, a quick briefing is necessary. So here’s the low down on the first book- Katniss Everdeen lives in district 12 of Panem; a post-apocalyptic fascist society located on the North American Continent. Panem is divided into 12 districts-each responsible for a specific aspect of the society: Agriculture, Lumber, Coal, Textiles, etc. In order to manifest their power, the government requires that a boy and a girl from each district participate in the annual Hunger Games- a televised violent fight to the death with only one victor…usually. Katniss and her forced yet somewhat voluntary love interest Peeta are both participants in the games…two years in a row.
This book picks up after their first participation in the 74th games. Rebellion ensues because 2 victors are crowned. District 12 is assigned a new head Peacekeeper who is even more uncompromising than the previous one. Katniss’ friend Gale is caught with game he trapped in the forest-an illegal act that was previously overlooked, but this time he is whipped in the middle of the town square. When Katniss returns to the square a few days later “Peacekeepers march on the cleanly swept cobblestone. Along the rooftops, more of them occupy nests of machine guns. Most unnerving is a line of new constructions- an official whipping post, several stockades and a gallows”(128) The mines, where nearly all the men work are closed for two weeks and “by that time, half of district 12 is starving.”(131) Threatened by the president, Katniss is forced to marry Peeta despite her undying love for her lifelong best friend Gale-completing the love triangle. Provoked by the arrival of a crate of wedding dresses sent from the Capitol, Katniss escapes to the woods to visit for...