Scarlet Letter

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When I first started reading the Hunger Games, I was struck with the dystopian world in which Katniss lives. The description of her father dying and leaving the burden of her distant mother and younger sister made me sympathize for Katniss. I also really liked the relationship between Katniss and Gale because even though they were brought together through necessity, their friendship is so easy and comfortable. It was heart wrenching that they had such a serious duty to their families, hunting illegally and putting their names tens of times into the Hunger Games raffle. I felt that the raffle was ridiculously barbaric, and reminded me of a short story that we read in English last year, called “the Lottery”. Anyway, reading the part when Katniss took Primrose’s place in the Games, I had a small sense that Katniss would have a fighting chance. I was unsure about her partner Peeta because he was less accustomed to the difficult lifestyle of hunting and living off scraps that Katniss was. I did think that they would make a good team, however. Leaving off at the part when Katniss is saying goodbye to her family, the harshness she shows her mother just proves my hunch that she is brave and tough enough for the Games. After finishing the Hunger Games, I am definitely excited to finish the series. I want to learn more about the relationship triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta, because I feel like Suzanne Collins could really build that up to be an important plot point. The ending of the book had the most impact on me, with the descriptions of the battle at the cornucopia really resonating with me. I was also taken aback at the gamesmasters’ decision to make only one team member survive. I also fully believed that Katniss and Peeta were going to commit suicide to outsmart the gamesmasters, so the quick, turnaround ruling that both Katniss and Peeta could live was a huge relief for me. I think that in the next book, Collins will make the fact that Katniss outsmarted...
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