Welcome to the Hunger Games read-along! Beginning July 1st, 2010, we will be reading and chatting about one chapter a day of both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins in anticipation of the release of Mockingjay on August 24th.

In the unlikely event that this is your first read of these amazing books, welcome! And more importantly, beware of spoilers! There will be spoilers.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Catching Fire Chapter 11

In which Katniss reveals she's getting better at lying and thinking on her feet!  But first, she has to get over the newly electrified fence.  Her family doesn't know where she is (good thing!), and she goes up a tree, leaps Rue style into the next one, and drops to the ground, injuring her foot and tailbone.

Somehow, she manages to play it cool with the peacekeepers, and Peeta and Haymitch have got her back, yo.  And Prim, too.  She's growing up wily.  Katniss pushes it with the peacekeepers, which makes me like her, that sassafrass.

Peeta paints pictures of plants in Katniss's family book and Katniss writes in it, which seems totally like married couple stuff.  Katniss watches TV, and confirms the mockingjay is the same in all the District 13 footage.

What does the Capitol show on the news?  Katniss sees a story about the Dark Days, and another about the mines of District 13:  there is a graphite shortage, but the mines are too toxic to approach.

Also, in this chapter, I started thinking about peacekeeper names, which made me wonder how they are recruited.  Does it make sense that Thread would be from District 8, like Twill?  And maybe Cray is from District 11, you know, crayfish?  Does the Capitol force people into that role?  Do they ask for volunteers?  And if either a or b, how many weak links in the peacekeeper system are there?  Hmmmmmm.


  1. Totally not related to this chapter but lots of fun: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/books/review/Paul-t.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

  2. Heather, I think you're spot-on about the Peacekeepers coming from districts related to their names. Do we think Darius was recruited from the Capitol? Wonder if he knows the Avox?

    Everyone will laugh at me when I admit that I thought the idiom was "shimmy up that tree," until I read this chapter and discovered the word "shinny." I learn something new every day, and that's the way I like it!

  3. Darius could also be from 2 (with Cato and Brutus).

  4. Anyone else think it's too much of a coincidence that they decided to turn on the electricity the exact day Katniss went into the woods? But if they have a witness or a camera showing her going under the fence, why bother with the pretense of trying to catch her outside?

    I have no clue how the Peacekeepers can possibly work. I don't think they can be recruited from the districts because that's just about the stupidest thing to do, giving people who may or may not HATE you the most powerful weapons in the country. But the people from the Capitol seem too stupid and out of touch with reality to handle the dirty work of oppressing innocent civilians.

  5. PK9, I think they did the fence thing the way they did because it's more intimidating. Saying "we saw you go under the fence," just doesn't have the same power as "we know what you're doing, and we can stop it." For all we know, they were hoping she would die out there. If that's the case, they don't know our Katniss very well.

  6. Mmm, that's true, but when she showed up at home AFTER, they could still say "we saw you go under the fence" and execute her for that.