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.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Catching Fire Chapter 15

Holy Sloop John B!  We find out a LOT about other districts in this chapter.  Check out the updates over there --->

Our windows into the Capitol, the prep team, are soggy messes because they love them some victors.  Cinna and Portia "spent a lot of ours watching fires."  What do you suppose they discussed besides making costumes?  Finnick is gross, but kind of compelling in a naked Golden Boy sort of way, and intriguing when he reveals that he "trades in secrets."  He also knows more than Katniss, which is when he makes his exit.  Bloodbreath is fixated on Katniss. (aren't we all?)   Katniss misreads Johanna Mason's attempts at friendliness because she's naked and abrasive.  Why are naked abrasive girls always so misunderstood?  Maybe it's the spiky hair.

Peeta tells Katniss she's clueless and fun to make fun of pure, and the redheaded Avox is back, now with her counterpart, Darius!

So, what I want to know is this:  who controls the hiring and placing of Avoxes?  Is it the Capitol, sending a threat?  Or is it someone who wants Katniss and Peeta to use them to their rebellious advantage?  Does President Snow really have time for that shizz?

And B:  Why is Katniss so good at reading some people, like Gale and Haymitch, and so lousy at reading other people, like Johanna and Peets?

Sorry for the late post today!


  1. If Blood-breath Snow intentionally placed the female avox with K, then that means he was spying on K and her hunting even before the reaping. Why would he have been interested in her then? Perhaps her father was a rebellion leader? Might be a stretch. I'd prefer to think that a rebellion sympathizer in the Capitol matched the female avox and Darius with K to assist in some way with the rebellion.

    Love the way you read "pure" to mean "clueless and fun to make fun of." Sometimes K's behavior reminds me of embarrassing facets of my personality, and it makes me squirm. Oh YA fiction, I love you. I hate you. I love you.

    Have to point out a Cinna quote that I added to my list of things I love about Cinna: "Don't worry. I always channel my emotions into my work. That way I don't hurt anyone but myself." I am going to cry SO HARD when he dies in Mockingjay.

  2. Ok, so I'm on Chapter 22 now. Oops. I forgot how upsetting it gets! GAH!!!!

    Um, as for question 2, I think Katniss can read people she's familiar with. Gale and Haymitch are her people. They make sense to her, and they think very much like she does.

    Also, guess who is going to still be in town for the BOW party! Eee! I'm excited!

  3. Sarah, I didn't read pure that way, Katniss did. I'm only reporting the facts. :) And we're all a little like Katniss, right? Isn't that why we like her?

  4. I don't get the Avox assignment at all. I mean, all Avoxes are probably mad at the Capitol, but those are the two who I vote Most Likely to Help Katniss Start a Rebellion. It can't be coincidental, and the higher ups would have to be totally clueless to not know that former District 12 Peacekeeper Darius is hanging out on Floor 12 with his old buddy Katniss. It HAS to be intentional, but why?

    Katniss is good at reading Gale? Again, let's go back to the beginning of THG: "There's never been anything romantic between Gale and me... Besides, if he wants kids, Gale won't have any trouble finding a wife." If I had to guess, I'd venture Gale's been in love with her since the moment he didn't attack her for possibly stealing from his snares.