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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Catching Fire Chapter 7

Sorry for the lateness!  Let's get on with it then.

In which Katniss waits for Gale to come to the (totally not-believable) secret lake house, which he does.  She asks him to run away with her, which makes him giddy and he tells Katniss "I love you."  I faint dead away, the scent of oranges lingering all around me.  When I come to, Katniss has blown it and the couple are in the middle of a fight, because Romantic Gale thought Katniss meant run away with him, but what she meant was run away with all of District 12 in tow, including Gale's favorite friend, PEETY!  Katniss tells him about the uprising, and suddenly, everything's different for Gale.  He wants to stay and fight (because he's a foxy rebel), and he's all bitter at Catnip, who is, as usual, all confusled about her emotions.

Gale takes off with his turkey in tow, but not Cinna's gloves (can I have them?) and Katniss heads back after a time where she runs into Peeta in the Victor's Village.  She asks him to run away, and he says, "Sure, Katniss" but he knows she'll never do it.  They get to the square and there's Gale, all meaty-backed, getting whipped by Not-Cray.  Eep!  Hang on Gale, I'll save you!

Explain to me again why you like Peeta better than Gale?  I'm still not getting it. 

Seriously, though, this chapter is an emotional roller coaster (to state it as a cliche).  We're in love, we're angry and jealous, we're confused, we're rebellious, and after all of that, there is major pity and fear.  What do you think SC had in mind for us in this chapter?  Are we meant to be this confused?  Is she trying to hide something from us in all this turmoil?

Madge says "But mockingjays were never a weapon.  They're just songbirds.  Right?"  Do you agree or disagree?  Are mockingjays the perfect symbol they're set up to be?


  1. A belated comment in which I attempt to answer 2 of the 3 firestarters with a single response:


    Madge and her family have been primed for rebellion since her Aunt Maysilee was a tribute in the 2nd quarter quell--though I suspect even before that. Madge recognizes the mockingjay as a symbol of the Districts' outsmarting the Capitol, and while this mayor's daughter feigns ignorance, that's exactly why she gave Maysilee's pin to K. Madge = Rebel Grrl! Gale = Rebel Boy who sometimes wants to run away with K and sometimes thinks the big picture is more important than being with K. Peeta = Prime directive is to protect and care for K. And here's where I share a song lyric, "Love the one you're with." Peeta is there for K always, while Gale has other priorities. I want to see what Gale and Madge can put together to topple the Capitol. I want to see what K & P can do to topple the Capitol. And that's why I'm shipping K & P.

  2. P.S. Does anyone else suspect the mayor intended for K to see the TV bulletin about the uprising in D8? He finds K wandering around near his mayoral TV, then in a friendly tone says "Looking for Madge?" Thereby giving K an excuse for being around there. Then he dismisses the whole suspicious situation with "Well, you know where to find her," and makes a big show of looking at the bulletin on the TV, looking grave, saying "Excuse me," and punctuates it by closing the door tightly in K's face. If he knew K knows where to find Madge, then he knows she doesn't need to be wandering around there, but that is in fact exactly what he was hoping she would do because the mayoral family wants a rebellion! The Capitol never should have taken Maysilee!

  3. Sarah... I skipped your comments since I don't know if they cover past where I've read, I'll probably come back when I'm done and reread them.

    Peeta and Gale are both adorable, but in different ways. Oh Katniss, you probably have the two best catches in all of District 12 madly in love with you, and you can't even figure out if you like either of them.

    I think I made the point about the mockingjays in an earlier chapter, but here it is again: I think the mockingjays represent a double defeat to the Capitol. First by the rebellion when they figured out the jabberjays and embarrassed them with lies, and then by Mother Nature when the Capitol tried to exterminate them and they ended up mating with mockingbirds and being apparently ubiquitous in all of Panem. So I think it's a perfect symbol for any rebellion to use.