When Katniss is threatened by President Snow, told that her family and friends will be held accountable for her actions, she finds herself torn between obligation and her own emotional turmoil.
In the triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale becomes much more distinct, as Katniss neither wants a boyfriend nor a husband, but finds her hand forced to action in order to protect both Peeta and Gale from the Capitol’s ruthlessness.
I didn’t absolutely love it, as the similarities to Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games. Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop.
She and fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. And what scares her more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try.
Suffice to say, the plot twists are delectable, even if they’re not entirely surprising. Collins writes with a flair for hard and fast SF action, but manages to imbue deeper meaning in each scene primarily through her understanding of not only the political and world-building repercussions, but also through her completely sympathetic characters.
In that light, the true strength of lies in its heroine.Collins finally separates herself from the long shadow of Koshun Takami and Stephen King as she ventures beyond the contained realm of the Arena, creating a story of larger scale with the simmering of political rebellion and questioning of the Capitol’s control.In , we see the ramifications of Katniss and Peeta beating the system, emerging from the Arena physically intact, but their actions have been a catalyst to a very dissatisfied, disenfranchised public.Parents need to know that this follow-up to The Hunger Games concerns a TV tournament in which 20 teens fight a gruesome battle to the death.The violence, while not gory or graphic in detail, is plentiful.lives up to all the fireworks of the first book while it simultaneously manages to improve on more well-rounded underlying themes (i.e.the effects of a rigid totalitarian style of rule, the ethics of rebellion).Katniss’s act of defiance affects even the Capitol, as some of the city-folk adopt her mockingjay as a fashion statement, and even begin to sympathize with the young heroine.While the worldbuilding is fantastic, the plotting is similarly impeccable.The stakes are upped in this sequel, and as a result the action holds much more significance.There are many twists in , and it would be remiss to spoil them – so I won’t.