Catching Fire Ignites


You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

Another song by The Beatles.  Another book in The Hunger Games Trilogy.  More thinking and more excitement zooming around inside my head.  A classic to fit a classic.  But first, back to The Arena, and along the way…

A Revolution breaks out in Catching Fire.

After surviving the harrowing events of The Hunger Games, Katniss is back home in District 12 with her fellow winner (and possible love interest?) Peeta.  She is living in absolute luxury, but suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and trying to rebuild her shattered psyche.  Peeta is still mad at her for supposedly faking her feelings in the game, while the inconsequential Gale is waiting around like a wounded puppy dog.

But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right

Enter President Snow with a warning.  Her act of love was construed by some as an act of rebellion.  This cannot be the case.  She must stop the revolution now.  Or the government will fall.  Katniss’s response:  “It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.”  The threats become apparent, show the act was of love, not of rebellion, or deaths will occur.  Attempts by Kat to avert further unrest are unfruitful, so the government plays its final card.  Former winners will enter an all-star Hunger Games, which drags Kat and Peeta back into the fray.

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can

Plans within plans are set in motion.  Clues lead to clues that something is amiss.  The television interviews leading to the Games ignite more difficulties for the government.  Bombshell declarations lead to more turmoil.  Kat can sense the change forming, and she finally starts easing into the symbol the resistance need.  She becomes the Mockingjay.

As she and Peeta enter The Hunger Games again, chaos reigns and the death count spirals upwards.  The love the two share become even more vital for survival, for inner peace, and for revolution.  And then the Games end in a totally unsuspecting way.  Young love wins all.

But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right
Ah
ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…

Kat waffling in the first part of the story over who her heart belongs to is simply PTSD at work.  A needless love triangle continued for dramatic purpose, since we can all tell who she belongs with.  The propaganda of their relationship that is put forth by themselves and the government is for mutual survival.  But it is not far off the mark.  Acting is not Kat’s strong suit, so any outburst of emotion for Peeta are genuine.  And truly heartbreaking.

At this point Kat seems to be channeling Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye.  Holden, the central character, does not want sex without love, and while Kat has slight confusion over her emotions with Peeta, she never consummates her feelings in bed.  She has plenty of opportunities, and the yearning is evident, but she seems content with his vanquishing her nightmares with his proximity.  A touch of her hair brings peace to her soul.  Physical affection beyond that she is unsure of, unready for.  She is so steeled against it, but so longs for it.  Holden and Katniss would have interesting talks.

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You better free your mind instead

What also bothers Kat all throughout the journey is the sacrifices others make for the Games.  Seeing the victims families, worrying over how they are faring, and offering support when able, pre-occupy her thoughts.  One friend dies horribly during the Games, all to save them,  which evoked memories of another protest in another time for me.  Back in 1989, a failed revolution was launched in China and the infamous moment happened when one lone man stood in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square.  Would they run him over?  Would they kill him in order to preserve the dictatorship?  Yes.  He died under their treads.  Riots ensued.  And China is still a dictatorship.  I am hoping for better results from this rebellion.

But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right
all right, all right, all right
all right, all right, all right

Next up is the final volume in this trilogy, Mockingjay.  The rebellion is about to go full tilt.  Katniss has two missions to fulfill, one of the heart and one of the soul.  Armed with her arrows, her wits, and a handful of berries, she is going to bring down President Snow.  And then live happily ever after with Peeta.  The last story is going to be epic.  Come join the fight.

A Revolution is coming.  Prepare your berries.

Scoopriches

See how the story of Katniss began in The Hunger Games, then read my review here.

Finish the tale of Katniss in Mockingjay, then read my review of the finale here.

P.S.  Catching Fire is written by Suzanne Collins.  It was published by Scholastic Inc and is copyright 2009.  The cover is copyright Scholastic Inc.  It is 391 pages in Hard Cover.

P.P.S.  “Revolution” is performed by The Beatles.  It is copyright 2011 by Apple Music.  It was released as a single in August 1968.

P.P.P.S  The picture of the Man in front of the Tank is from the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989.  The revolution failed.

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