Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gonna have to go with Number Two

Catching Fire 

Out of the books of the Hunger Games trilogy, my favorite would have to be the second book, Catching Fire. There are an abundant amount of aspects that this book specifically pulls me into enjoying it the most; for example, how the rebellion of the districts beginning develops a strong sense of anticipation and curiosity for what is going to happen next. With each book, I did feel the "edge of my seat" type of reading, but I found to have this certain feeling the strongest within the second book.
Because the setting, the story, and the characters are all already provided as a background information, a reader's curiosity is increased. Having this specific knowledge will give the chance for readers to predict, to wonder, and to expect how this story will unravel. When the tributes hold each other's hands after the Caesar's interview foreshadows, there is a sense of defiance where the districts can be able to unite even being oppressed by the Capitol. I found it rather endearing to see all the districts' tributes were able to see pass their differences to exploit who the real enemy of the Games is.

Another example that I separated this book from the other two was the character development of each character from the first book. There is a distinct difference between Haymitch in the first book compared to the second one. His personality is rather sobering ever since Katniss and Peeta won the games. Understanding this was an opening for hope, Haymitch realizes and shows care to the overarching situation of the Capitol's plan to suppress the districts further. He presents to be more of a mentor to Katniss and Peeta as if he cares for their well-being. Transitioning from a unforgiving drunk to a respectable teacher demonstrates his true personality and feelings. Expanding my view on Haymitch has given more of an opinion that the rebellion towards the Capitol will have a foundational of experience, knowledge, and strategy.

My favorite part of this book would have to be the diversity of the arena that represented the Quarter Quell. Since it was 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, the gamemakers obviously had to make the Quarter Quell very special for those participating in such festivities. President Snow announces for previous victors to be chosen to enter another bloodbath to assert the Capitol's dominance over the twelve districts, which consist of Panem. Within the specific Hunger Games, the arena is a model of a clock where each hour divides the arena with a different and profound obstacle that the tributes will have to face. Previously said in last week's blog, there are storms of blood, carnivorous monkeys, acid fog, a tidal wave, and some unnamed. Visualizing the images of these certain obstacles enlisted fear within my mind generating an empathy for the tributes in the games.This setting also exploits the hatred and anger that the tributes have for the Capitol, such as Johanna having monologues with President Snow while trapped in the arena. Johanna represents another individual that is upset and tired of the Capitol's reign of power; Katniss is not the only who is acting defiantly. 

the Hunger Games
Catching Fire


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