MY NAME IS KATNISS EVERDEEN.
WHY AM I NOT DEAD?
I SHOULD BE DEAD.
Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There... read more
Mockingjay opens with Katniss surveying the ruins of District 12, while trying to grapple with her feelings of responsibility and sadness towards the firebombing that occurred at the end of Catching Fire. Peeta is still a prisoner of the Capitol, and his family was killed in the bombing.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Mockingjay opens with Katniss surveying the ruins of District 12, while trying to grapple with her feelings of responsibility and sadness towards the firebombing that occurred at the end of Catching Fire. Peeta is still a prisoner of the Capitol, and his family was killed in the bombing. Katniss struggles in the book in deciding between Peeta - the boy with the bread - and Gale, her hunting partner.
Katniss then talks of her new life with the rebels in the underground District 13. When Peeta appears on a Capitol broadcast, Katniss sees that he is being used, and strikes a deal with the District 13 leader, President Coin: in exchange for immunity for all of the Hunger Games victors and the opportunity to kill President Snow herself, she agrees to become the symbol of rebellion for the rebels.
Soon Peeta and other victors are rescued from the Captiol, but Peeta's memories have been tampered with, and he now hates Katniss. He struggles to find the false memories and is confused by certain details that the Captiol did not tamper. Snow showed him no mercy and he is now out of control. District 13 tries to get back the old sweet, gentle Peeta but fears he will never be the same, for his hate for Katniss is strong enough to kill.
Katniss is assigned to Troop 451, where she, Finnick, Gale, Boggs, an Avox named Pollux, his brother Castor, Peeta, and five others are to be filmed invading the Capitol for propaganda purposes. Katniss plans to sneak away from the group and assassinate Snow on her own. During the mission to the Capitol, they lose members to land mines, muttations, party strife and Capitol assaults. The five remaining members split up upon reaching the Capitol. Katniss presses alone towards Snow's mansion, where the president has penned many children in front of his mansion as human shields for his own safety. An apparent Capitol assault kills several of the children and bystanders, including Katniss' sister Prim who was part of the rebels' medical team.
President Snow is tried and found guilty, but Katniss discovers that the final assault that killed Prim and the children may have been the result of a plan once developed by Gale. Katniss realizes that she will never be able to look at him the same way, even though he was not directly involved with the deaths of the children and Prim.
As Katniss goes to execute Snow, Katniss remembers a conversation with Snow in which they promised not to lie to each other. Thus, she changes her aim and kills Coin instead. She is then imprisoned but acquitted due to her apparent insanity. She endures morphling addiction, catatonic depression and suicidal thoughts.
Katniss is waken from her stupor by Haymitch who informs of her acquittal by the government. Haymitch explains that pandemonium exploded when Katniss assassinated Coin and states that Snow was found dead, possibly of choking on his own blood while laughing at Katniss's decision. Katniss returns to her old house in the Victor's Village and finds Greasy Sae there to take care of her as she struggles to find meaning in her life. One day, she goes outside and finds Peeta planting primroses beside her house, in memory of her sister. Katniss and Peeta help each other through the terrible psychological aftermath of the Games and the war, and over time, Katniss discovers that she loves Peeta as he recalls his old love for her.
In the epilogue, Katniss speaks as an adult, over twenty years later. She is married to Peeta and they have two children. The Hunger Games are over, but she dreads the day her children's innocent world is shattered by learning of the games and the war along with their parent's roles in each. Katniss has taken to counting every good thing that she has seen someone do when she feels upset — which she says is a tedious game, but not the worst there is in the world.
“Our hands find each other, holding fast to a part of 12 that Snow has somehow failed to destroy.”Katniss Everdeen
“My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.”Katniss Everdeen
“Frankly, our ancestors don't seem much to brag about. I mean, look at the state they left us in, with the wars and the broken planet. Clearly, they didn't care about what would happen to the people that came after them.”Katniss Everdeen
“Why, do you find this"--he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose--"distracting?”Finnick Odair
“"Oh, no. It costs a lot more than your life. To murder innocent people?" says Peeta. "It costs everything you are."”Peeta Mellark
“Don't be a fool, Katniss. Think for yourself. They've turned you into a weapon that could be instrumental in the destruction of humanity. If you've got any real influence, use it to put the brakes on this thing. Use it to stop the war before it will be too late. Ask yourself: do you really trust the people you're working with? Do you really know what's going on? And if you don't... find out.”Peeta Mellark
“Katniss...he's still trying to keep you alive.”Gale Hawthorne
“In other words, I step out of line and we're all dead.”Katniss Everdeen
“They'll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.”Finnick Odair
“And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies.”Haymitch Abernathy
“What are you worried about? I'm the one who needs the bodyguard.”Haymitch Abernathy
“If we lose? Then I would expect next year's Hunger Games to be quite unforgettable.”Plutarch Heavensbee
“Maybe everyone is just trying to protect me by lying to me. I don't care. I'm sick of people lying to me for my own good. Because really it's mostly for their own good.”Katniss Everdeen
“It's on the third night, during our game, that I answer the question eating away at me.”Katniss Everdeen
“Sure there is. Beetee and I have been following the same rule book President Snow used when he hijacked Peeta.”Gale Hawthorne
“But word's gotten out that mockingjays are hazardous to your health.”Katniss Everdeen
“Well, you're a piece of work, aren't you?”Peeta Mellark
“It takes a long time before I get to the bottom of why I'm so upset. When I do, it's almost too mortifying to admit. All those months of taking it for granted that Peeta thought I was wonderful are over. Finally, he can see me for who I really am. Untrustworthy. Manipulative. Deadly.”Katniss Everdeen
“Peeta: You'll have to be a little more specific. What about me? | Johanna: That they've replaced you with the evil-mutt version of yourself.”
“I send a silent thank-you to Dalton for suggesting I wash off the makeup. How ridiculous, how perverse I would feel presenting that painted Capitol mask to these people. The damage, the fatigue, the imperfections. That's how they recognize me, why I belong to them.”Katniss Everdeen
“Roses. Wolf mutts. Tributes. Frosted dolphins. Friends. Mockingjays. Stylists. Me. Everything screams in my dreams tonight.”Katniss Everdeen
“Finnick: Ladies and gentlemen... | Katniss: Let the Seventy-sixth Hunger Games begin!”
“Don't worry. You'll have plenty of real targets to hit. But don't get blown up. I've got enough on my plate without having to replace you. Now get to the Capitol and put on a good show.”Plutarch Heavensbee
“Tomorrow morning, when we pull Katniss Everdeen's body from the ashes, we will see exactly who the Mockingjay is. A dead girl who could save no one, not even herself.”President Snow
“I think...you still have no idea. The effect you can have.”Peeta Mellark
“I wouldn't much care except the sight of my body brings back the memory of the pain. And why I was in pain. And what happened just before the pain started.”Katniss Everdeen
“Oh, my dear Miss Everdeen. I thought we had agreed not to lie to each other.”President Snow
“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that.”Katniss Everdeen
“But one day I'll have to explain about my nightmares. Why they came. Why they won't ever really go away.”Katniss Everdeen
“My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capital hates me. Peeta was taken prisoner. He is alive. He is a traitor but alive. I have to keep him alive...”Katniss Everdeen
“You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground, but do you see that? Fire is catching! And if we burn, YOU burn with us!”Katniss Everdeen
“Never underestimate the power of a great stylist.”Peeta Mellark
“It’s not wondering what I breathe in, but who, that threatens to choke me.”Katniss Everdeen
“You could ask for the moon and they’d have to find a way to get it.”Gale Hawthorne
“Good news, Katniss! I think we almost got him convinced him you’re not a mutt!”Plutarch Heavensbee
“Do you want me to have them sedate you until it's over?”Haymitch Abernathy
“Peeta: Yes. And if I could grow wings, I could fly. Only people can’t grow wings. Real or not real? | Katniss: Real. But people don’t need wings to survive. | Peeta: Mockingjays do.”
“Friend. Lover. Victor. Enemy. Fiancée. Target. Mutt. Neighbor. Hunter. Tribute. Ally. I’ll add it to the list of words I use to try to figure you out. The problem is, I can’t tell what’s real anymore, and what’s made up.”Peeta Mellark
“Katniss: Did you love Annie right away, Finnick? | Finnick: No. She crept up on me.”
“While I was waiting…I ate your lunch.”Haymitch Abernathy
“On the last page is a picture of my Mockingjay pin. And under it, Cinna wrote, "I'm still betting on you."”Katniss Everdeen
“Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.”Boggs
“One man in a fluffy robe only carried an overripe banana.”Katniss Everdeen
“I'll keep the ear-piece in!”Katniss Everdeen
“Plutarch: "Just look at the effect Katniss had running around in that Mockingjay suit. Turned the whole rebellion around. Do you notice how she's the only one not complaining? It's because she understands the power of that screen." Katniss in her thoughts: Actually, Katniss isn't complaining because she has no intention of staying with the "Star Squad," but she recognized the necessity of getting to the Capitol before carrying out any plan.”Plutarch and Katniss Everdeen's thoughts
“Peeta: I wonder how she will make up her mind. | Gale: Oh, that I do know. Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can't survive without.”
“Still, I hate them. But, of course, I hate almost everybody now. Myself more than anyone.”Katniss Everdeen
“I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself. I think that Peeta was onto something about us destroying one another and letting some decent species take over. Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children's lives to settle its differences.”Katniss Everdeen
“I look at my little sister and think how she has inherited the best qualities our family has to offer: my mother's healing hands, my father's level head, and my fight. There's also something else there as well, something entirely her own. An ability to look into the confusing mess of life and see things for what they are.”Katniss
“The page begins with the person's picture. A photo if we can find it. If not, a sketch or painting by Peeta. Then, in my most careful handwriting, come all the details it would be a crime to forget ... We seal the pages with salt water and promises to live well to make their deaths count.”Katniss Everdeen
“People of Panem, we fight, we dare, we end our hunger for justice.”
“You don't destroy what you want to acquire in the future.”Alma Coin via Katniss Everdeen
“Nobody's safe...And you in 13 dead by morning.”Peeta Mellark
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”Finnick
“But there are much worse games to play.”Katniss Everdeen
“"You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real."”
“Do you find this, distracting?”Finnick Odair
“Fire is catching...and if we burn, you burn with us”Katniss Everdeen
“"What is it, sweetheart? More boy trouble?"”Haymitch Abernathy
“" Oh my dear Miss Everdeen. I thought we had agreed not to lie to each other."”President Snow
Preceded by Catching Fire.
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