SPARKS ARE IGNITING.
FLAMES ARE SPREADING.
AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.
Katniss is threatened to make a show for the President that she did not make fun of the capitol.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark... read more
After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the previous novel, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, the poorest sector in the fictional country of Panem. On the day that Katniss and Peeta are to start a "victory tour" of the country, she is visited by President Snow.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the previous novel, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, the poorest sector in the fictional country of Panem. On the day that Katniss and Peeta are to start a "victory tour" of the country, she is visited by President Snow. President Snow explains that he is angry at her for threatening to commit suicide with Peeta at the end of the Hunger Games, which permitted them both to win. President Snow tells Katniss that when she defied the Capitol, she created talk of rebellion in the districts. He threatens to kill her family and friends if she cannot prove to everyone in Panem that her act was not one of defiance, but that she was instead driven by an intense love for Peeta.
The first stop on the victory tour is District 11, the home of Katniss' friend and ally in the Hunger Games, Rue, before she died. During the ceremony, Katniss delivers a quick speech to the people of District 11, thanking them for their tributes. When she is done, an old man whistles a tune that Rue used in the arena to tell Katniss that she was safe. The song acts as a signal and everyone salutes Katniss using the same gesture that she used to say farewell to Rue. Katniss is taken away, but not before she sees Peacekeepers shoot the whistling man in the head. Katniss and Peeta then proceed to travel to all of the twelve districts and the Capitol. During an interview, Peeta proposes to Katniss publicly, hoping to settle the dispute between Katniss and President Snow. Despite this, Katniss learns that their attempts of subduing rebellion in the districts have failed. Shortly after returning to District 12, Katniss encounters two runaways from District 8. They explain a theory that District 13 was not wiped out by the Capitol, due to its residents going underground, and that stock footage of 13 is played instead of new film on television. Later, it is announced that, for the 75th Hunger Games, 24 victors from previous years will be forced to compete once again. This is in honor of the "Quarter Quell": an event that occurs every 25th year of the Games and allows the Capitol to introduce a twist. Knowing that she and Peeta will both be competing in the Games a second time, Katniss decides that she will devote herself to protecting Peeta, since Peeta protected her last Hunger Games.
During the Games, Katniss and Peeta join up with two other previous victors, Finnick Odair: a 24-year-old man who successfully survived the Games at the age of 14 and Mags: Finnick's 80-year-old mentor, both from District 4. After Mags' death, Katniss, Peeta and Finnick join forces with Johanna Mason, a sarcastic and often cruel victor from District 7, and Beetee and Wiress, an older couple from District 3 who are said to be "exceptionally smart". Wiress soon proves her genius by revealing to Katniss that the arena is arranged like a clock, with all of the arena's disasters occurring on a timed chart. After Wiress is brutally killed, Katniss learns of Beetee's plan to harness lightning in order to supposedly electrocute two other contenders, in which Beetee's intentions are really to destroy the force field with it. In the final chapters, Katniss directs the lightning at the force field that contains the arena, thereby destroying the arena and resulting in her temporary paralysis. When she wakes up, she is being transported to District 13: a place that is widely thought to no longer exist. She is joined by Finnick, Beetee, Gale and Haymitch but learns that Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria have been captured by the Capitol for torture. Katniss is informed that there had been a plan between most of the contestants to break out of the arena and that Beetee had been attempting to destroy the force field in the same way that she did. The book ends with Katniss' best friend, Gale, informing her that, though he got her family out in time, District 12 has been bombed and destroyed.
“At some point you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it”Katniss Everdeen
“I don't have a talent, unless you count hunting illegally, which they don't.”Katniss Everdeen
“What does this mean? It means I get to spend the morning having the hair ripped off my body while Peeta sleeps in.”Katniss Everdeen
“Finally something I'll be good at.”Katniss Everdeen
“And I love it. Getting to be myself at last.”Katniss Everdeen
“'I swear if you cry, I'll kill you here and now.' 'Had a damp morning?' ' You could wring me out.'”Katniss and Cinna
“I can almost hear him growling at me, 'Use your brain if you have one. What is it?'”Katniss Everdeen
“Now he's arranging things around my living room: clothing, fabrics, and sketchbooks with designs he's drawn. I pick up one of the sketchbooks and examine a dress I supposedly created. "You know, I think I show a lot of promise."”Katniss Everdeen
“Finally Cinna stepped in and offered to help me develop my passion for designing clothes, which really required development since it was nonexistant.”Katniss Everdeen
“It's like when you wouldn't look at me naked in the arena even though I was half dead. You're so... pure," he says finally.”Peeta Mellark
“I don't exaggerate when I say she pushed me out the door.”Katniss Everdeen talking about Effie
“Isn't it strange that I know you'd risk your life to save mine... but I don't what your favorite color is?”Peeta Mellark
“I had to do that. At least once.”Gale Hawthorne
“Johanna's nicknamed them Nuts and Volts," he says. " I think she's Nuts and he's Volts.""And so I'm stupid for thinking they might be useful because of something Johanna Mason said while she was oiling up her breasts for wrestling," I retort.”Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark
“Katniss, the girl on fire, has left behind her flickering flames and bejeweled gowns and soft candlelight frocks. She is as deadly as fire itself.”Katniss Everdeen
“"My nightmares are usually about losing you," he says. "I'm okay once I realize you're here."”Peeta Mellark
“What do you think?” he asks. “I hate them,” I say. I can almost smell the blood, the dirt, the unnatural breath of the mutt. “All I do is go around trying to forget the arena and you've brought it, back to life. How do you remember these things so exactly?” “I see them every night,” he says.”Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark
“I'd like to walk away too, but she grips my hand so tightly I would have to pry off her fingers, and I don't have the strength for that kind of cruelty.”Katniss Everdeen
“But his are overly full, the skin stretched too tight. I have to wonder if his mouth has been altered to make him more appealing. If so, it was a waste of time and money, because he's not appealing at all.”Katniss Everdeen
“You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him.”Haymitch
“No wonder I won the Games. No decent person ever does. You saved Peeta, I think weakly. But now I question even that. I knew good and well that my life back in District 12 would be unlivable if I let that boy die.”Katniss Everdeen
“...I need to stop punishing her for something she couldn't help....Because sometimes things happen to people and they're not equipped to deal with them.”Katniss
“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever.”Peeta Mellark
“Done knocking yourself out, sweetheart?”Haymitch Abernathy
“There's no choice but to strip him naked to get him clean, but I have to say this doesn't make much of an impression on me anymore. Our kitchen table's been full of so many naked men this year. You kind of get used to it after a while.”Katniss Everdeen
“Because sometimes things happen to people and they're not equipped to deal with them.”Katniss Everdeen (Referring to her mother)
“Peeta, how come I never know when you're having a nightmare?" "I don't know. I don't think or cry out or thrash around or anything. I just come to, paralyzed with terror." "You should wake me." "It's not necessary. My nightmares are usually about losing you. I'm okay once I realize you're here.”Katniss and Peeta
“Why don't you get some sleep?" ": . . . (Because I can't handle the nightmares. Not without you, I think.)”Peeta and Katniss
“Lover? Forget about that. He abandoned any pretense of even being my friend. I wrap my arms tightly around his neck before he can order me to do push-ups or something. Instead he pulls me in close and buries his face in my hair. Warmth radiates from the spot where his lips just touch my neck, slowly spreading through the rest of me. It feels so good, so impossibly good, that I know I will not be the first to let go.”Katniss Everdeen (Referring to Peeta)
“Having an eye for beauty isn't the same thing as a weakness. Except possibly when it comes to you.”Peeta Mellark (Referring to Katniss)
“Do we sleep? I don't know. We spend the night holding each other, in some halfway land between dreams and waking. Not talking. Both afraid to disturb the other in the hope that we'll be able to store up a few precious minutes of rest.”Katniss Everdeen (Referring to her and Peeta)
“I think... this is just hwat i need to face the others”Katniss
“Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven't looked pretty? i say."It must be. The sensation's completely new. how have you managed it all these years?"he asked."Just avoid mirrors."You'll forget about it,"i say. "Not if i keep looking at you,"he says.”Finnick and Katniss
“You know, if you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls," he says earnestly to Finnick.”Peeta to Finnick
“" I can't believe we actually got to meet you. You're practically all anyone's talked about since-" "I know. I know. Since I pulled out those berries," I say tiredly.”Bonnie and Katniss
“" It's like when you wouldn't look at me naked in the arena even though I was half dead. You're so... pure," he says finally."I am not!" I say. " I've been practically ripping your clothes off every time there's been a camera for the last year!""Yeah, but... I mean, for the Capitol you're pure," he says clearly trying to mollify me. " For me, you're perfect. they're just teasing you".”Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen
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