GIRL ON FIRE, a very fitting description of the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. A clever, strong-willed, very independent, responsible, clueless when it comes to her feelings, a girl you could go hunting with, great w/ bows and arrows, very keen survival instinct, and all of the things that a guy would go crazy over a girl, she’s got it. But seriously, you would really fall in love with her. The way she handles her self when her father died, steps up to provide for her sister and mother, you would really respect the kind of person she is.
I can’t help but to compare Katniss to Katsa. A lot of similarities when it comes to being a kick-ass-chick they both are but Katniss is more plausible when it comes to how she became who she is. The character building is solid, well-explained and believable. I guess one factor that I should consider is the genre, Graceling is fantasy while THG is dystopian, still the execution on how the characters are depends heavily to the author and hands down to Collins because she did it very well. No dull moments while reading it. You could even see me smile or sometimes cry while reading it. I was so sad when Rue died, I got so attached to her.
One thing that I felt was missing is the lack of giving importance to the antagonist. We all know that Capitol is the enemy here. I just wish that there is a specific person that I could hate like Mayor Prentiss and Aaron of “The Knife of Never Letting Go” or King Leck of “Graceling”. But the book is great without it. A MUST read. Thanks to my GR friends who pushed me on reading it. ^_^
*When Primrose Everdeen was called to represent the girl participant of district 12 for the Hunger Games.
*When she volonteered to replace her sister.
*The bread story.
* The Mutts (Muttations are genetically altered species used by the Capitol like the Jabberjays, Tracker Jacker, and something that is somewhere between a wolf and human)
*The parade of the contestants where they dress them up with what best represents their district.
*The walk out after shooting the apple out of the roast pig’s mouth.
*When Katniss drop the Tracker Jackers nest to the Career tributes.
*Alliance between Rue and Katniss.
*The death of Rue.
*The changing of the rule, that if the two tributes coming from the same district would be left, they would be declared as the contest winners.
*When the mutts that attacked them, Cato, Peeta and Katniss, are the tributes that died.
*(A bit cheesy and clever at the same time) The two star-crossed lovers would eat the nightlock berries at the same time.
P.S: I don’t know but I could really relate to the guys like Jacob(Twilight), Simon(TMI) and now Peeta(THG). Damn that unrequited love. (Bitter much? hehehehe)
Lines from THG (Peeta):
-“I’m sure they didn’t notice anything but you. You should wear flames more often,” he says. “They suit you.”
-Peeta rolls his eyes at Haymitch. “She has no idea. The effect
she can have.”
-“I don’t think it’s going to work out. Winning … won’t help in my case,” says Peeta. “Why ever not?” says Caesar, mystified. Peeta blushes beet red and stammers out. “Because … because … she came here with me.”
-“Well, Peeta, we know, from our days in the cave, that it was love at first sight for you from what, age five?” Caesar says. “From the moment I laid eyes on her,” says Peeta.
-“So, what you’re saying is, these last few days and then I guess … back in the arena … that was just some strategy you two worked out.” “No. I mean, I couldn’t even talk to him in the arena, could I?” I stammer.“But you knew what he wanted you to do, didn’t you?” says Peeta. I bite my lip. “Katniss?” He drops my hand and I take a step, as if to catch my balance.“It was all for the Games,” Peeta says. “How you acted.”“Not all of it,” I say, tightly holding onto my flowers.“Then how much? No, forget that. I guess the real question is what’s going to be left when we get home?” he says.“I don’t know. The closer we get to District Twelve, the more confused I get,” I say. He waits, for further explanation, but none’s forthcoming.“Well, let me know when you work it out,” he says, and the pain in his voice is palpable.
-“One more time? For the audience?”