Following her victory in the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen is attempting to get her life back to normal when Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins, begins. Even though, now she so much money she doesn’t know what to do with and she has too much time on her hands and nothing to do. She’d still attempting to forget the images she witnessed during the Games, and attempting to mend the relationship with her fellow victor, Peeta Mellark.
President Snow makes it clear that he was not tricked into believing that her act of rebellion with the berries was not the act of a girl hopelessly in love, and it could lead to a rebellion. He gives her the challenge to convince him that she is completely in love with Peeta, and she should also convince the Districts. This proves to be more difficult for Katniss, and she quickly attempts to find another plan to save herself and those she loves.
As the Peace Keepers begin to come down on District 12, the Districts are informed of what the special circumstance of the 75th Hunger Games will hold: the tributes that will be reaped to enter the arena will be taken from the already existing victors from each District. As Katniss is the only female victor from District 12, she knows that she is going back into the arena.
She decides that her final act of rebellion will against the Capitol be to keep Peeta alive, and realizes just who else she will be facing: experienced killers who are going to gun for her. She makes alliances that make Haymitch Abernathy, a fellow victor and her mentor, shake his head but he goes along with them. He just tells Katniss to remember who the enemy is, and she doesn’t realize exactly what he means until the correct moment.
As I believe fellow readers will agree, this cliff hanger is one of the WORST ways to end a book! It’s a simple ending, but the desire to read the final book in the trilogy is world consuming as you need to find out what the next book holds in store for Katniss and her fellow rebels.
As Mockingjay Part 1 will be released in the less than a month, I am planning on reading Mockingjay between Part 1 and 2. I can’t read fast enough to justify starting the book now, or I would have already started it as the cliff hanger drives me bonkers.