The Second Book of the Hunger Games
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I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air. My muscles are clenched tight against the cold. If a pack of wild dogs were to appear at this moment, the odds of scaling a tree before they attacked are not in my favor. I should get up, move around, and work the stiffness from my limbs. But instead I sit, as motionless as the rock beneath me, while the dawn begins to lighten the woods. I can’t fight the sun. I can only watch helplessly as it drags me into a day that I’ve been dreading for months.
By noon they will all be at my new house in the Victor’s Village. The reporters, the camera crews, even Effie Trinket, my old escort, will have made their way to District 12 from the Capitol. I wonder if Effie will still be wearing that silly pink wig, or if she’ll be sporting some other unnatural color especially for the Victory Tour. There will be others waiting, too. A staff to cater to my every need on the long train trip. A prep team to beautify me for public appearances. My stylist and friend, Cinna, who designed the gorgeous outfits that first made the audience take notice of me in the Hunger Games.
If it were up to me, I would try to forget the Hunger Games entirely. Never speak of them. Pretend they were nothing but a bad dream. But the Victory Tour makes that impossible. Strategically placed almost midway between the annual Games, it is the Capitol’s way of keeping the horror fresh and immediate. Not only are we in the districts forced to remember the iron grip of the Capitol’s power each year, we are forced to celebrate it. And this year, I am one of the stars of the show. I will have to travel from district to district, to stand before the cheering crowds who secretly loathe me, to look down into the faces of the families whose children I have killed. . . .
The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand. All my joints complain and my left leg has been asleep for so long that it takes several minutes of pacing to bring the feeling back into it. I’ve been in the woods three hours, but as I’ve made no real attempt at hunting, I have nothing to show for it. It doesn’t matter for my mother and little sister,
Prim, anymore. They can afford to buy butcher meat in town, although none of us likes it any better than fresh game. But my best friend, Gale Hawthorne, and his family will be depending on today’s haul and I can’t let them down. I start the hour-and-a-half trek it will take to cover our snare line. Back when we were in school, we had time in the afternoons to check the line and hunt and gather and still get back to trade in town. But now that Gale has gone to work in the coal mines and I have nothing to do all day Ñ I’ve taken over the job.
Copyright © 2009 by Suzanne Collins
In Catching Fire, book two of The Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins tests Katniss Everdeen more than ever, surprising readers at every turn.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. But though she has returned to her family in District 12, nothing is as it used to be. Her best friend, Gale, holds her at an icy distance. Fellow tribute Peeta Mellark has turned his back on her. And there are rumors of uprisings against the Capitol—a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped ignite.
As the young champions visit each district in turn on their Victory Tour, the Capitol tightens its iron grip. Soon, Katniss and Peeta are swept up in a tide of rebellion and shocking events that could bring doom to those they love best.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. ( September 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-858588
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.0inches
Product Weight: 16.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Reviewer: crystal b
The awful situations are so redeemed by the resilient and clever characters! It does end in such a way that you are made to read the third book - kind of a cheap device!
Stretch on ending like the author got bored and gcouldn't figure out to end the book. The third books is worse with special traps/hazards rather than plot development. If it had been the first book, it would have been the last!
Love the first book. Great story, great characters. This story was boring in the beginning leading to a very predictable theme and ending.
Not as good as the first one. Anxious to start the 3rd one though. Characters were very well developed, plan to see the movie next