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Catching Fire

Back to the Arena

by: Shelby Mitchell/News and Opinions Editor 


Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, left), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence, right) in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
photo courtesy of Hunger Games Movie Website; photo by Murry Close

After she survives the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen must survive what comes next: a budding war. A new symbol of hope for the Districts, she and Peeta Mellark must prepare to tour the Districts on their Victory Tour, but instead of relief of their survival, Katniss finds only other challenges. Peeta and Gale both turn cold when she needsthem most, and inklings of rebellion begin setting into the Districts. She faces Posttraumatic Stress and tries to find ways to deal with it. She is threatened to extinguish the sparks she has caused, to stop the rebellion before it starts or suffer the consequences. She fears for the lives of her family and friends, but she also witnesses the pain and suffering in the Districts and finds support in them – support against the Capitol. Then, the unthinkable happens – in “celebration” of the 75th annual Hunger Games, there is a twist: the competitors will be picked from the pool of past victors of the previous Hunger Games. As District 12 has only ever seen three victors, this brings one certainty: Katniss and Peeta must compete again. This time, they will not be competing against other children – they fight against the professionals. Katniss is faced with more than she can handle before the Games even begin, and when she is thrown in, it is a whole new ballgame from the previous year. The arena itself is a puzzle to be solved, as are the unlikely alliances that arise. Katniss will find herself unprepared for what is to come – and the journey is not even near over when she finds herself back in the arena. With rebellion rising and Katniss back in the arena, one thing is certain – fire is catching, and Katniss is the spark.

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