1. What did you think about Gale and Katniss’ relationship after the games?
In all honesty, I never liked Gale. I didn’t feel I knew him well enough from the first book, so I was rather irked that Katniss was upset with how he was acting at the beginning of Book 2. It’s probably just me, but I felt that if he’d had feelings before, he should have told her before she left for the Games. Since he didn’t, he really did not have much of a right to act all mad and stinky about what occurred during the Games because she didn’t know that it was upsetting him. I was glad Gale did most of his annoyance and anger in silence, though.
2. As you read, what did you think Katniss’ feelings were toward Peeta? Gale?
I think Katniss felt obligated to Peeta. That she felt she would forever owe him for many things. While that may be true, it’s no foundation for love. And I felt that what she felt for Gale was confusion overall with what was going on and guilt that things weren’t how they used to be. Also a bit of owing him for how he took care of her family. Again—none of that is a foundation for love either. Yes. I know I’m harsh on Katniss. But that’s because I knew what I wanted and was so angry that I just couldn’t step in and treat Peeta as he deserved. (And if there are any Gale supporters out there, don’t you wish you could have pushed Katniss aside and treated Gale as he deserved?)
3. What were you thinking/feeling when President Snow was in her house?
My main thought was “How dare he come into her home!” The underlying thought from that was “This man is creepy.” My overall feeling was “uh oh.”
4. What did you think about the Victory Tour?
It was interesting to get a glimpse of the other districts. I was saddened about the engagement farce, for Peeta’s sake. I was a bit torn on the whole nightmare-Peeta-holding-Katniss part. I mean, it was sweet and showed just how much Katniss needed Peeta after this life-altering experience. But I struggled with the close proximity of this unmarried couple and couldn’t get beyond how I felt something about it was wrong. Yep—I’m that strict in my personal standards. Why else do you think I hate the 3rd Twilight book?
5. Did you figure out Plutarch’s part?
I had my guesses as soon as he showed the ring that he was on Katniss’ side. But I wasn’t sure just what the part was that he was playing.
6. What were your thoughts about the ending?
“Oh. My. Gosh.” I couldn’t believe it about District 12. It was such a twist and a shock to me. The end of the Games was sudden and fast, and I had to listen to it twice to fully comprehend what happened.