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The Hunger Games Chapters 25-27

February 19, 2014

The end is nigh.  Winter is coming.  It is the end of the 74th Hunger Games.

Chapter 25
berriesMuttations… Yeah, I can’t take that word seriously.
Ok, so the mutts don’t actually have the faces of the other tributes.  They’ve got the eyes and the coloring.  They’re, presumably, made from the DNA of the dead tributes, but that’s not quite the same thing.
Well, this chapter is terrible.  Cato slowly dying, Peeta bleeding, Katniss freezing.
Ah, ok.  So, A) the Capitol is a terrible place.  And B) I wasn’t entirely wrong about them gaming the system so they could both make it out.
They beat the Capitol with berries.  That’s kind of awesome.  Although, honestly, I’m sort of surprised they don’t just let Peeta die of his injuries.

Chapter 26
They give her orange juice.  Somehow, that seems absurd to me.  Maybe I’ve read too many Elizabeth Peters books, but they should obviously be giving her tea.
They fixed her hearing.  Huh.  I didn’t expect that.
They’re also healing her scars.  I didn’t expect that either.  But, I suppose the victors are close enough to being part of the Capitol that they have to look as perfect as possible.
Is it strange that I find the idea of a full body polish almost as much of a violation as the games themselves?  Probably.  Most people wouldn’t want their scars, especially the ones from the games.  But all the little nicks and scrapes from her whole life are gone now.  I don’t know that I’d recognize my hand without the scar from the IV for my tonsilectomy.  I don’t remember what my knee looks like without the big scar under it.  Or the tiny one under my eyebrow.  They’re part of me.  Also, I have tattoos.  I got those on purpose.  No one has the right to take all of that off me.  Katniss doesn’t seem entirely bothered right now, but she’s also a little bit in shock, I think.

And again, I'm liking the simple gown in the book better than the more sophisticated look in the movie.  And why is Peeta in blue?

And again, I’m liking the simple gown in the book better than the more sophisticated look in the movie. And why is Peeta in blue?

And then I turn the page and find out that they wanted to give her a breast augmentation while she was out.  Wow…
Cinna’s dreaminess finally shows that there is depth and calculation under it.  But, he still seems to be pretty much on Katniss’s side.
Is it just me, or is the Capitol like that idiot bully from every teen movie ever?  He thinks someone is laughing at him and so he has to find a victim to take his anger out on?
And, Haymitch has just confirmed for Katniss that Peeta is in love with her and she still doesn’t really get it.
“And right now, the most dangerous part of the Hunger Games is about to begin.”  And you have fourteen pages left.  Have fun!

Chapter 27
crownPeeta is still hurt, but Katniss is in better shape than she’s ever been?  On purpose, you think?  What am I saying, of course it’s on purpose.  The capitol can build dogs out of dead tributes, I’m pretty sure they can fix Peeta’s leg.
Poor Caesar Flickerman.  I’ve had those moments on stage where someone just refuses to go on with the scene.
I honestly can’t think of anything worse than having to watch the highlights of the Hunger Games after getting out of there.
President Snow is scary.
Oh, Peeta lost his leg.  That makes slightly more sense now.
Poor Peeta.  I’m pretty sure the moment beside the tracks with Katniss is worse than when he woke up and found out he was missing a leg.
Obviously, Gale is barely a character for me at this point, but I find it a little odd that Katniss went from ‘nope, no romantic feelings for Gale. Nope, nope, nope.’ to ‘I just don’t know what to do.’  Nothing with Gale has changed, and yes, maybe facing death made her realize feelings that were already there, but that doesn’t quite work for me.

I’ll do my final thoughts tomorrow.

Also, things you discover from tumblr:

So this guy

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is this guy

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and this girl

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is this girl

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Mr Bennet sent his own daughter to The Hunger Games.
Twice.

This was put together by returnmysanity on tumblr.

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