(Finished December 20, 2011)
Yes, #2 took me three days to read. This took me 11. Why? It is my least favorite of the Hunger Games books. And I can’t really pinpoint exactly why. I think it just felt like it dragged on forever…and then when the end finally came it was over in a wink. The ending was predictable too.
So at the end of book two, Katniss has just blown up games, basically. But she finds out it was all planned. She’s picked up on the playing field and transported to the infamous DISTRICT 13, which, of course, does exist. (How could it not?)
Turns out 13 has been plotting and biding its time — waiting for a chance to take attack Panem. Katniss has given them this chance. The other districts are rioting against the Capitol. 13 sees its opportunity.
Oh, I forgot to mention. Peeta was captured by the Capitol and has been trained to hate Katniss. So that makes things interesting when they go on a mission to save him.
With Katniss as the “GIRL ON FIRE” — the face of the rebellion — things go crazy fast. Fights, angst. And then Katniss and Peeta and Gale are in the Capitol running from scary rat creatures.
In the end, of course, 13 and the districts defeat Panem. Life goes back to “normal”. And Katniss, speaking from 15 years in the future explains why she did end up with Peeta.
(Felt a little J.K. Rowling-at-the-end-of-HP to me.)