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EVERYDAY this week, Mayra & I will post a breakdown for the remaining chapters in the book. Join us as we continue to count down the days until the official release of the film on Friday, March, 23rd.
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May the odds be ever in your favor.
”I stare at Peeta in disbelief as the truth sinks in. They never intended to let us both live. This has all been devised by the Gamemakers to guarantee the most dramatic showdown in history. And like a fool, I bought into it.”
Pg.331 Cato is running for his life. Katniss no doubt runs as well. The Capitol has generated some weird wolf-like mutations and they are beyond deadly. Cato climbs on the horn of the Cornucopia, with Katniss and Peeta soon to follow.
Pg.333-334 As the mutants are snapping away at our tributes, Katniss notices the eyes of one particular wolf. They are mistakenly human. And that revelation has barely registered when I notice the collar with the number 1 inlaid with jewels and the whole horrible thing hits me. The blonde hair, the green eyes, the number…it’s Glimmer. After Katniss fires an arrow into Glimmer’s throat she begins to notice the entire pack. The small one with the red coat and amber eyes…Foxface! And worst of all. The smallest mutt, with the dark glossy fur, huge brown eyes and a collar that reads 11, in woven straw. Teeth bared in hatred. Rue… “What is it, Katniss?” Peeta shakes my shoulders. “It’s them. It’s all of them. The others. Rue and Foxface and… all of the other tributes.” I hear Peeta’s gasp of recognition. “What did they do to them?”
Pg.335-336 In all this chaos Cato manages to get a hold of Peeta…and it’s not good. Cato has Peeta in a headlock, cutting off his air supply. Cato is wearing some sort of body armor, so Katniss’ arrows will not penetrate it; however his face is not protected. Cato just laughs. “Shoot me and he goes down with me.” Peeta’s lips are turning blue. As if in a last-ditch effort, Peeta raises his fingers, dripping with blood from his leg, up to Cato’s arm. Instead of trying to wrestle his way free, his forefinger veers off and makes a deliberate X on the back of Cato’s hand. Cato realizes what it means exactly one second after I do. But it’s one second too late because by that time, my arrow is piercing his hand. Cato loses his footing on the blood-slick horn and plummets to the ground.
Pg.340-341 Katniss and Peeta are forced to spend the rest of the night at the Cornucopia and listen to the mutants kill Cato slowly. It’s just all really bizarre and sadistic, but the Gamemakers want to put on a great show! The weather turning bitterly cold and Peeta once again has a new injury when a mutant tried to bite off his leg. Peeta is bleeding all over the place and his life is slowly slipping away. Katniss keeps Peeta awake, barely and alive throughout the night. All night long they’ve had to listen to the torture that Cato has endured at the hands of these mutant wolves. Finally Peeta asks Katniss to shoot Cato. It takes a few minutes to find Cato in the dim light, in the blood. Then the raw hunk of meat that used to be my enemy makes a sound, and I know where his mouth is. And I think the word he is trying to say is please. Pity, not vengeance, sends my arrow flying into his skull. Peeta pulls me back up, bow in hand, quiver empty. “Did you get him?” Then the cannon fires in answer. “Then we won Katniss,” he says hollowly. “Hurray for us,” I get out but there’s no joy of victory in my voice.
Pg.342-345 This chapter ends on the craziest note…ever. After the mutants disappear into the ground, Cato’s body is still waiting on the hovercraft. The Tributes make their way back to lake. Claudius Templesmith’s voice booms into the area. “Greetings to the final contestants of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games. The earlier revision has been revoked. Closer examination of the rule book has disclosed that only one winner may be allowed. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.” “If you think about it, it’s not that surprising,” he says softly. I watch as he painfully makes it to his feet. Then he’s moving toward me, as if in slow motion, his hand is pulling the knife from his belt- Before I am even aware of my actions, my bow is loaded with the arrow pointed straight at his heart. Peeta raises his eyebrows and I see the knife has already left his hand on its way to the lake where it splashes in the water. I drop my weapons and take a step back, my face burning in what can only be shame. “No, do it.” Peeta limps toward me and thrusts the weapons back in my hands. “I can’t, I won’t.” “Do it. Before they send those mutts back or something. I don’t want to die like Cato,” he says. “Then you shoot me. You shoot me and go home and live with it!” “You know I can’t. Fine I’ll go first anyway.” He leans down and rips the bandage off his leg. “No, you can’t kill yourself.” I say. I’m on my knees, desperately plastering the bandage back onto his wound. “You’re not leaving me here alone.” I say. My fingers fumble with the pouch on my belt, freeing it. “No, I won’t let you.” “Trust me,” I whisper. I loosen the top of the pouch and pour a few spoonfuls of berries into his palm. Then I fill my own. “On the count of three?” Peeta leans down and kisses me once, very gently. We stand, our backs pressed together, our empty hands locked tight. I lift my hand to my mouth, taking one last look at the world. The berries have just passed my lips when the trumpets begin to blare. The frantic voice of Claudius Templesmith shouts above them.
*Okay, these games are about to make me have a heart attack! What’s with the flip flopping of the rules? And our little tributes had the nightlock berries IN THEIR MOUTHS!! I swear I couldn’t breathe after reading that. I could say poor Cato, but I won’t. He caused plenty of chaos in the arena he is lucky Katniss ended his suffering. As far as the mutants if someone could explain what in the world that was? And yes again I did not trust Peeta. Like Katniss I too thought he was going to stab her at the lake..sorry.
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