Mark Reads ‘The Hunger Games’: Chapter 19

In the nineteenth chapter of The Hunger Games, the weight of the news of the rule change in the Games motivates her to take a new direction in the competition, seeking out Peeta in order to win with him along her side. That proves easier said than done. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to read The Hunger Games.

Well, this is not what I expected.

I thought this entire story was building up to a moment where Katniss would watch Peeta die or be forced to kill him herself. That discerning moment would be something to frame the rest of the series, or at least the rest of the next book. Like Rue, Peeta seemed destined for death. It was too good to be true to have him end up alive after all this, but now the Game has changed in a way I would never, ever have considered. Peeta can survive??? Oh, now a new thought just popped into my head: what if he makes it to the near end AND GETS KILLED ANYWAY. Oh god, this is actually kind of exciting.

The star-crossed lovers…Peeta must have been playing that angle all along. Why else would the Gamemakers have made this unprecedented change in the rules? For two tributes have a shot at winning, our “romance” must be so popular with the audience that condemning it would jeopardize the success of the Games.

I don’t know what the insinuation is here, but is there a hint that somehow Peeta knew there might be a chance this rule could have even been a possibility? I don’t know…why else would Peeta play up the star-crossed lovers role?

I am intrigued.

This leaves a few key people: Foxface, who is a sneaky badass and I wish she wouldn’t die so she can continue to hide in the bushes and laugh at everyone. Thresh is still around but WHERE THE HELL HAS HE BEEN. No, really, is he also hiding in the bushes behind Foxface. Like what on earth has he been doing for hundreds of pages. Secret weapon maybe? Or maybe he’s waiting until the last minute and he’ll kill Katniss and book two will suddenly switch to his point of view. HOW EDGY WOULD THAT BE.

I shouldn’t write words.

Moving on. The only other two people left are Cato and the girl from District 2, who will inevitably work together to OPPRESS EVERYONE ELSE. I don’t like Cato. He’ll hopefully get beheaded. Right??? That would be pretty awesome, I think. Maybe the Gamemakers have a special weapon that allows the earth to open up and eat people? Look, I don’t think you guys understand my deep desire to see this happen in some form of fiction of film. Way to disappointment me, Suzanne Collins.

The next day (HOW DOES KATNISS SLEEP AT ALL DURING THIS), she heads off to find Peeta. Realizing that his injuries must be serious from Cato’s sword and the tracker jackers, Katniss heads to find a water source. It’s the only way he could have survived all this time alone. The lake is not a good choice, the pools are too stagnant, so she knows the stream is the only place he can be. There, she finds evidence that he was there: blood stains on the rocks alongside the stream.


“You here to finish me off, sweetheart?”

I whip around. It’s come from the left, so I can’t pick it up very well. And the voice was hoarse and weak. Still, it must have been Peeta. Who else in the arena would call me sweetheart? My eyes peruse the bank, but there’s nothing. Just mud, the plants, the base of the rocks.

“Peeta?” I whisper. “Where are you?” There’s no answer. Could I just have imagined it? No, I’m certain it was real and very close at hand, too. “Peeta?” I creep along the bank.

“Well, don’t step on me.”


I jump back. His voice was right under my feel. Still there’s nothing. Then his eyes open, unmistakably blue in the brown mud and green leaves. I gasp and am rewarded with a hint of white teeth as he laughs.

It’s the final word in camouflage. Forget chucking weights around. Peeta should have gone into his private session with the Gamemakers and painted himself into a tree. Or a boulder. Or a muddy bank full of weeds.

THIS IS SERIOUSLY FANTASTIC. Possibly the best thing in the entire book. Oh my god, Peeta is AMAZING. And get this: he learned all this from decorating cakes. Like, it’s so absurd and sensational and I don’t even care. It is goddamn wonderful.

Peeta smiles. “Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying.”

Collins high-fived Jesus after writing this line and he most certainly high-fived back.

Katniss goes about helping Peeta out of the mud and cleaning him and his…wound. Oh, his wound. He’s caked thick in mud, so badly that getting his clothes off is an exercise in and of itself. But she does manage to do what she can and then she slides his pants off in the least romantic way possible and OH GOD WHAT.

I can see the tear Cato’s sword made in the fabric over his thigh, but it in no way prepares me for what lies underneath. The deep inflamed gash oozing both blood and pus. The swelling of the leg. And worst of all, the smell of festering flesh.

YEAH, NO THANK YOU. Like, how is she going to heal this, if at all? The burn medicine isn’t going to work and neither are the leaves Rue gave her. (They do end up helping with some of the pus, but it’s still not going to heal the leg.)

I do like the interplay between the two characters, who realize they don’t need to kill each other anymore. And even if they jokes are particularly fantastic, it’s nice to have SOME dialogue. Like…Rue was the first bit of actual speech we’d read in a good while.

Katniss keeps Peeta talking to distract him from the gravity of the situation: he’s malnourished and his leg is, for lack of a better phrase, fucked up. She can’t even get him far down the stream to find a good place to hide. They duck into an outcropping of rocks that form a sort of cave. But the situation is far more grim than she expected.

His forehead’s burning up. Like the medicine’s having no effect at all. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I’m scared he’s going to die.

Actually…I get what Collins means, but isn’t that the exact opposite meaning of “out of nowhere”? Like…he has a high fever from the infection. Logically, the fear of death seems pretty reasonable, so it doesn’t come out of nowhere. Right?

Still, it’s an unsettling thought for Katniss, who is woefully ignorant in this area. And Peeta knows she feels this way and tries to tell her about what she should do if he dies.

Impulsively, I lean forward and kiss him, stopping his words. This is probably overdue since he’s right, we are supposed to be madly in love. It’s the first time I’ve ever kissed a boy, which should make some sort of impression I guess, but all I can register is how unnaturally hot his lips are from the fever.

Well, that’s certainly the worst first kiss story of all time, right? I’m sure it’s worse than yours. BRING IT IF IT’S NOT.

Romance bores me. Is it ok if I say that? I generally don’t really care about it, so I do like that this isn’t really played up as this huge emotional moment. (Well, for Katniss. I feel like Peeta was totally stoked.)

I step out in the cool evening air just as the parachute floats down from the sky. My fingers quickly undo the tie, hoping for some real medicine to treat Peeta’s leg. Instead I find a pot of hot broth.

REALLY HAYMITCH. What the hell are they supposed to do with that?

Haymitch couldn’t be sending me a clearer message. One kiss equals one pot of broth. I can almost hear his snarl. “You’re supposed to be in love, sweetheart. The boy’s dying. Give me something I can work with!”

Haymitch, you are so charming.

“Peeta” I say, trying for the special tone that my mother used only with my father. He’s dozed off again, but I kiss him awake, which seems to startle him. Then he smiles as if he’d be happy to lie there gazing at me forever. He’s great at this stuff.

Because he’s not faking it?

I am not too excited to spend chapters with Peeta hitting on Katniss and meaning it while she proves to be completely oblivious to it all. Oh well. Can we get back to Murder Fest 2057?

About Mark Oshiro

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414 Responses to Mark Reads ‘The Hunger Games’: Chapter 19

  1. alwayssilverdoe says:

    Just gotta say that Katniss + Peeta = Best Portmanteau Couple Name ever…. Peeniss lol

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  2. DameDallas says:

    Peeta smiles. "Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying."
    Well, someone needs a sense of humor in this mess.

    The deep inflamed gash oozing both blood and pus.
    Ugh. 'Pus' is the WORST word in the English language.
    Think about it – pus.

    Collins is way too good a writer. I'm so grossd out over Peeta's leg. She does not skimp on the EWWW.

    I try to capture the calm demeanor my mother assumes when handling particularly bad cases.
    Again, I love that Katniss draws strength from thinking about her mom and Prim.

    Peeta is trying to MACK HARD, you guys!

    Is it sad that the second Katniss kissed Peeta I thought, "Oh no! Gale is probably watching!"?

    "You're supposed to be in love, sweetheart. Give me something I can work with!"
    Oh, goodness, is she going to have sex with him in the cave? This is supposed to be YA, Collins!

    Argh, stupid cliffhangers!

  3. Catryona says:

    "I am not too excited to spend chapters with Peeta hitting on Katniss and meaning it while she proves to be completely oblivious to it all."

    I am in complete agreement with you here. I love Katniss, but her seeming inability to imagine that the motives of others could be anything but self-interest grates on me. I suppose it's because of her upbringing (or lack thereof) or … something psychological like that. =/

    • ldwy says:

      Same here. And I know it will happen. It's already started.

      Then he smiles as if he’d be happy to lie there gazing at me forever. He’s great at this stuff.
      Because he’s not faking it?

      Seriously, everyone in this book except Katniss knows he's not faking it, and has known he's not faking it. For a long while now. Sure, maybe he's being wily playing it up for the cameras, but it's not fake.

  4. Ugh thinking about Peeta's leg just makes me want to gag. I don't handle wounds well and just imaging this swollen oozy gash just HFJDGHKGHDKJ gross.

    • ldwy says:

      Personally, I'm surprised he's not already dead. It must have missed the artery, or he'd already be bled out…but yes, I am truly worried. Katniss isn't a healer and it sounds like even a true healer wouldn't be enough in this case! What will happen to Peeta? He just got back in the game. Collins sure did a good job with her description, though, I was appropriately disgusted.

  5. Maggie says:

    Actually…I get what Collins means, but isn’t that the exact opposite meaning of “out of nowhere”? Like…he has a high fever from the infection. Logically, the fear of death seems pretty reasonable, so it doesn’t come out of nowhere. Right?

    Yeah, but she has been resigned to (if not actively planning) Peeta's death, so I think it's reasonable for her concern that he might die to be a radical shift of thought for her.

    • tethysdust says:

      Hm, that does make more sense. So it wasn't actually the thought that he might die that was "out of nowhere" but the FEAR that he might die.

    • erin says:

      I think it is more a surprise because she let herself believe that they could both live, and now she has to accept that Peeta will probably die anyways. Just because the rules changed isn't a guarantee that they will both make it and she has to not only accept that, but understand that she can't save him. His wounds are beyond her skill and resources.

    • Kelly L. says:

      Right, that was what my interpretation was. The feeling of fear came out of nowhere for Katniss, because up until that point, she'd kind of wanted him dead herself and/or expected him to die. Then she suddenly found herself sort of attached…

  6. Maddi says:

    “You’re supposed to be in love, sweetheart. The boy’s dying. Give me something I can work with!”

    That would be the moment I fell in love with Haymitch. And he's not even really there!

  7. CINNAmon says:

    "Or maybe he’s waiting until the last minute and he’ll kill Katniss and book two will suddenly switch to his point of view. HOW EDGY WOULD THAT BE."

    Not gonna lie, that would actually be so cool. I wish there was a series like that. Is there?

    Peeta smiles. "Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying."
    "Collins high-fived Jesus after writing this line and he most certainly high-fived back."


    • Andrew says:

      Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. Amazing (although I was probably about 12 when I read them). Read them all now.

      • Andrew says:

        I also recommend this series for consideration as a future Mark Reads 🙂

        • CINNAmon says:

          I just googled it and it looks interesting. I WILL READ. Thanks!

          • Andrew says:

            It was originally a trilogy and when she announced the fourth I was like "Woah woah woah, cashing in are we?" But, the fourth book was so brilliant in tying up all the loose ends and making the other three feel worthwhile.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      There's a movie I've seen that does that, called Martyrs, that's good through the first character, but once it shifts to character two, it turns into MISOGYNY BEATDOWN 101 and it's really disturbing and uncomfortable. I wouldn't watch it.

      Anyone know of anything else?

      • Miss_Connell says:

        If I recall correctly Brave New World goes through a major perspective flip part of the way through, but that's not due to death…*wants to say more, but does not want to spoil because it's a good book*

        • TyBlack says:

          Oh that book. That shift always bothered me in the same way as the ending of 1984 did because of the "resolution" of it. But it is hard to explain without spoilers.

      • monkeybutter says:

        Breaking Dawn switches to Jacob after Bella gets knocked up, because pregnant Bella is even more boring than usual. Once the little parasite is gone, her thoughts and opinions are apparently worth sharing again.

        Oh, Martyrs. Pretty much the definition of torture porn, because I don't know what else you're supposed to get from that (torturing people into dissociative states is good for the soul?).

        • exbestfriend says:

          I'm against burning books, but Breaking Dawn makes me question that belief. There may not be a book I want destroyed more than Breaking Dawn in this world. It's existence makes me angry.

          Sorry, I just had to sit through a lunch where, yet again, my friends tried to convince me that Bella belongs with Jacob and neither of them should just fall off a cliff, which was my suggestion.

          • Yusra says:

            Jacob, was, in my humble opinion, the only worthwhile character in the book. I mean, he stayed pretty much in character the whole time. (stupidly in love with Bella.) Of course, that was until Renesmee *gags*

            • erin says:

              If we don't include the part where he rape-kisses Bella for no particular reason.

              After Eclipse ruined Jacob for me, though, I actually fell in love with Leah as a character. She had so much potential and in the end nothing came of it. WHY IS SMEYER ONLY CAPABLE OF CREATING INTERESTING CHARACTERS BY ACCIDENT. And then she doesn't do anything with them!?! Ugh! Excuse me while I go bash my head against the wall in frustration.

              • Yusra says:

                Meh. It was still in character. Cause Jacob's not supposed to be bright, just wonderfully good-looking. -_-

                Leah annoyed me, buy you're right, she was interesting.
                Please don't bash your head against a wall because of Twilight. There are far more reasonable reasons.

            • exbestfriend says:

              Let us pretend that the first three books made sense, before the werewolf falls in love with a baby, would you really subject Jacob to Bella? Personally I think *my* life would be better if it had never been subjected to Bella, but can you ever really respect someone who is in love with a terrible person? Even if I liked Jacob, his obsession with Bella would have killed it for me.

              • Yusra says:

                I don't think Jacob could help falling in love with Bella. She's just so irresistible.

                [but then again, that's SMeyer's fault, not Jacobs, falling in love with Bella wasn't his choice (that it became his lifetime ambition has to do with his stubbornness)]

                I can't believe this is the 2nd time in 2 weeks that I'm defending Twilight. Something's obviously wrong with me. (and I've already defended Voldy earlier this week. Next, I'll be calling for a Hunger Games)

                Disclaimer: Bits of this are supposed to be sarcastic, I'm not entirely sure which ones are such myself…

          • lyvanna says:

            Well done for getting to Breaking Dawn, I only managed the 1st book because I felt I couldn't mock otherwise… even then I wanted brain bleach.

            Jacob seemed like an alright character to me until I read somewhere that he was based on SMeyer's brother who she had confusing feelings about. I already read her wet dream about sparkly Edward but that was a little too icky.

            • exbestfriend says:

              Look, I am one of those idiots who dares herself to do stupid shit and will not back down until finishing. It is not my best quality.

              How is it possible for books to get worse AFTER reading them?? Her brother? Eww.

      • liliaeth says:

        there's a Thea Beckman book that has one char as the lead in the first half, and switches over to said character's fosterson's perspective in the second half.

    • girlthethird says:

      'The Demon's Lexicon' trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan! Each book is from the point of view of a different character but the plot still advances so it's not like a 'Rashomon' / 'Vantage Point' type deal. It's also hilariously good and has fully realised male and female characters. And it deals with ableism and homophobia! And has magicians and demons!

    • spectralbovine says:

      I did read a book this year, the first in a trilogy, which was told in first-person past tense…and the main character died. Completely took me by surprise. (So, unfortunately, I can't tell you what book it was. But it does happen!)

      I, too, was wondering whether Collins was so sadistic and ballsy as to kill off Katniss and switch narrators. Especially since it's PRESENT tense. She can totally die, and we can be right there with her! And then suddenly we get Haymitch, who's all "I don't shed a tear for the girl on fire. There's drinking to be done."

    • aguest says:

      this is everything i wanted to put into a comment and you beat me to it. well done.
      also, i really like your username too.

    • hazelwillow says:

      Not sure about the book, but the BBC movie "Fingersmith" (I think it's a mini-series actually, has two parts, quite good) is WHAT YOU SHOULD WATCH IF YOU WANT THE PERSPECTIVE SWITCH.

      It's a good story, too.

    • John_Wayne1708 says:

      Have you read "A song of Ice and fire" series? George R R Martin is not afraid to kill off main characters, even THE main character. And basically every couple of chapters there is a change in POV.

    • Maddi says:

      Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth– to say more would be pretty spoilery, but suffice to say the narrator changes between the first two books, stays the same for second and third books, and bounces around in the fourth book. They're really good books, too.

  8. elusivebreath says:

    BRACES. Enough said.

  9. theupsides says:

    If Peeta wasn't already the most endearing character in the book, this chapter seals the deal. Team Peeta.

  10. pennylane27 says:

    YAY PEETA IS BACK! Oh wait, he's fucking dying from an infected leg THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING. I do not like infections. Blood I can deal with. Infected, pus-filled flesh is too much for me. This is even worse than the burns.

    But let's focus on the good bits, like Peeta's awesome camouflaging skills. Katniss is right, if he had shown the Gamemakers what he could do with a bit of mud and leaves he'd have got at least a 10. And in case you haven't noticed, I am deeply in love with this boy.

    I like how the romance is not real for Katniss, while we can totally tell that for Peeta it is. Man, Katniss is really clueless.

    • liliaeth says:

      I love how the roles are switched around. Katniss behaves pretty much like the male protagonist would in most books, and Peeta gets the role of the female love interest. It's an interesting role reversal which is the point where I really fell for the book.

  11. monkeybutter says:

    Sorry, I love Haymitch. All imagined conversations with him are A+. I wonder how similar the Capitol's reaction is to romance detracting from Murder Fest (YES). Focus group from hell. But I also prefer the action chapters, so I've really got no room to talk.

  12. Treasure Cat says:

    I shouldn’t write words.
    Ok, cool, we can work with this. I'm thinking 'Mark reads The Hunger Games: presented via the medium of interpretive dance'. Y/y/y? 😀

    From what she has presented so far in this book, Im not keen on Collins writing ~romance~ type stuff. It's so…awkward. She should stick to the blood and death. That being said, Peeta being around again brings all the joy. Heart Peeta. And clearly he should win because he can frosting all the other tributes to death. Katniss' bow and arrows? Umm no, he has mad pastry skillz tyvm.

  13. Shanella says:

    "Suddenly, out of nowhere, I’m scared he’s going to die."

    When I read that, I thought that the suddenness of it was brought about by the reality of knowing that Peeta might actually die and that realisation brought more fear to her than she thought it would – given the nature of the games, not that she loves him.

    "I am not too excited to spend chapters with Peeta hitting on Katniss and meaning it while she proves to be completely oblivious to it all."
    I hear what you say here, and it's sorta surprising to me that Katniss seems to clueless. There is just something wrong with this picture.

    • Castlejune says:

      Sadly, 16 year olds are often completely clueless. Its a condition.

      • Shanella says:

        I'm not sure her being 16 is THE reason for the cluelessness. She seems smarter than that, I mean, she can figure out what Haymitch wants by the things he sends/doesn't send, so she seems to have a good head on her shoulder.

    • Clare says:

      Not all teenage girls are intuitive about peoples feelings. That's a stereotype.

  14. theffectshecanhave says:

    sorry, but for some reason i can't imagine peeta.. hitting.. on katniss. xD
    he just isn't that type of guy.
    gale, on the other hand . .


  15. Kate Monster says:

    I don't mind the romance angle– I thought it was interestingly done, because at least she's not fawning over him in a sickening way. I was more enraged at the whole sexual-exploitation-equals-survival. Haymitch grosses me the fuck out forever, though I guess it can be argued that he's just playing the game the way it needs to be played. But still. Blech.

    • theupsides says:

      I agree with this comment.

      • Kate Monster says:

        I just think it's such a problematic thing to include. I've thought about it a lot, and I really can't determine if it was unintentional on Collins' part, or if it's leading back to her whole social commentary on the barbaric nature of the Games and the Capitol, etc. etc. etc.

    • DameDallas says:

      Yeah, I didn't mind it either. I mean, we knew it was going to come up (twss), the audience has been craving it, and to put you at ease, if you hate all of the romantic stuff, there is a wounded, grossed out, infected leg for you.
      So win/win everywhere, I guess.

    • CINNAmon says:

      It's kind of unsettling, what Haymitch does, but he's only trying to keep Katniss and Peeta alive.

    • Karen says:

      I was more enraged at the whole sexual-exploitation-equals-survival. Haymitch grosses me the fuck out forever, though I guess it can be argued that he's just playing the game the way it needs to be played.
      I don't think Haymitch is sitting up in Mentor Land perving over this. I think he just sees this as the most effective way of manipulating the Capitol to gain more sponsors. I definitely think that he's just playing the Game. The Capitol is the one with all the power. All that anybody can do is try to work the game to your best advantage.

    • exbestfriend says:

      Katniss playing house and trying to be all lovey-dovey is creepy, but it isn't like Haymitch sent a note telling her to do this. If there had been a note saying "MOAR UNDRAGE SEXY TIMES PLEEZ" I would consider it Haymitch's idea, but this is ALL Katniss. Being creepy. Making out with pus-y people.

      • Kate Monster says:

        I desperately want the above quote to be one of Marie_Goos's comics.

        Anyway, I dunno, I think it's the only avenue that Haymitch has explored, which is problematic to me. I think he saw one thing that would work, and because he's not used to do ANY work for his tributes, he seized the opportunity to call it a day and drink until his liver explodes. But I am WELL AWARE that this is my prejudice for Haymitch doing most of the talking and I am probably not giving him enough credit. Alas.

    • notemily says:

      I think this is just another one of the ways that the Hunger Games sucks. I'm just glad Katniss isn't all swoony about the situation like Bella Swan.

      • Kate Monster says:

        Yes, exactly! That's what I was referring to in my original comment when I said something about "at least it isn't sickeningly sweet". <3

  16. bell_erin_a says:

    PEEEEETTAAAAAA! I love this kid. And his mad frosting skills. Best skill in the games y/y?

    KATNISS, Y U SO BLIND? Also, Haymitch, never change.

    I was going to say, it's nice to have a bit of a break from blood and gore and death, but Peeta's leg. Ugh, NO THANKS.

    Edit: Haha, Mark, I just saw your "Foxface 2012, calling it now." I agree!

  17. corporatecake says:

    Peeta Mellark. Cake baker and secret badass.

    I also dislike gushy romances, and from these scenes, I get the impression that so does Collins. It's funny to read the sort of meta-commentary on them being romantic because they have to, as well as romance often being included in books or movies because it's a "requirement."

    Also, don't worry, Mark. This chapter is about as not-real as things get in this book.

  18. potlid007 says:

    Haymitch is, quite possibly, my favorite person in this book. Which is weird, because Katniss doesn't really paint him in a positive light, but he sort of reminds me of a cunning Hagrid…right? RIGHT?
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    Thanks, Lauren.

    I really hope this book doesn't turn into some bizzarre love story….i mean they haven't brushed their teeth in a couple of weeks, right? EW. can Haymitch send some gum or something??
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    • bell_erin_a says:

      i mean they haven't brushed their teeth in a couple of weeks, right? EW. can Haymitch send some gum or something??

      Oh, no. Worst first kiss just got even worse!

    • theupsides says:

      If there could be romance on LOST, there can be romance in The Hunger Games. I mean, they were on that island for months, with a smoke monster and Ben Linus coming after them.

      FYI, LOST is my favorite thing in life ever.

      • notemily says:

        Yeah, but on Lost they also had that magical thing where nobody ever grew a beard longer than a stubble and the women's armpits magically never needed shaving and what did they even do when they had a period, I ASK YOU. Also, Sun knew of that one plant that would brush your teeth, right?

    • cait0716 says:

      Haven't brushed their teeth in a couple of weeks? Somehow I get the impression that Katniss doesn't even know what toothpaste is. She enters her name in for the Hunger Games every year to get enough grain to make bread and goes hunting illegally to get enough food to survive. Things like soap and toothbrushes are unaffordable luxuries

      • corporatecake says:

        She does mention that she needs to trade the food that her family doesn't eat for things like oil and soap.

        And she mentions cleaning her teeth once.

        You have to wonder what she's cleaning them with though…

        • cait0716 says:

          Ah, I'd forgotten about that.

        • monkeybutter says:

          Friction is the important element. People used to chew on sticks and use the rough end to clean things before they had brushes. It's kind of like giving your dog rawhides or greenies to keep their teeth healthy. And her mom can probably whip up some paste when they're at home.

      • LadyLately says:

        My dad used to brush his teeth with baking soda and water, I think. Colgate even makes toothpaste that advertises with Arm&Hammer. Not that hard.

    • paulineparadise says:

      The red-haired girl in that last GIF reminded me of Lily Evans.

    • rowanlee says:

      I have nothing intelligent to say other than the gif of Karen Gillian and Matt Smith dancing like idiots is amazing.

      • qwopisinthemailbox says:

        i love when people post gifs/pictures of anything Doctor Who or with Matt Smith. BECAUSE I LOVE THEM BOTH.

    • LoonyLu says:

      So watching the supermegafoxyawesomehot Lauren/Draco made me think of A Very Potter Musical and…what my weird brain wondered what a Hunger Games musical would be like. But, it would probably all messed up and have musical numbers called "I Just Wanna Kill You" and "Oh Shit, I Almost Died". BUT PEETA WOULD TOTALLY BE AWESOME IN IT! 😀 😀 😀 Oh God, why did I put this in writing?

      • potlid007 says:

        haha omg best thing everr. i feel like it would probably be as bad as the new julie taymore spiderman musical, though.
        however, a musical just devoted to Peeta and his cake baking would be wonderful. "A Very Peeta Musical"

      • harbingeralice says:

        … I need this in my life. RIGHT NOW. I will finish the series and begin writing it. After I go pick up my musical talent in aisle Z of Walmart…

      • stellaaaaakris says:

        Every time I go back and read your musical number suggestions I start crying from laughter. Especially the "Oh Shit, I Almost Died." It would be the recurring Katniss theme. Cliffhanger! THANK YOU for this.

      • andreah1234 says:

        "Oh God, why did I put this in writing?"

        Oh, I don't know? Because it would be THE BEST THING EVER Y/Y/Y?

      • potlid007 says:

        "Gotta Get Back to District 12", "Katniss freakin' Everdeen", "The Capitol is Going Down", "Guys like Gale", "Haymitch Can't Walk", to name a few

        • bell_erin_a says:

          LOL, AVPM/AVPS always seem to be appropriate for everything, no? xD

          And "Haymitch Can't Walk" is a win.

        • Moonie says:

          Seeing as "Guys Like Potter" is amazing already, and I assume that the HG version would be sung by Peeta….
          …I need this in my life.

        • leenwitit says:

          Haymitch can't walk! Haymitch can't walk! Haymitch cannot walk!
          He only drinks booze and he cannot walk!
          Even if he's walking to get some more booze!

          You don't even have to change some of the names! "Let the Games Begin", I mean come on!

    • Cally_Black says:

      AVPM and Lauren Lopez FTW!!!!!

      Charlie and Hurely LOST GIF is also amazing!

    • notemily says:

      Dude that Hurley/Charlie gif is hot. Dominic Monaghan <3

  19. anamardoll says:

    May I just say that this is wonderful?

    I read the series earlier in the year and LOVED it, and now I've been following Mark's recap and it's superb. It's basically exactly what I was thinking when I read through for the first time, only much cooler and more infinitely packed with concentrated awesome.

    Srsly, this is great.

    Suddenly, out of nowhere, I’m scared he’s going to die.

    I *think* the "out of nowhere" is the "scared" part, not the "he's going to die" part. This is the first time she's considered seriously wanting him to live.

  20. tethysdust says:

    It's a good thing there's Magic Leaves in the future. I'm pretty sure if a wound gets to the point that the flesh is actually rotting, then you'd at least lose the leg, and probably die. (Any doctors around that can tell me if this is true or not?)

    Delirious, dying Peeta is so endearing and I want him to live. I sort of hate that Katniss hasn't even remembered that his wounds were basically because of her. She dropped the tracker jackers on top of him. The blade to his leg was sustained because he tried to warn her off. I was uneasy about Katniss having no guilt about killing a few people. I'm a bit more uneasy that she doesn't even feel any guilt about Peeta's predicament.

    • Mill says:

      I'm pretty sure if a wound gets to the point that the flesh is actually rotting, then you'd at least lose the leg, and probably die. (Any doctors around that can tell me if this is true or not?)

      Not-that-type-of-doctor Mill at your service ;D I work in hospitals and know a fair bit about biology and first-aidy-things, so…

      Depends a lot on the type of infection, the depth/breadth of the cut, and the location. Upper leg is bad because if it's deep enough the infection is going to get into the femoral artery and then you've got fairly immediate and awful septicaemia as well, which would be awful. On the other hand, if it hit the big pad of muscle on the top/outside of the thigh, the odds are somewhat better. That particular muscle is fairly strong and can take a lot of abuse (people have known to take gunshot wounds there and–ocasionally–walk away. xD)

      It also depends on whether or not "the smell of festering flesh" meant actual festering flesh, or just the awful smell that even minor infections produce. If it's the latter prognosis is much better. xD

      At that stage of infection, though, with pus 'n' all, and in the arena? Unless the sponsors send down some kind of magical future antibiotics, and/or provide magical future field-surgery to remove a substantial chunk of thigh ala House? The odds are not so good. If Katniss cauterised the wound or similar it would help in the short-term, and probably allow her burns ointment to help him more, but Peeta would still be sick with infection and still need magical future antibiotics.

      Of course this is fairly optimistic. If the infection has progressed to the bone, he's gonna need immediate amputation, or he'll be developing a nasty case of "death" soon. In the mean time attempting to immobilise and compress as much of the limb as possible, maybe even tourniquet it so that tissue death occur, might be the only option as far as field first aid goes.

      -shrug- I don't think Peeta's gonna die in such an anti-climactic way, I'm calling optimistic prognosis and sponsor intervention. Or that Collins doesn't know very much about medicine and engineers an unrealistic recovery of some kind. Either way. xD

      I hope this was helpful!

  21. Sarah B. says:

    I don’t know, my first kiss was pretty bad. I had a crush on this guy for a year, and he ended up giving me my first kiss in front of a group of people, all of whom knew that he was doing it only because HE FELT SORRY for me, because he didn’t like me back. I only discovered this because the next day I found him MAKING OUT WITH MY BEST FRIEND. So that was fun.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      My first kiss, technically, was with a girl who was the female lead opposite me in a musical. So yeah. My first kiss wasn't gay, but it was during a musical, so that makes it extra gay.

    • myownmetaphor says:

      My first kiss was the second day of my senior year in a bus enclave because I was walking home with the guy. He only kissed me because he saw me crying at a party because no one ~lurved~ me (I wasn't fully in control of myself at the time) and he thought he could get it in, once I made it clear I wasn't going to swipe meh V card with a guy I'd known a week we stopped talking. Oh! And he was still in love with his last girlfriend who had just left for college. And I was shaking, so that's just embarrassing. I mean, not worse then Katniss' but still pretty bad.

      • kytten says:

        My first kiss was the tender age of eight. That was great. My first same-sex kiss was at twelve (yep, I've known I was Bi for a loooong time) was less great- the kiss itself was nice, but the first thing she said after was 'you must never tell anyone and I'm not going to speak to you at school'.

  22. Openattheclose says:

    I love Peeta! That is all.

  23. Rebecca says:

    You think that kiss is bad? Ooooh no, that's sweet in comparision to some. I like the whole with Peeta hiding, and them hiding together. It was nice to have some non-hostile conversation with someone Katniss actually thought could live and win with her…

    As for a worse first kiss? Try a guy walking up to you at a party, dances up to you then TURNS YOU TO HIM (and you're being all wtf about that), shoves his tounge in your mouth, practically shoves your whole mouth inside there, with people walking by commenting things like "oh my god, he's eating her up!".

    I brought it 😛

  24. Karen says:

    Peeta smiles. “Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying.”
    Dear Peeta,
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    Seriously though I just love how Peeta's skill as a baker (particularly in decorating cakes) enabled him to survive. Going off of that, I love that Peeta is associated with characteristic and roles that are typically assigned to female characters. He's the romantic, the moral compass, and he's good at baking and artistically decorating cakes. But in spite of that he's never emasculated and his manhood is never called into question. I think it's a pretty brilliant way for Collins to subvert gender roles. I LOVE YOU, PEETA.

    I think that Katniss has been so intent on survival and taking care of her family that she's never really considered romance. She doesn't really want a family because who would want to bring a child into a world like that. She doesn't see the point. So she REALLY doesn't get this whole romance thing. lol. Oh Katniss. Peeta on the other hand, pretty obviously to my mind, sincerely has feelings for Katniss. THIS WILL TURN OUT WELL.

  25. Miss_Connell says:

    It was this chapter that finally settled the matter for me: I am now 100% Team Peeta.

    We should make T-shirts or something. Who says Twilight fans get to have all the fun?

  26. Stephalopolis says:

    Peeta camoflauged in the stream has to be one of my favorite moments from this book. And how long has he been camoflauged? Days? Can you imagine that? Craazy. I would like to mention the fact that I *think* this is the first chapter since the games started that didn't end on a cliffhanger. I mean, sure, Peeta's sick and could be dying… but we know that throughout the entire chapter and not a sudden *Bam!* *Wow!* moment like the others. No fire, no stabbing, no wasps. Just infection, pus, and love.

    Maybe the Gamemakers have a special weapon that allows the earth to open up and eat people? Look, I don’t think you guys understand my deep desire to see this happen in some form of fiction of film.

    Mark, it is my new goal in life to find something to fulfill this wish of yours. Bring it.

    And, finally, I would like to take this moment to celebrate the name "Foxface" to the chart. I guess Katniss has used it so many times to reference the girl from 5 that it's finally become oficial 🙂

    • Lynn says:

      Does the movie Tremors count? No? I guess technically it was giant earth worms underground eating people so no. Going to think about it some more.

      • xpanasonicyouthx says:

        Tremors doesn't count only because it wins all things ever, so I have to disqualify it in order to give other things a chance.

        • Lynn says:

          Damn, because that is all I can come up with. I feel like I have failed the mission. =p

          On a side note my son is finally old enough to watch Tremors with me so when it came on the random cable channel recently I got to add another fan. He loved it!

        • bendemolena says:

          Then why don't Kevin Bacon's cavernous nostrils count? PRETTY SURE THEY COULD SWALLOW SOME THINGS UP IF HE LET THEM.

        • BradSmith5 says:

          Your wisdom astounds me.

          How about the end of 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?' When the earth is cracking open and God is like "STOP STEALING MY CUPS!"

        • mariekp says:

          I'm writing a book full of da magiks and things like that, and now I decided I will write something like that in your honor.

  27. mugglemomof2 says:

    I loved this chapter but I am a sucker for a good romance. Katniss being oblivious- makes it that much more hysterical.

    "Can we get back to Murderfest 2057" (or whatever you said)
    LOVE IT!

  28. Garth says:

    Katniss doesn’t seem very effected by Rue’s death. Damn this character is callus.

    • Yusra says:

      well, she's got to move on – fast. Rue's dead, yes, but she could be in a couple of seconds; and Peeta's dying. She gets no emotional rest….

    • TheRedQueen says:

      I always took this as Katniss being like me in cirsis-mode – I survive, I deal, I do what I have to do to get myself and the people I'm responsible for through whatever's happening.

      It's afterwards, when I'm not under constant stress, when the pain of this sort of thing hits me and THAT is when I break down, cry, mourn losses, and feel the effects of trauma.

      I do think it should be clarified a bit (if that's what Collins is going for), OR she should react more (if that wasn't what Collins was going for), but that's always how I saw Katniss; she's the kind of person who deals with the physical survival first, then gets hit with the emotional baggage later.

  29. dvtd2hp says:

    i'm loving this story. I'm not loving the characters. they're pretty one-dimensional. I had never even heard of these books until I saw that Mark was reading them, and since we had agreed on both Twilight (I would truly love to bill SMeyer for the hours of my life that she stole and then pissed away), and HP (devoted fan for almost 11 years), I decided to go ahead and give these a shot.

    I love the direction that this book is taking. The hatred for the oppressors. And maybe it's because of the situation that the characters can't have that much emotional depth. I just find it hard to believe that Katniss has spent four yrs hunting with Gale almost every day, and she's never addressed the possibility of being with him. Unless it was just some foregone conclusion that they had been together this long, and it would continue to be that way ad infinitum? IDK. All of the characters feel false to me.

    That being said, i stayed up REALLY late a few nights running to be able to finish these. LOVED the story. And i'm digging the reviews. pretty much spot on with what i'm thinking as i read.

    • Lynn says:

      I always read Katniss' character as being very self repressed. I think that there is more going on inside her than she will acknowledge. She pushes against feelings which she feels are useless and what not. So she chooses instead to focus on what she considers is absolutely real or important. Romance for her leads to nothing but another mouth to feed.

      • trash_addict says:

        'Romance for her leads to nothing but another mouth to feed.'

        Sigh. This makes me super-sad, as I can definitely see how she'd come around to this way of thinking. And it's not just another mouth to feed – it's another mouth that will some day be a name going into that glass ball full of potential Tribute's names.

  30. Soccerhorse says:

    I love Haymitch. He's the best character in the entire series.

  31. lindseytinsey says:

    "Or maybe he’s waiting until the last minute and he’ll kill Katniss and book two will suddenly switch to his point of view."

    I LOL'd 🙂

  32. thefbm says:

    Yes Peeta!!! Oh chiz, his leg! At least Collins doesn't die down the detail of his pusy leg…ew.

    'Romance bores me. Is it ok if I say that? I generally don’t really care about it, so I do like that this isn’t really played up as this huge emotional moment. (Well, for Katniss. I feel like Peeta was totally stoked.)'
    Yeah during this first book, the romance bored me…then I became a hopeless romantic during the next book. I do love Katniss being oblivious about love…sort of like me when I was her age. 😀

  33. tzikeh says:

    With frosting and everything!

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  34. vaporeon13204 says:

    Haha, omg, epic hiding by Peeta. XD I feel so bad for him though. Your comment before about Katniss having the emotional depth of a spoon is pretty much correct. How can she honestly think that he is faking all of this? >>; Poor guy. Can't wait to see what happens next! <3

  35. Tabbyclaw says:

    Thresh is sitting under a tree somewhere, playing solitaire and eating rocks to gain their strength and courage. Eventually Katniss will probably trip over him.

    • corporatecake says:

      I actually laughed out loud.

      Though we've seen nothing of Thresh the entire Games, and we know Foxface is on her own, and it makes me wonder if part of the struggle for some of the tributes isn't plain old boredom.

    • AccioUsername says:

      She's not Bella.

  36. xkcdhobbes says:

    My favorite part of this chapter is when Katniss rolls Peeta around and at the end, Peeta just asks "No more rolling?" Imagining the scene in my head really made me laugh. (I just imagined Peeta saying "Whee, I'm rolling! Oh nose, it's over…)

  37. Mauve_Avenger says:

    There are about six days between the tracker jacker incident and Katniss going to find him. We don't know what time Peeta got slashed by Cato, but it was sometime on the first day, after they ran to the lake and ran back to get Katniss. So he's been aching from the stings for about six days, bleeding for about five days, and hiding in the mud for somewhere around three and a half to four days, depending on how fast he got to the stream after being cut (probably he was running, since Cato didn't manage to kill him).

    Katniss says that the most people can only handle a few stings. Peeta gets four. Then he douses himself in water for a while, runs back to the nest site, saves Katniss, gets chopped up by Cato, and then runs to the stream to hide. All under the influence of four tracker jacker stings. How does that work? Oh, wait…
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  38. paulineparadise says:

    Three time's a charm! (And this comment is only getting longer… and longer… and longer….


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    Maybe the Gamemakers have a special weapon that allows the earth to open up and eat people?
    You know I actually roleplayed something among those lines.

    Collins high-fived Jesus after writing this line and he most certainly high-fived back.
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    Also, I wanted to post a bunch of Peeta/Katniss (Katpee/Peeniss) fanart… I'm not sure if I've found all of them again.
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    • Cally_Black says:

      These are some great fanarts! I love the:

      Come to the dark side…Peeta made cookies.

      WordPress did the same thing to me the first time I tried to upload my fanart!

    • ldwy says:

      Thanks so much for posting these. What beautiful art. And hilarious jesus pic. Is that you? Where's the statue?

    • notemily says:

      Aw, I like the little parachute gift. Also, the first one of them in the cave.

    • paulineparadise says:

      Oh by the way, about that 'role playing' things- that was on a harry potter post-by-post RPG site, there *suddenly* was a hole in the Quidditch field and all four teams fell inside. on top of a few Devil's Snares, with sharp rocks, underground tunnels… It was awesome.

  39. Mauve_Avenger says:

    I'm kinda surprised you didn't compare/contrast Peeta's "You here to finish me off, sweetheart?" to Ron's "Are you mental?!" It's actually the first thing I thought of when I read that line.

    Also, Katniss telling Peeta that "you're just like the rest of my family" makes it sound like she thinks of Peeta as part of the family; it's just weird diction to use in this situation. That and the conversational "all right" in the middle of her sentence about not wanting Peeta to take his shorts off when she's cleaning his wound kind of took me out of the story for a while.

  40. bendemolena says:


    Seriously the thing that kind of irks me about Peeta is that he's just so.. good. I can't get behind it. It's not that I hate him, he's really kind of not on my list of favorite characters in this book.

    Still though? Frosting defense IS THE BEST THING EVER. brb baking a cake~

    • theupsides says:

      Why does he have to have flaws, though? I'm not saying he's perfect, but it's not like we've known him long enough that his flaws would come out, especially in such a weird situation. Maybe he really is a genuinely nice guy. Doesn't mean he doesn't have flaws, just that it'll take longer to learn what they are.

    • Tabbyclaw says:

      Srsly. He's like a male Prim, just floating about all half-dead in the woods and being PERFECTLY VIRTUOUS.

    • harbingeralice says:

      I would think his naivety IS his flaw. He is in a (at times literally) dog eat dog world and he likes decorating cakes. And is in love with a girl who's never expected to get anything out of life beyond mere survival. He's too nice for his world.

  41. Blabbla says:

    The speechbubble says "Are you here to finish me off, sweetheart?"

  42. xghostproof says:

    Collins high-fived Jesus after writing this line and he most certainly high-fived back.

    It's been about 15 minutes and I am still having problems breathing after this.

  43. exbestfriend says:

    I found this a while ago, but now that Peeta is back in the picture I think it applies. Apparently Katniss doesn't understand how likeable(?) she is.
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  44. Penquin47 says:

    ::hugs Peeta:: Even with the rule change, Peeta may not survive. If he survives, he may not live much longer.

    I've been trying to think of twists. The two co-district tributes can survive, but only as long as they get married so the show can have its happy story? They can survive but they'll get taken out by ninja immediately afterwards? They can both survive but only so long as they have equal kill counts? When it's down to two they'll have to choose between a duel to the death or giving up their district's benefits? There *has* to be something, doesn't there?

    When Peeta dies, is Katniss going to cover him with flowers too? MUST SEE THIS. Wait, better. FROSTING FLOWERS.

    • Elise says:

      I love reading people's predictions!

      I love experiencing the tone of books and I think this series makes us all do what you're doing. You question everything and don't expect an easy way out. None of us trust the capital

    • AccioUsername says:

      Oh god she decorates him like a cake, except she's really bad at decorating, so it looks like a two year old did it. His parents get his body back and are just like thaaaaaaanks…

  45. aficat says:

    We really need a spoiler forum asap, since I cannot flail without spoiling.

    • bell_erin_a says:

      I agree, especially since I finished the third book this morning and want to ~discuss~ it with people.

      • TheRedQueen says:

        I third this. I find myself making very simplistic/silly/sarcastic comments to avoid saying anything spoilery to Mark and the others here who haven't read the books. I read them all months ago and I love them and am excited that Mark is reading them but….MUST DISCUSS FUTURE EVENTS 😡 must not spoil Mark 😮

      • barbara83 says:

        I finished the third book this morning too!

    • Mauve_Avenger says:

      I seem to remember someone in an earlier chapter review posting a link to their spoiler discussion page. Pretty sure, though, that it was never posted in any of the other reviews, so I'm thinking it isn't getting used. I think it was another WordPress site.

      I'll check the site for the link.

      ETA: Aha. Linkage.
      Doesn't look like it's getting much traffic, so it'll need to be plugged more often in these reviews if people want actual discussions there.

      • Yusra says:

        Yeah, I forgot about it. Feel free to post it now and again, though! 😀

        and I'm working on linking it to my Intensedebate thing, in fact, I might just get ID on it, it may be more convenient (as you have to subscribe to comments to be able to get replies en ce moment…)

        EDIT: My luck, intense debate isn't available on Now, I could get a instead… But seeing as it's not too hard to click subscribe, I'll stick with what I know for now.

        EDIT 2.0: Now, instead of going onto my awesomepersonal blog, clicking on my name will direct you to the SPOILERZONE! :O

  46. lossthief says:

    p.242: "…we'd be pariahs…" and the whole cold-blooded murder aspect isn't appealing either.
    p.242: Yeah Kat, keep playing the game (don't you dare try stealing that again BradSmith or I will…YELL AT YOU OVER THE INTERNET! :@
    p.243: Even the people in the Capitol know that Kat is Peeta's *~*TWU WUV*~* so how long until she figures it out?
    p.243: "Let them come." Can Kat please be this badass for the rest of the book?
    p.244: "Sparkling in the sunlight" *snicker*
    p.245: "He's very hard to predict…" because he is the master of playing the game (gods I have missed that.)
    p.247: Peeta is a gods damned Golem, how the hel did he do that?
    p.247: Did Kat and Peeta just banter? I APPROVE.
    p.248: Peeta's flirting now too? *fist pump*
    p.249: "Naked bodies are no big deal in the arena, right?" By Odin, the sexual tension is palpable.
    p.250: Peeta's lack of appetite does not bode well.
    p.250: "…and then very slowly in his pants off him" and discover that Peeta apparently chose to go commando.
    p.251: "Come to think of it, I don't even much like to be around coughing." …wha? So you're not afraid of murderous psychopaths, but somebody with bronchitis would scare the piss out of you?
    p.251: "The idea of him being naked makes me uncomfortable." I'm sure that'll change by the end of the trilogy.
    p.252: "how about that kiss?" Peeta you are my favorite.
    p.253: "Shut up and eat your pears." This is wonderful
    p.254: I am loving their report with each other.
    p.255: "Thanks for finding me." all together now: D'AWWWWWWWWW
    p.255: This is just plain adorable.
    p.256: "He's great at this stuff." Meaning he's great at being genuine and Kat is great at being oblivious to matters of the heart.
    Overall, this was a really fun chapter. I was glad to get some extended dialogue between Peeta and Kat, since it had been quite a while since we got much dialogue at all. What they had to say to each other, while not exactly brilliant, was definitely an improvement over just an inner monologue for countless chapters. It really seems like Collins is better at having her characters talk rather than just narrating. It's interesting to see the whole "playing to the audience" thing come back up, and I'm curious as to how far Collins will take it.
    Grade: "B+"

    • TheRedQueen says:

      I really liked getting to see them talk because this was really the first time they had just TALKED without having the prospect of "O hai I have to kill you or be killed by you" hanging over their heads. They are spectacularly adorable together and it makes me happy :3

      Also, I like that we get to see a little more softness from Katniss when she interacts with people (especially now, in the sense that she has to tend to Peeta)

      I never comment, but your notations make me LOL a lot.

    • BradSmith5 says:

      But Lossthief, I have to put on a show for the sponsors! The soup from the sky IS SO GOOD. I guess I'll just have to start planting awkward kisses on people and frosting myself.

      Anyway, your notes are dead-on today. Did you see the part where Katniss thought about where Thresh might be? If that canyon IS his domain, what's he up to? Why is Foxface so scared? Mysterious.

      • lossthief says:

        When she mentioned that, I immediately pictured a dark cave with two glowing eyes in the center, and a blood-curdling roar erupting from it. Sort of like the ending of the Sonic Sat AM finale.

    • Sizzlelucid says:

      I'm glad you mentioned "shut up and eat your pears." This is one of my favorite lines!

    • pennylane27 says:

      "By Odin" That was the best part of your notes.

  47. trash_addict says:

    '“You here to finish me off, sweetheart?”'

    OMG ILU Peeta. So much.

  48. Revolution64 says:

    I have a worse kissing story:

    I've never kissed anyone.


  49. theffectshecanhave says:

    i do consider myself "team peeta", but i really hope fans don't turn this into the next twilight.

    • Mauve_Avenger says:

      Well, the last book of the series came out this August. So if it were going to happen, I imagine it would've already.

    • Diane says:

      Unlikely. This book has already reached levels of pure gore and nastiness that the Twilight series only hit in the last book. And let's face it, the whole pregnancy/childbirth horror thing in Twilight was incredibly incongruous compared with the rest of the series, which wasn't horror but pure trashy romance. (I know that's an insult to good trashy romance, and I apologize.)

    • notemily says:

      It's not. I mean, first of all the last book is already out so any shipping questions have been resolved. Secondly, unlike Twilight, the romance is not the focus of the story.

    • iolchos says:

      dude, I wish it would. I would kill for official Team Peeta merchandise.

  50. TheRedQueen says:

    Mark, as an aspiring author, I promise to one day pen an epic scene where the earth opens up and swallows a totally oppressive, biggoted douchebag. JUST FOR YOU.

    I'll dedicate it to you or something.

  51. Ken says:

    It's not mentioned anywhere, but I would put money on Katniss being on the spectrum. Emotional depth of a spoon indeed! She can interpret messages from someone she can't even see by what he sends her, but she doesn't even suspect his feelings when he's right next to her? Plus her troubles with the interviews, her obliviousness to the vast majority of fellow tributes, all the things and people we *don't* see through her eyes throughout the story, her focus on random details such as food and showers and lists of things…

  52. Hotaru-hime says:

    I like Peeta and I want him to win.
    Considering Katniss is the narrator, that's not likely to happen, but I do love Peeta.

  53. 4and6forever says:

    Come to Team Peeta. We have cookies. And, you know, cake, brownies, and pie. All courtesy of our sponsor, the Bread Boy himself.

  54. jonni13 says:

    I had a department store gift voucher and decided to buy the next book in the trilogy. I kid you not, I found it in the PRE- TEENS section!!! Ugh, maybe it's time to have a rating system to help out stupid book shop employees…..
    Also, this is why I read the books random relatives buy for my kids before handing them over! Saves on nightmares 🙂

    • Ken says:

      How does a book get to be considered "young adult"? Do they have their own publishers or what? I'd have taken it for just another book if I'd read it without reading these reviews.

      • notemily says:

        It's just a marketing thing. If publishers think it will sell well as a Young Adult book, then that's how it's marketed.

        Some books are marketed differently depending on the circumstances. The Book Thief is an adult book in Australia, but it's Young Adult in the US.

        No rating systems please. We have enough people trying to censor what kids read.

      • FlameRaven says:

        Most YA books have a protagonist between 13 and 18 years old. At this point it's a specific genre of books, not just a marketing thing (although it is often that). However the US often does some weird things with YA; His Dark Materials was put into YA when it came to the US, even though it was an adult book in the UK (with good reason!)

        Hunger Games is in YA because the protagonists are 16, and because if you want cutting-edge social commentary, you write YA. Honestly, adult books sometimes have good concepts, but usually get too derailed by sex to really explore them. :/

  55. Warmouh says:

    I have had such an awful day and the fact that someone likes my nonsensical nicknames makes me hapy. No siriously.

    Also, Peenis. LOL.

  56. Warmouh says:

    Also, I have noticed a disturbing lack of brown pee in these comments. =/

  57. notemily says:

    Just so you know, that "relevant to my interests" cat is one of my all-time favorites. It made me happy that you used it. <3

    I like this chapter because we see Katniss, who is all badass and murdery and will kill you with arrows, get grossed out by having to treat a leg wound. I like that she thinks of her sister and mother and how they'd do much better but they're not there so she has to do it. I don't know why–it just adds to her character, I guess. She's great at surviving on her own, but not so great at caring for others in a personal, hands-on way.

    Also, I love "Can we get back to Murder Fest 2057?" I think that's what Collins should have called the book. Coming this fall to bookstores everywhere: MURDER FEST 2057

  58. andreah1234 says:

    OH! And I forgot, Haymitch is awesome, Peeta is not faking it, And Katniss is a total moron. So yeah nothing new. EXCEPT, for the worst kiss of all time. AND Katniss being a moron, oh wait never mind 😉

  59. Moonie says:

    You know Peeta probably did a happy dance when he heard the tribute-team-up announcement, then promptly fell over due to messed up leg.
    I do love his camouflage. And uh, him in general.

    For our Katniss/Peeta spam party:
    <img src=""alt="katpee"/&gt;
    By Samurai_PET

  60. Yusra says:

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    Now for an actual comment: Peeta's first line here, <3

    [Warning: clicking on my name will lead you to the spoilerzone. If you wish to be spoiler free, please do not do so. Clicking on my icon, however, will take you to my IntenseDebate profile. Which is spoiler-free.]

  61. forthejokes says:

    It's great that Katniss finds Peeta, but it's not the most exciting chapter of the book, I'm with you there.

  62. FlameRaven says:

    Mmm, blood poisoning! 😀 Good job, Peeta. Seriously, your camouflage skills are awesome, but next time you might want to consider oh, I dunno, DRESSING YOUR WOUND before you spend a few days lying in mud. I'm just sayin'.

    I'm not terribly enthralled by romance either, but if you're looking at it from the Gamemaker's perspective and the audience's POV, nothing causes more crazy drama (and ratings!) than romance. Especially a romance where one of the people may or may not be dying! And the couple is paired against another couple that hates them!

    In other words: Collins has done plenty of physical dangers and drama, now it's time for the emotional scarring. 😀

  63. lamuerta says:

    Hmmm. Peeta seems to be a more attractive character than Katniss. For a guy who killed off someone in cold blood within the first few hours of the games, he seems pretty non-aggressive. (Frosting! I LOL'ed at that.) I totally thought he was going to turn into some monster psycho killer.

    Unfortunately, the hallucination with Sparkly!Peeta is making me wonder if Gale is supposed to be the counterpart to pedowolf (childhood playmate, more acceptable to parents, etc). And lots of bleargh will ensue with Katniss trying to decide between the two. But I'm sure Collins' writing is not as bad as Smyers' – it's just a trope.

  64. Sizzlelucid says:

    Next chapter. Calling it now.

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    But seriously. THIS is REALLY what's happening.
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    Yes, that IS Gale at the end.
    Found both of these lovely visuals on DeviantArt.

  65. celestineangel1 says:

    Yeah, I remember about this was the point I started rolling my eyes every time Katniss thought something really bizarrely oblivious.

  66. leaenalittera says:

    My first kiss was pretty awkward. So awkward it's a two-part story.

    After the first date, he leaned into kiss me, and because I was totally not used to the idea of kissing a boy I sort of…veered off into a hug at the last second, leaving him kissing half my mouth, half my cheek while we did a one-armed hug thing. Then we both gave these short, awkward laughs before going our separate ways and mentally facepalming.

    Second date was a party at his house, and as I was about to leave we were standing in the doorway staring at each other. I was thinking, "If he tries to kiss me this time, I won't dodge." He was thinking, "I want to try kissing her, but if she dodges again my friends will see it." So we stared at each other as my ride walked down the driveway toward her car, until I couldn't justify standing there any longer and blurted, "Bye," and ran off to catch up to her. Which resulted in more mental facepalming all around.

    The good news is, we got it right the third time, and now we can laugh about it. : )

  67. lebeaumonde says:

    "Well, that’s certainly the worst first kiss story of all time, right? I’m sure it’s worse than yours. BRING IT IF IT’S NOT."

    I'd say kissing an attractive boy with a fever who is at least in love with you, despite your lack of romantic feelings towards him, is better than my first kiss.
    It was with this asshole who I went on a date with out of pity (I'm not sure if this makes me bitchy or nice, but whatever) and he leaned in to kiss me and smashed my nose. 🙁 plus we both wore glasses, so it was just awkward and painful. meh.

  68. hazelwillow says:

    First kisses, huh? I think mine was worse thank Katniss's (other than her "we're all going to die" context, lol). I didn't think 'meh', I thought "Oh my god, WHY are you eating my FACE?" *wants to wash herself for a hundred years*

    It was a distinct disappointment.

    The second guy I kissed was much better. 😛

    And –you did ask!

  69. 1foxi says:

    I am just not that into the whole Peeta – Katniss romance thing!! You know Gale is gonna be mad about the whole love affair thing because he is obviously into her too. This is like Twilight!

    Peeta – Edward
    Gale – Jacob
    Katniss – Bella

    Note: the characters in this book are 100% more awesome than the Twilight characters.

    • Reed says:

      Hm, but I don't think any "love" on Katniss' part is indicated in this chapter. If anything, she saw that the impulse in the kiss leads to her getting things that she needs from sponsors. Peeta and Kat's whole "romance" drove the Capitol to change the rules of the game, so if she plays it up a little… What's the harm? 😛

    • FlameRaven says:

      Uh. If we have to make the inevitable comparison, Peeta is Jacob and Gale is Edward. Peeta is not in any way the colossal dick that Edward is. I'm speaking purely for personality here; not suggesting that "Oh she'll end up with Gale because Gale = Edward."

      The difference between Twilight and Hunger Games as far as the romance triangle goes is that while in Twilight the romance IS the plot, in Hunger Games so much else is going on that while yes, there is some romance, it's not nearly the focus it could be. In fact if they weren't playing up the 'star-crossed lovers' aspect for rabid Capitol fantards, I don't think the question would really have come up at all.

  70. LadyLately says:

    The first guy I ever kissed was at summer camp, on the bus ride back from the camping/hiking/rafting trip for the older campers. He waited until we were the last ones on the bus (because he was in my WAY), kissed me, then SPRINTED to his cabin. My face was wut.

  71. Jenny says:

    "…weapon that allows the earth to open up and eat people"

    OMG Mark! You should read The Belgariad series by David Eddings! Seriously…They. Are. Amazing.
    What you said above just might happen is some way in one of the books!!

    If you read those books I'd die of happiness.

  72. Meredith says:

    About the earth opening up and eating people… read the third book in the series. 😉

  73. Jazz says:

    I can honestly say that my first kiss was worse than this.
    16, shit faced in town, my friends went to buy ciggies and left me with this 20-year-old I'd never met (great friends right) he was stoned, somehow we ended up kissing, after him practically choking me and cutting me with what had to be the worst tongue piecing ever. Went home and thought I could forget about it. Turns out he's my mates drug dealer 😐
    Brought it 🙂

    Not loving Peeta and Katniss. Absolutely adored Gale 🙂 Bring him back soon Collins or face my wrath!

  74. Newbia says:

    Yeah, my first kiss can't beat Peeta and Katniss's in terms of awfulness. But I do admit that he was bleeding.

  75. Amanda says:

    HA! You think that's a bad first kiss? How bout spin the bottle and your first kiss is a peck from my gay friend

  76. Sheena says:

    >chants< We want t-shirts! We want t-shirts!

  77. flootzavut says:

    I took her sudden fear he will die to mean that up till this point she didn't care that much if he died. She could after all still win without him. But now she suddenly does care.

  78. andreamantis says:

    "Collins high-fived Jesus after writing this line and he most certainly high-fived back."

    I will forever be laughing out loud at this. Seriously. Tears. Pain in my cheeks and abs. Don't ever change, Mark.

  79. Mowgli3 says:

    I think my first kiss was worse. I was dating a guy to get to his best friend (because apparently I was a little 15 year old slut), and we watched Signs, which was, btw, the worst movie ever made (I mean seriously, our atmosphere is like 30% water, HOW DO THE ALIENS NOT DIE.)…and he kissed me during the credits. And by that, I mean he opened his ENTIRE MOUTH (which was enough to cover from my chin to my nose), then closed his mouth while it was ON MY FACE and ended up biting my upper lip, in a totally not-sexy way. I had to WIPE OFF MY FACE because it was covered in his SLOBBER. I didn't kiss anyone for like, two years after that, because I thought "If this is what kissing is like, I don't wanna do it!!" (oh and I was horribly awkward, but we'll ignore that part).

    (Then he told me he loved me the next day. We had been dating for less than two weeks.)

  80. Kelly L. says:

    I actually welcomed this as a break from OMG DEATH DEATH DEATH, I loved the lines that Collins gave Peeta, in fact I think he became my favorite character. I mean, I actually do like Katniss, though.

    Also I kind of like the little pseudo-romance… though the whole time I was reading it, I was all, "Hmm, I wonder what Mark will have to say about this."

  81. Phoebe says:

    When people say "team peeta" thats opposed to what?

  82. blessthechildren says:

    Well, my bf smashed his teeth into mine the first time her kissed me. Then, he did it again a couple of months later – and the second time he BROKE PART OF MY LEFT FRONT TOOTH. *Ugh.* It was a tiny slicer for the exact bottom of my tooth, which of course made the rest of the tooth vulnerable to breaking more. I have had it bonded twice, and will probably continue to re-fx it every few years forever. *Ugh* x 2. :/

    Oh, and another time he stuck his tongue UP MY NOSE because he though it would be fun. I was not amused.
    Nasal sex = really nasty.

  83. Mrs. Mellark says:

    We should totally make t-shirts that would be so aweseom!!!

    TEAM PEETA FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. PK9 says:

    "Well, that’s certainly the worst first kiss story of all time, right?"

    Worse than Harry/Cho? "Wet."

  85. Fee Verte says:

    I'm really only reading this now, because I've just finished the series.

    I TOTALLY strikes me how you would (probably) totally dig A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin. It's the epitome of YOU ARE NOT PREPARED and NO-ONE IS SAFE. I know it's been suggested as a future read – any chance you'll consider it? Because that would be THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER ON THE INTERNETS.

    (Also, coming from ASOIAF to this series, the writing is giving me serious whiplash. Because ASOIAF is srs bsnss fantasy and the writing is brilliant, especially in comparison with this :P)

  86. goldensnidget says:

    Ok, seriously, her first kiss is definitely more awesome than mine. I wasn't kissed until I was 18. It was not even a year ago, I was pretty drunk, in a club and dancing with this red-haired guy, and all I remember is thinking that he was Ron Weasley, then he tried to kiss me. All I can say is, washing machine syndrome. And to this day, I have never had a kiss that actually means anything, so I'd say Katniss's wasn't too bad!

  87. pebble says:

    i <3 peeta x 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

    coz he's soooooo awesome 😀

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