Mark Reads ‘Mockingjay’: Chapter 1

In the first chapter of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins reminds us just how terrible everything is. SAD PARTY 2011? It just might be. If you’re intrigued, then it’s time for Mark to read Mockingjay.

Oh hey, are you having a good morning, noon, afternoon, evening, or night? Has it been a rather pleasant day for you? Are you thinking happy thoughts and feeling accomplished?


I’m ecstatic for where Collins has taken this story, mostly because it’s so unexpected for me, especially after what I thought the book was going to be about. AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW. ::pinches Mockingjay’s cheeks::

How awesome are my predictions they are pure genius already

I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather. This is where the bed I shared with my sister, Prim, stood. Over there was the kitchen table. The bricks of the chimney, which collapsed in a charred heap, provide a point of reference for the rest of the house. How else could I orient myself in this sea of grey?


Almost nothing remains of District 12. A month ago, the Capitol’s firebombs obliterated the poor coal miners’ house in the Seam, the shops in the town, even the Justice Building. The only area that escaped incineration was the Victor’s Village.

Ok, I think it’s time for me to stop making bad jokes. Because holy shit there really is no District 12 left. I also knew once Katniss mentioned that this book starts a month after the end of Catching Fire, we were bound to be dealt some of Collins’s signature summarizing. ISN’T IT FUN.

Actually…it is. I was pleasantly surprised by how…not bothered I was by it. I know I criticized the pace in Catching Fire (WHICH I STILL STAND BY, AFTER THE FACT, FOR THE RECORD, FYI, BTW), and I think a lot of it felt weird because it took me out of the moment. However, here in Mockingjay, Collins doesn’t ever seem to take me out of Katniss’s experience inside District 12. As Katniss moves throughout her home and the town she grew up in, she uses the silence and despair to reflect on the past month. Essentially, to me, it feels natural.

Chapter one is gigantic info dump for us and Collins starts off with a whole lot of brain mush. First of all, there are authorities in District 13. So that implies there’s a whole system of organization to the government there, which probably also means there’s a whole lot of people there. And Plutarch is sort of in charge? I still don’t understand how he fits in yet, but I assume he’s working alongside those in District 13.

I also feel a lot of sympathy for Katniss, though I can’t understand the pain and anguish she’s going through. Collins spends a lot of time exploring what Katniss’s mind is going through after the events of the last novel and how that manifests itself physically for her. She’s been suffering from trouble thinking coherently and she mentions that she has also been given a steady supply of drugs to control her pain and her mood.

I’m curious how this is going to play out through the novel, so I’ll avoid saying much now, except that I imagine that Katniss is experiencing some form of post-traumatic stress disorder after her second entry into the Games. (The only reason I mention that is because I’ve suffered from it and, so far, a lot of what she describes seems the same.)


“Katniss. Should I come down?” My best friend Gale’s voice reaches me though the headset the rebels insisted I wear. He’s up in a hovercraft, watching me carefully, ready to swoop in if anything goes amiss.

I’m sorry, this image made me laugh. And I literally cannot explain why. It just seems…silly? Not that Collins intended that or that I make any sense at all, but I am just imagining Gale with a cute headset on, sending coded messages back to the staff at the District 13 base, feeling like a totally useful spy or something, like a post-modern Inspector Gadget. Annnnnnnnnnnnddddd now I’ve lost all my readers. Great.

He understands I don’t want anyone with me today. Not even him. Some walks you have to take alone.

I use the Kindle app on my iPad to read. It has a neat feature that allows you to see passages highlighted by 50 or more other readers. It’s nice to see what other people find significant in a book. Those three sentences were highlighted by 438 people. And to those 438 people, I say:


Honestly, that last sentence is so melodramatic and frivolous that I couldn’t help but giggle wildly. SOME WALKS YOU HAVE TO TAKE ALONE. Like most of them?

Ok, enough poking fun at this. Let’s get to the real shit.

The summer’s been scorching hot and dry as a bone. There’s been next to no rain to disturb the piles of ash left by the attack. They shift here and there, in reaction to my footsteps. No breeze to scatter them. I keep my eyes on what I remember as the road, because when I first landed in the Meadow, I wasn’t careful and I walked right into a rock. Only it wasn’t a rock—it was someone’s skull. It rolled over and over and landed faceup, and for a long time I couldn’t stop looking at the teeth, wondering whose they were, thinking of how mine would probably look the same way under similar circumstances.


YEAH. YEAH. What the hell. And, of course, it only gets worse. Turns out that those who weren’t charred immediately died of other causes while trying to escape. Their decomposing bodies litter the ground in what’s left of District 12.

You are destroying me, Collins.

But she’s also destroying Katniss. The truth is that Katniss is wrecked with guilt:

But I did. It was my arrow, aimed at the chink in the force field surrounding arena, that brought on this firestorm of retribution. That sent the whole country of Panem into chaos.

I don’t know if there’s anything I could say to counter this. Obviously, Katniss was doing what she could to stay alive. I don’t think I would ever criticize her for that. I get it. She shouldn’t have done anything differently. But she does have to deal with the fact that what she did inherently caused the bombing of District 12.

More than ninety percent of the district’s population is dead. The remaining eight hundred or so are refugees in District 13—which, as far as I’m concerned, is the same thing as being homeless forever.

NINETY PERCENT??? So, over 7,000 people died??? WHAT THE FUCK. That is far more than I anticipated. Now I completely understand why Katniss is so upset about that. Could I live with the fact that my actions caused over 7,000 people to be murdered? Fucking hell. :/

Katniss summarizes a bit more about District 13, as we learn that Gale helped a small group escape past the fence, out into the Meadow, and to Katniss’s lake house, where they watched District 13 destroyed by Capitol aircraft. (For the record, this happened just a mere FIFTEEN MINUTES after the Games ended. Fifteen minutes!!!)

District 13 to the rescue, though. I don’t know how they found the group that Gale, Katniss’s mom, and Prim were helping to take care of, but they did. And all 800 or so of the refugees from District 12 were moved underground in District 13.

District 13…well, it’s not at all what I expected. I don’t know what I think about it. They’re far more organized and rigid than what I’m used to and I’m unsure of their motives. Katniss met someone from District 10 who mentions that they’re merely gathering people to help grow their numbers due to a strange infertility issue. Ok, WHAT. I’m not sure that plan makes any sense at all, but I don’t blame anyone in this situation for being a bit paranoid.

Throughout all of this, Katniss is wandering around District 12 and finally is overwhelmed by it all, so she does something rather foolish: she heads for the Victors Village, which is completely undamaged. Which seems like a bad idea if there’s the possibility that someone in the Capitol is monitoring the place. But, again, I’m willing to cut her some slack after all this. There’s no way I could ever know how I would react in a similar situation because I can’t even conceive of it.

There in the house she spent a year in, she tries to organize her thoughts about her situation, at the persistent request by everyone around her to become the Mockingjay:

I must now become the actual leader, the face, the voice, the embodiment of the revolution. The person who the districts—most of which are now openly at war with the Capitol—can count on to blaze the path to victory. I won’t have to do it alone. They have a whole team of people to make me over, dress me, write my speeches, orchestrate my appearances—as if that doesn’t sound horribly familiar—and all I have to do is play my part.

WHAT THE FUCK. What??? How? Why? What does this even mean? First of all WHO IS SHE SPEAKING TO FOR THESE APPEARANCES? I don’t understand this at all. Also, SURELY THESE PEOPLE REALIZE HOW AWFULLY TRIGGERING THAT WOULD BE TO HER, RIGHT??? RIGHT??? Ok, probably not, since they never experienced that themselves. SO WHY. WHY.

Yesterday afternoon, as the door was closing behind me, I heard [President] Coin say, “I told you we should have rescued the boy first.”


This whole situation is not as exciting as I had thought it would be. As Katniss continues to fret about her involvement in the rebellion and expresses her reluctance to even be a part of it, I gotta say I side with her on this one. She just survived TWO HUNGER GAMES and Peeta is captured and possibly dead and all these people want is for her to become the mouthpiece for their cause? CAN SHE LIKE TAKE A NAP OR SOMETHING? It strikes me as frighteningly narrow and, frankly, quite rude.

Never did I think that the rebellion would piss me off. Bravo, Collins.

I’m going to skip over the return of Buttercup (WHICH IS QUITE BEAUTIFUL, I MIGHT ADD) and go right to the horrifying discovery that Katniss makes inside that house.

My nose twitches. It’s the smell. Cloying and artificial. A dab of white peeks out of a vase of dried flowers on my dresser. I approach it with cautious steps. There, all but obscured by its preserved cousins, is a fresh white rose. Perfect. Down to the last thorn and silken petal.

And I know immediately who’s sent it to me.

President Snow.

My thoughts immediately went here: OH MY GOD, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, HE’S BEHIND YOU, which is kind of irrational. But oh well. That’s not what it meant. It was merely a sign left by Snow, who anticipated that Katniss would return to her home, even for a brief moment. And as Katniss quickly returns to the hovercraft that holds Gale, we learn what that rose truly means to her:

Positioned on my dresser, that white-as-snow rose is a personal message to me. It speaks of unfinished business. It whispers, I can find you. I can reach you. Perhaps I am watching you now.

And I will leap out from this closet and drink your blood!

No, wait, ok, the vampire theory is silly. Still, that would be pretty cool, right? Mockingjay is totally secretly about vampires, right? RIGHT???

About Mark Oshiro

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337 Responses to Mark Reads ‘Mockingjay’: Chapter 1

  1. monkeybutter says:

    [youtube jYC1954VJfg youtube]

    Yay, I've been waiting to post this!

    • Meganne says:

      Katniss is Southern? My mind, she is blown!

    • theupsides says:

      I remember when I first watched this, and how much that accent blew my mind. I wonder if they'll use the accents in the movies.

      • If they don't give Katniss her accent, I will be in a RAGE.

        • xpanasonicyouthx says:

          RIGHT. SHE NEEDS IT.

          Also SUZANNE COLLINS YOU ARE ADORABLE can i give you all the hugs

          • Kate Monster says:

            SRS, when she was like "Are you ready for the first chapter of Mockingjay? and then slipped on her cute little reading glasses, I was strongly compelled to curl up with a blankie and juicebox at her feet. She is ADORABLE.

            • Gabbie says:

              Adorable yet morbidly twisted when it comes to writing books for kids. (LOVE HER)

              • theanagrace says:

                All the best kids' stories are a little dark and twisted. Have you ever read the original tales most Disney movies are based on? If you do, read The Little Mermaid with the lights on.

                • LOTRjunkie says:

                  Did you know that one of the original Sleeping Beauty stories had the Prince Charming rape Sleeping Beauty? And the original Cinderella story involved one of the stepsisters cutting off her toes and the other stepsister cut off her heel? Seriously, the original fairy tales are all kind of gruesome, especially The Little Mermaid, like you mentioned.

              • SableFlag says:

                Oh GAWHD, read her Gregor the Overlander series. SO FUCKED UP!

        • HanLin says:

          But I am definitely from the North Carolina Appalachian area and we do not talk like that- at least not to that extent. The accent that she uses is much more deep south. I realize that she is the author and must be right, but it just might not be accurate. By the way she describes the weather in District 12, it seems like it would be in the Virginia area…we should endlessly bug Collins for specifics

    • stellaaaaakris says:

      Ever since I heard Katniss had an accent, I've tried to reread the books with a slightly Southern twang – one of the only accents I can some times manage. But not well, since I can't even do the accent I'm supposed to have based on where I grew up. I wish we could hear the accents Collins intended for the other characters, then maybe we could finally place where all the Districts should be.

      Also, while Collins was introducing herself, I was reading the panels behind her and it took me a minute to realize that it didn't actually say "Charlotte was a bitch."

    • LadyLately says:

      (because, let's face it, firebombing 12? It's the Apocalypse for Katniss)

    • barnswallowkate says:

      Aww, she seems slightly nervous and it's so cute! I am loving the accent as well.

    • Ellie says:

      LOVE the Southern accent.
      But so sad that the YouTube comments are full of stupid things, omg.
      "Katniss can't have a Southern accent; she's too articulate in the narrative to be Southern." <- What the everloving fuck?

      • xpanasonicyouthx says:

        Thanks, classism.

      • monkeybutter says:

        Is it really surprising that youtube comments are utter shit? I'm so glad none of it has shown up here.

        • momigrator says:

          Probably because people that come here actually read books and are somewhat articulate, which isn't a requirement for YouTube.

      • _LilyEvans_ says:

        Wow. This is why I hate people.

      • EasyE says:

        Half the people who comment on things just do it so they can be complete asshats in annonymity.

      • Integrity1584 says:

        My mom purposefully dropped her southern accent in the 70s when she went to business school. There weren't really women in business school then and she was blonde so she didn't want three "strikes" against her (female, blonde, southern accent). I think it's sad that when people want someone to sound ignorant or dumb they make them southern (or a blonde woman).

    • zuzu says:

      Is it terrible that after being surprised that they had southern accents I thought "Ooh, Peeta's a ~southern gentleman~."

      • neineiface says:

        jlkajgklag OKAY I LOL'D.

      • That suddenly explains ALL of his behavior

      • Shanella says:

        I didn't think of that! =D Makes sense *nod* haha

      • Kate Monster says:

        He just got 3648936145 times hotter when I imagined him with an accent.

        • myownmetaphor says:

          I love that I am not the only one. I'm sorry but why can't I marry Peeta right fucking now?

          • zuzu says:

            Yup. He bakes, he paints, he's ~good~. He has a sense of humor, an accent, and a fierce devotion to the person he loves almost to the point of stupidity… Jeez make the girls love him even more Collins. Oh yeah- he also has integrity ie. not wanting to die as a piece in the Capitol's Games. *sigh*

            Let's just all marry Peeta.

            • iolchos says:

              GROUP WEDDING

            • myownmetaphor says:

              Oh, what? you just described my absolute dream man (he's cute too!). Goddamn I'd become a work of fiction for THAT

              • zuzu says:

                I wouldn't. Katniss has too much crap to deal with. Hopefully the rest of this book will be about rescuing Johanna and Peeta, who is NOT DEAD because Snow is keeping him as his own personal baker to make blood cakes for his vampirey sweet tooth, and then everyone else goes off to do the whole rebellion thing and then the rest of the book is like a bad self insert fanfiction with Peeta.

      • Gabbie says:

        No. I can imagine him with one really well, and it makes him all the more cute. Haymitch, Prim and Gale with accents? BRB LAUGHING FOREVER

        • zuzu says:

          Well I think it works for Prim and Haymitch. She's a proper southern gal and he's a gruff… man.

          • Gabbie says:

            I agree, it just makes me laugh though. (I want an cool accent so bad. I have a plain old Ohio accent — what's special or quirky about that!?)

    • Harriet says:

      She should have a Scottish accent … just kidding. I totally read it in my own voice though because I lack all the imagination, so anything else sounds odd. Do they have any idea who will play her in the movie yet? I'm still rooting for Kaya.

      • trash_addict says:

        Speaking of Kaya, everyone in the book was British to me because I started out with her as my Imaginary Katniss, so I just shifted everything else to fit that.

        Yeah, this movie is gonna blow my brain because it's stuck on that.

        • Sarah says:

          When I first read the books, I imagined everyone was British too! Even though I knew it took place in America…

    • bell_erin_a says:

      Fuck yes, Southern accents!

      Okay, I don't really have one (I say "y'all" a lot, but that's about it) but for some reason since moving to DC for college I'm all "Yeah I'm ~Southern~, I have the tiniest bit of a twang, be jealous!", which is probably some reaction to moving five hours away, oh the trauma, but anyway (although people asking me to fake a heavier accent is really quite annoying). Roundabout way of saying yay for kick-ass heroines with accents! I also love how there's no ONE Southern accent. Yeah, she has one, but it's different from the Central NC one I grew up with, which I really love. I think regional differences are just interesting, and yay, Collins!

      • cait0716 says:

        Interesting. When I moved to DC (well, Virginia outside DC), my entire family was all "Enjoy living in the south!" I still get an unpleasant surprise every time I forget that I have to order my iced tea *un*sweetened

        • bell_erin_a says:

          Haha, I think Virginia is technically the South, but it's the "is it or isn't it?" line, I think, especially the northern part of the state. DC must have a thing against sweet tea, because there's a guy on my floor from Georgia that complains all the time that all of the tea around here is unsweetened (although it's probably sweetened, just not enough to clog up your veins or something. I'm a horrible Southerner diet-wise, since I only like pork if it's in bacon form, and I prefer my tea hot, of the chai variety, and with milk and sometimes honey).

          • cait0716 says:

            I'm originally from Colorado and was taught that "south of the Mason-Dixon line is the South". I think that even puts Maryland in the South, though Virginia also has the distinction of being on *that* side in the Civil War. It's certainly not as southern as Georgia or Florida, at least geographically.

            • bell_erin_a says:

              It actually just gets really confusing once you get into the Mid-Atlantic states (and more west. There's an ongoing argument on our floor about whether or not Texas is a "Southern" state, besides in terms of geography). Guess it all depends on where you're from!

              • cait0716 says:

                I would argue that "the south" is bounded by the Mississippi River just as much as the Mason-Dixon line. Though I tend to think of it historically and in terms of the Civil War which brings its own set of baggage.

                I think Texas is really just it's own place.

                Though, being from Colorado, I also have a tendency to lump Texas together with California. As in "the goddamn Texafornians are stealing our water and then visiting our state and failing to drive on our roads when it snows the least little bit and causing all sorts of accidents"

                • Melissa says:

                  I'm from southern Delaware (Slower Lower!!), and the Mid-Atlantic states are hugely problematic in classifying as north or south. Our state pretty much divided in two during the Civil War, even though we were officially on the side of the Union. The Mason-Dixon line goes across Maryland and then down along the border of MD/DE, so we're outside of the line, but I grew up with lots of Southern influences and other locals strongly identified with the South. I now live near Seattle and no one here believes me when I describe Delaware. I'm actually in an ongoing "fight" with my German III class about whether or not I grew up in the South.

                • Hail fellow person from Colorado! (Funny that your name is Cait, since my name is Caitlin!) 😛

                  Completely random, I know.

              • iolchos says:


              • Lindsey says:

                I'm from Texas, and maybe Texas isn't "geographically" southern, but culture-wise, we are ~definitely~ southern. Just saying.

        • monkeybutter says:

          Ha, that reminds me of the supposed "Sweet Tea Line." I'm from the Maryland side of DC, and I was shocked when I found out that McDonald's served sweet tea in the south (before it went nationwide). DC is the South to northerners and the North to southerners. I like being in the middle!

    • _LilyEvans_ says:

      I just want to applaud Collins here. I've lived in the Appalachians my entire life, and the fact that she made her heroine Appalachian is wonderful.
      I'm not sure that people know the sort of discrimination that takes place towards myself and other people here. I live in a resort area, and you wouldn't believe the seemingly innocent comments that are directed towards the natives every day. I learned very early on to adopt a generic accent when speaking with other people b/c it brought a lot of attention. Most of the time it wouldn't be any worse than "oh, your accent is so cute! Say something Southern!" but you get really tired of it fairly quickly. The worst part is people who assume you are stupid because of the way you talk. I got made fun of and teased about it until I learned to judge my surroundings and act accordingly. I can't tell you how many times I've had to hold my tongue when someone says something insulting.
      It's one of the main reasons that I'm getting my Masters in Appalachian Studies. To try and bring a bit of understanding about a culture that is incredibly rich and widely misunderstood.

      Anyway, that was a tl;dr way of saying that I love that Collins chose someone as seemingly unlikely as Katniss for this, and showed that it was the right decision all along.
      Plus her accent is spot on. She's missing some of the more obvious colloquialisms, but they're hard to write.
      Is Collins from the area?

    • easilyentranced says:

      Wow, that was fantastic. I'm so stoked Katniss has that accent. It never occurred to me before that she would, but it totally fits! <3

    • readmeatune says:

      Oh I love this accent, its like walkin out and talkin to my neighbors, except my neighbors are way more southern sounding than this.
      YEAH SOUTH!!! and GO VOLS!!! <~~ don't hate on the Vols ya'll, its been a rough couple of years

      • _LilyEvans_ says:

        lol what part of TN are you from?
        And IA, she's got the dropped g's spot on, along with the musicality of the accent.

        • readmeatune says:

          Born and raised in Knoxville, TN and currently a UT student. I'll probably never leave this area. Can't beat it with a stick.

          • _LilyEvans_ says:

            Dude, that's awesome! I'm from Western NC. And my mom's family is from Kingsport.
            I'm applying to UT's Ph.D. program when I finish my MA.

      • coughdrop says:

        holy shit, there be tennesseans on this board! I'm originally from Nashville but moved very far away about six months ago so I can not tell you how much hearing about the Vols warmed my heart. I don't really care about them but I care about people who care about them. <333

    • feminerdist says:

      Katniss with a southern accent, and Peeta as a southern gentleman! I love it. And I agree with what everone else said earlier. Him being a southern gentleman makes all his actions make total sense.

      Confession: it's actually sorta hard for me to get my mind around Applacia being considered the south. Technically, yes I know it is, but I'm from Louisiana, where anything north of Georgia is considered "yankee." So I dunno, that thought just amuses me.

      • _LilyEvans_ says:

        Technically, we don't consider ourselves Southern. At least not true Appalachians. It's a VERY different culture and set of priorities. Little known fact, Applachia sided with the North during the Civil War, and thus got bombarded from both sides. Raids and pillaging from both the North and the South.

    • Lady X says:

      The fact that Collins, has 12 be Applachia,Virginia really makes me go all gooey,because I live in Va, and my grandmothers side of the family are from Appalachia! ( They were also coal miners I kid you NOT!!!)

    • Julia says:

      YAY! Also Katniss sounds WVian. Woot woot! WV ROCKS!
      Also people who have accents are NOT NECESSISARILY ANY CLASS OR DUMBER BECAUSE OF IT!!!!

  2. Jenesaispas21 says:

    Can I just say how much I love you for your reaction to the 438 people who highlighted that passage??? I laughed right out loud here at work. Because it's totally true that people glom onto the melodramatic (hello, I'm talking to you, certain fanfiction authors, lol), and it makes me want to tear my hair out. Bravo for calling it out! ~*buddies on the astral plane*~

  3. barnswallowkate says:

    Yeah, the whole thing about having people to dress her, write her speeches, etc makes me creeped out. Is this just Capitol 2.0? I wish Katniss could run off and live alone in the woods now and not have to deal this crap.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      It's creepy and I really like that Collins put it there, to parallel the two government systems.

      • bookling says:

        You expect District 13 to be this magical place full of rainbows and butterflies, but then you find that it's really not that different than the Capitol. Poor Katniss.

    • Shanella says:

      I liked the parallel with District 13 and the Capitol. It's really messed up that they are using her, but it's also an interesting argument — means to an end?

  4. Andrew says:

    That sentence about the rose gave me chills. Why does he smell like blood? Why are there roses? What is the significance? WHY? WHYYYYY?
    I barely even looked at the sentences in this book, just grabbed occasional words to keep track of the plot as I flicked through the pages at a ridiculous pace.


    Sorry, I'm not even a cat person, but I adore that mangy cat. Maybe because he sort of reminds me of Crookshanks?
    If I were Katniss I'd so be looking for Hogwarts at this point. Screw District 13, go be a Witch and eat fizzing whizbees and stuff. This plan is foolproof!

    This opening chapter sort of danced between dull and poignant, for me. I hate infodumps in the worst way, so I was unfairly biased from the start.

    The thing that gripped me was Katniss having all of the meds shoved down her throat. As a teen I had out-of-control seizures thanks to a closed-head injury, and going between being a zombie and a hyper-emotional wreck had me feeling like I had no grip on reality. I couldn't deal with the trauma because I couldn't access my emotions in a healthy way at all. I haven't had ptsd, but I have had other traumas that made me understand a little bit of her numbness.

  6. monkeybutter says:

    Why yes, Mark, I am having a lovely almost-noon watching the snow and news about Egypt (is the NDP HQ on fire? Is Hildawg gonna say anything better than Biden? ETA- No, nor am I surprised), so the first chapter of Mockingjay fits in nicely. It's a bit frivolous and melodramatic, and it's a bit serious and rage-inducing.

    Seriously, using her as your revolutionary symbol, then blowing her off and essentially saying saving her life was a waste?

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    Honestly, Coin, how do you think being an asshole is going to help? Collins is doing a great job making you question authority.

    I was actually pleased to see what District 13 was, because it was what I pictured in my head as soon as it was hinted it was still there.

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  8. bell_erin_a says:

    Heh heh, I'm glad you're having fun poking fun at the first chapter. It won't last long.

    They have a whole team of people to make me over, dress me, write my speeches, orchestrate my appearances—as if that doesn’t sound horribly familiar—and all I have to do is play my part.
    FUCKING HELL. WHAT. WHY. Can't the girl ever have a say in her own damn life??
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    *Snerk* President Coin. I'm sorry, I CAN'T TAKE YOU GUYS VERY SERIOUSLY WITH NAMES LIKE COIN AND SNOW (as ~strong leaders~, that is. I take the fact that both of you are assholes very seriously). And speaking of which, that rose is creepy. Thanks, dude. Coin, you're not helping. "We should have saved Peeta first"?! Yeah, well you chose to get Katniss instead (I'm still mad about Peeta, but WE WOULDN'T WANT TO SAVE KATNISS BECAUSE SHE'D BE MUCH BETTER OFF IN THE HANDS OF THE CAPITOL, Y/Y?), plus she's the one who actually blew up the arena, so how about you shut up, let her live her life without manipulating her, and DEAL WITH IT.

    Alright, this is why I love prediction time. Hell yeah, D12 in the first chapter, and Buttercup! Which one of y'all predicted Buttercup would be back? Because I give both you and Mark a high five on the astral plane!

    I'd never put the numbers together, but holy shit. 7,000 people dead from D12? Also, I had no idea that the district was even that big! Plus I think it's one of the smallest districts. How many people does a district like 11 have??

      Yes, but it allows for awesome hypothetical dialogue like "Katniss is too shell-shocked to be a good little Mockingjay? Coin is gonna FLIP!" and "This rose doesn't scare me. Killing the President will be SNOW PROBLEM."

    • neineiface says:

      Kinda makes me wonder, though, and since I'm too lazy to check – is 12 supposed to be the smallest district by area or population? Because that would explain why there's 7000 people dead and it seems like a large number for the smallest district (or one of them.)

      • amandajane5 says:

        I'm not sure about area, but in the first book when describing the reaping Katniss says that the 8000 people of District 12 barely fit in the square, so we do have a population estimate from the beginning.

    • andreah1234 says:

      Thumbs up for Joseph Gordon-Levitt on (500) Days of Summer Gif. Pretty much express my feelings for this books. And I might imagine that the plates are characters heads. But whatever.

      Coin and Snow are pretty funny names for characters that tent to ruin everything, but I think that was intentional. They're still not as bad as Reneesme or Albus Severus.

    • Shanella says:

      I love that gif. That's my fave gif in all the interwebz. so off topic, I know.

    • Tabbyclaw says:

      The names in this book remind me of the TWoP recap of the Firefly pilot: "Book? Wash? River? What, do we just run out of names in the future?"

    • Revolution64 says:

      "500 Days of Summer" gif! Yay!

  9. stellaaaaakris says:

    Go, Gadget, go! I might have the Inspector Gadget theme song on my ipod. Might. And the Doug theme song. Possibly. I miss my childhood.

    Thank you, Collins, for crushing my soul so quickly as we start Mockingjay. Wouldn't want to have any hope, would we?

    You killed Cinna. He just gets a tiny 1/3 of a paragraph and then he's dead. I wanted a whole rescue scene, where they got Johanna, Peeta and Cinna out of the Capitol, but Cinna's been hurt beyond repair. I wanted Katniss to come to his bedside and they talk and then he dies holding her hand. But then Katniss decides to become the Mockingjay while tears were streaming down her face. I wanted to mourn him, dammit!

    And Peeta's family is gone, too. I wanted his mother alive so I could yell at her through the book for not appreciating her son. I wanted his father to stay alive because he seemed pretty awesome. I'd have appreciated his brothers to survive as well so I could learn their names (come on Katniss, you've got to know their names by this point). Peeta is busy being tortured by the Capitol, I'm sure, and you kill off his family back home. All in the first 15 pages. Thanks.

    But Gale, I've got to give you your due. I don't like you, but getting people to the lake and saving them…props, man, props.

    Little things I thought about during this chapter: District 12 is (was :'() a lot bigger than I had thought. About 8000 people. I had always been under the impression it was 1000 or so. Also, based on the prediction post and how much Harry Potter talk there was, I realized they don't ever talk about HP or books in general. Then I remembered HP is about an ordinary boy endowed with great power by somebody else who finds himself leading a rebellion against a murderous, oppressive force and succeeds. Other books would show freedom and choice and things like that. And we can't have that, can we, Snow? People might get ideas.

    • Hermione_Danger says:

      Then I remembered HP is about an ordinary boy endowed with great power by somebody else who finds himself leading a rebellion against a murderous, oppressive force and succeeds. Other books would show freedom and choice and things like that. And we can't have that, can we, Snow? People might get ideas.

      50000 points for whatever house you're in.

    • neineiface says:

      I have the theme song in my head now.

      And it's awesome.

    • andreah1234 says:

      Go, Gadget, go! I might have the Inspector Gadget theme song on my ipod. Might. And the Doug theme song. Possibly. I miss my childhood.

      I do have the Doug theme song. And I'm not even embarrassed of it. I also have the Hey Arnold and Pinky and the Brain ones. I AM A CHILD. Pander to me.

    • iolchos says:

      also really wanting to know more about Peeta by now gosh damnit :/

      I mean supposedly he had more of a social life than Katniss ever did and despite him spending every waking moment with her in Catching Fire, SHE NEVER REALLY ASKS WHAT THE HELL, WOMAN (and I'm still peeved we didn't get some amazing awkward Mellark family dinner where his mom calls Katniss a skank and she makes out with Peeta at the table just to piss her off, I mean REALLY NOW. Oh fanfic. You fulfiller of broken dreams, you.)

      /end rant

    • pennylane27 says:

      I have wondered about all the aspects of culture that we don't really see. Do they have writers, poets, artists, actors, etc in the Districts, or is it only in the Capitol? If so, do the Districts get access to these books/films/etc? When the apocalypse happened, did they save the great works of "our" time? Did they have a book-burning squad a la Fahrenheit 451? Is there some sort of underground society that preserves said books etc?

      These are all very important questions

      • iolchos says:

        also, you know, I've never heard anyone in the first two books talk about religion

      • LOTRjunkie says:

        I don't think think that kind of thing gets mentioned, because Katniss is the type of person who would be all "Books? Fuck books, I need to find FOOD." Other than useful books, like the one of plants that she was working on with Peeta. And it seems like the Capitol would have the kinds of films that they had in Fahrenheit 451- pointless and mindlessly entertaining.

      • Hanh says:

        They better be burning Twilight but that seems just like the kind of story the Capitol wouldn't mind keeping around. What's this? A tale of a young woman giving up all her freedom to someone else? I approve.

  10. Blabbla says:

    "They’re far more organized and rigid than what I’m used to and I’m unsure of their motives. "

    Do they need a motive other than "not getting nuked by the capitol"?

    Also, Mark? Don't turn around too quickly, in case they bite, but there are Scientology ads on your page O_O

  11. theupsides says:


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  12. pennylane27 says:

    I need to start rereading Mockingjay right now. I was in such a frenzy that I don't remember half the stuff that happened, though that could be denial. And I don't remember what happens when, so I will refrain from commenting for fear of spoilers. Will come back when read first chapter again.

    • bookling says:

      Me too! I'm in danger of accidentally spoiling things because I don't remember in what order everything happens. I'm just like, "OH YEAH EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE THANKS SUZANNE COLLINS."

  13. zuzu says:

    Ok, I think it's time for me to stop making bad jokes.

    No keep making jokes we need them to lighten the mood.

    Annnnnnnnnnnnddddd now I’ve lost all my readers.

    Nope. Still here. For me what makes that sentence silly is the word "swoop." Also why is Gale on the super high tech flying machine. To monitor Katniss? A pilot or crew member could be doing that crap.

    Ok, enough poking fun at this. Let’s get to the real shit.

    No I don't want to go to the real shit. It's sad.
    Amazingly relevant gifs as always.
    Whoa you did the math. *is impressed* *is now horrified by what the numbers mean*
    800 is a small group if it means that it's out of 7,000. He got 1% of the population out. Yay now I did math <s>but it's probably wrong</s>.
    Buttercup?! WHERE'S WESTLEY??????? I don't remember the scene with the cat tbh.
    Ohhh. a "white-as-snow rose". . . be a bit more creative Snow.

    • zuzu says:

      oops I didn't strike that last part out. Will it work now because I feel silly

    • Blabbla says:

      Actually, I think it said that he got 10% out, somewhere.

      • zuzu says:

        Thanks. I'm not reading along anymore so I don't know the details of what's happening. And now that I think about it I was really off on doing the math. 800/7,000 is not one percent. If I did it right this time then he saved 11.4% of the population. Or maybe I should stop attempting to do math since it's been a year since I've had a math class.

  14. I wish Hogwarts was real.
    Don't we all.

    a post-modern Inspector Gadget. Annnnnnnnnnnnddddd now I’ve lost all my readers. Great.
    Any reader who leaves at the phrase "post-modern Inspector Gadget" probably doesn't belong here anyway. SHUN THE INFIDELS.

    (For the record, this happened just a mere FIFTEEN MINUTES after the Games ended. Fifteen minutes!!!)
    Sounds like they had a strike force ready. For District 12 or any district, I don't know. I couldn't really figure out the geography of Panem and how the Capitol was able to act so quickly.

    Mockingjay is totally secretly about vampires, right? RIGHT???

    • Hanh says:

      It was probably just for District 12 for Katniss. I'm sure if Beetee actually managed to get the knife through the force field, they'd still have bombed District 12.

  15. mugglemomof2 says:

    I wish Hogwarts was real.

    Don't we all my friend…don't we all.

    • andreah1234 says:

      WAIT. YOU MEAN IT ISN'T REAL??!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      Just keep crushing my soul.. 🙁

      • Emily says:

        It is. I got my Hogwarts letter yesterday.

        • theanagrace says:

          Awww, I'm torn between being happy for you and being sad that mine didn't come *cough twelve years ago cough*. Stupid owls, so unreliable.

          • prideofportree says:

            12 years ago, that'd make you a first-year in 1998.
            So you'd be at Hogwarts at the same time as Hermione (who retook her year then, I think)

            • theanagrace says:

              Cool! I hadn't thought of it that way. From the wiki, it says she was born in 1979, the same year as my oldest brother (a muggle through and through), but since I started reading the series when I was 11, and JK released about a book a year for 1-4, I've always thout of myself as the same age as the characters.

              You think they'd let me do my classes by post from Canada? I'm really far behind.

    • myownmetaphor says:

      Not gonna lie, I just thought about how I'm never gonna get to go to Hogwarts and teared up. How am I a real person?

      • pennylane27 says:

        I actually die a little inside every time I think about this. We real people demand a fictional magic school right now!

        • andreah1234 says:

          I don't even know what I'm going to do when the movies are over. The only good thing about that it's that the Twilight ones will be over as well.

          I WANT MY SIRIUS NOW. And magic would be cool too.

          … What? /wrong priorities.

          • pennylane27 says:

            This will be me from the opening credits all the way to the closing credits: Just picture every sobbing-person-gif you've ever seen. And I mean ugly sobbing.

            Priorities? Funny, that word isn't in my vocabulary.

          • paulineparadise says:


  16. Elizabeth says:


    But we love it when you stick your foot in your mouth! It's part of the charm… we all had crazy thoughts the first time we read them, so it's fun hearing what thoughts you have in the same situation! MORE FOOT IN MOUTH COMMENTS PLEASE.

  17. mugglemomof2 says:

    Yes. it is crazy how real and sad this book starts off.

    Homer—–> Stitch gif's made me LOL

  18. andreah1234 says:


    In other news, LOL Mark I love how you're pocking at this chapter because, IT WON'T LAST LONG. Collins has a way of fucking everything up.


    Gale, U R VERY SMART. Not the best person in the world but very smart. And Dictrict 12 🙁 🙁 Poor people. AND MADGE!!!!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁 Now Kat is really alone (well she has Gale, but whatever, I think he is busy BEING A REBEL AND SHIT).

    Gifs= Awesome as usual.

  19. Emily Crnk says:

    THE MADNESS BEGINS. I read this book months ago, and I still am not prepared. Be afraid Mark, be very afraid.

  20. Ellen says:

    Team Inspector Gale? >.>

  21. ohheyitsalliek says:

    So, if District 12 only had 7,000 or so people and it was one of the smallest, I wonder how big the larger districts are? It's interesting that there haven't been more uprisings in the bigger ones before everything in CF, unless we just don't know about them (esp. with higher concentrations of people). The use of fear and subordination (right word??) by Snow is incredible.

    Has Snow been President for the whole 75 years of Hunger Games? Dude has some longevity.

  22. Hermione_Danger says:



  23. neineiface says:

    I've read Mockingjay twice now, and lemme tell you, it doesn't matter how many times you read the fucking book YOU WILL NEVER EVER EVER EVER BE PREPARED.


    Let's leave it at that.

  24. neineiface says:

    also can i just say that i'm unlurking for Mockingjay?

    I want to be re.unprepared with you guys.

    • theanagrace says:

      Huzzah! Comments for everyone!

      I personally lurked the book 7 if MRHP, after I had caught up, and then made myself an intensedebate profile just so I could join in! Feels good, doesn't it?

  25. I loved the beginning of this book – Collins gives us (and Katniss) no rest.

    The passage where Katniss walks around thinking, "I killed you…and you….and you…" I thought that was so sad 🙁

    I was also really surprised by the way District 13 behaved. I expected…well…it's kinda silly, but you do expect them to kind of swoop in and save the day, don't you? Being all warm and fuzzy and super-duper, but hey, Collins has never been a timid writer; she throws everything back in our faces. She made District 13 this rigid, cold place run by Coin, who within a few lines makes you snarl at her on the astral plane. That all seriously took me by surprise. I remember reading this first chapter and being like "….oh"

    Oooh I'm bouncing with excitement over this 😀

  26. stellacarolyn says:

    Yes, I agree, she's got PTSD. As do most of them. It just manifests in different ways. I continue to say that Harry Potter and The Hunger Games would be an excellent example of using books to help kids in treatment for PTSD and other results of developmental trauma.

  27. thefbm says:

    Anyone else get a bad taste in their mouth for District 13?

    This is the saddest chapter so far in this series….over 7000 people dead, probably more in other districts, Peeta could be dead. Same with Cinna and who knows the other tributes. And Katniss is sort of the cause of all this…..
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  28. Andrea says:

    I love how Katniss acknowledges that the leaders of the rebellion are treating her just like the capital when it comes to drugging her against her will. I know we've all talked about the similarity quite a bit in the comments, but it really was refreshing to know that Katniss sees it too and shes not ok with it.

  29. Treasure Cat says:

    I like this as an opening chapter. We left Catching Fire on such an action high, even though it drops us in the deep end emotion-wise, there's a great sense of calm that's like 'retaking a country doesnt happen in a day'.
    Also, I was reading this whilst eating my dinner and didnt look where the fork was going properly, completely missed my mouth and tipped gnocchi in tomato sauce down my shirt. Well done Treasure >.<

  30. Not_Prepared says:

    Da nana na na Inspector Gaaaale… Sorry. I had to.

  31. Shanella says:

    "I use the Kindle app on my iPad to read. It has a neat feature that allows you to see passages highlighted by 50 or more other readers. It’s nice to see what other people find significant in a book. Those three sentences were highlighted by 438 people. And to those 438 people, I say: REALLY"

    I love reading on the kindle and seeing the pop highlights. Most of the time I think the exact same thing. ORLY?? You find THAT interesting? *moving on*

    I'm glad we're on this book … looking forward to seeing what happens and what you think.

    • bluejay says:

      I finally had to turn off the popular highlights. They annoyed me too much and nobody else ever highlights things that I think are interesting and it makes me sad.

      • xpanasonicyouthx says:

        I just finished Dave Eggers' Zeitoun in about a week (HOLY SHIT IT'S SO GOOD) using the Kindle app. And every highlighted passage was fantastic. It helps that the book is pretty much flawless.

  32. monkeybutter says:

    I think WV is a good compromise, because Western PA could also work, aside from the accent (which I'm pretty sure is meant to be Appalachian, because it's rhotic and she lives in the mountains, haha).

  33. SusanBones says:

    This is a really depressing beginning. Katniss is being drugged and isn’t sure of what is real and what isn’t. I expected her to not know what happened to Peeta, but I was surprised that she didn’t feel safe in her new place.
    District 13 is a disappointment. Somehow I pictured it to be more normal, with people living in houses above the ground. I guess I didn’t realize that it would still be vulnerable from attack by the Capital with their hovercraft.

    Creepiest scene in the chapter was President Snow’s rose waiting for Katniss in her bedroom. She is still under watch. No wonder she gets depressed.

  34. residentgamer says:

    I guess I expected the rebellion to be nicer ( maybe?) to Katniss. i was sort of pissed when she talked about appearances and make overs. WTF? *sigh*

  35. easilyentranced says:

    Lol, Inspector Gale. I love how your mind works, Mark. Never change!

  36. Jess says:

    One thing that makes it so creepy for me is that Panem destroyed the coal mines when they bombed District 12. Didn't avoid them, didn't try to stop the flames, just let them burn. If the coal means so little to the capital then WHY DO THEY MAKE PEOPLE STARVE WHILE MINING THEM?? Hi there 8k people, we want you so little we hope you die of black lung. <shudders>

  37. bluejay says:

    In addition to all of the disappointment in District 13 and general sadness, my main thought from this chapter is this:
    If they make a Mockingjay movie, I really want Buttercup to show up carrying a dead mouse. Because that would imply that he has not been eating humans. Man-eating cat scares me.

  38. arnenieberding says:


    Probably not, but I told you I accidentally read the first chapter of Mockingjay instead of Catching Fire. HA, INTERNET TRICKING ME.

    I got spoiled massively. UGH. At least she didn't mention that many specifics of the Games… But I did read about Cinna, Peeta, the destruction of district 12 and the resistance in 13. I kept on thinking "Okay Collins, you're making a huge mistake here by having this as an intro to a very long flashback". Apparently I expected her to do that xD



    • Shanella says:

      oh no, that had to be horrible, having Catching Fire spoilt like that!

      • xpanasonicyouthx says:

        WHAT. omg you read the wrong book??? HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN.

        • arnenieberding says:

          I googled "read catching fire online". Opened website "Read the first two chapters of Catching Fire online!". Little did I know that the page got updated to include "FIRST TWO CHAPTERS" of Mockingjay as well.

          Well, kids. One thing to learn out of this:


  39. hallowsnothorcruxes says:

    i thought this was a really well written chapter but i'm just really surprised that they let katniss go back to district 12. like we just learned, snow knows they might come back and may have planned an ambush or something. i mean, why take the risk?

  40. Robin says:


    I mean, her guilt is a totally understandable response and I'm sure I would feel the same. But dammit, I don't want Katniss to be sad. :'(

  41. Kate Monster says:

    She got it from Hot Topic. That's where Hermione does all her shopping, you know.

    • erin says:

      As Tara Gillesby would have you believe. 😛

      • LOTRjunkie says:

        Excuse me, I think you mean that "Bloody Mary" does her shopping (which no longer includes Gryffindor merchandise) at Hot Topic. Or other "goffic" stores. Obviously not poser or prep stores.

  42. monkeybutter says:

    Agreed. I'd rather they not do it than have it turn into a parody or sound like Gone with the Wind.

  43. jennywildcat says:

    "However, here in Mockingjay, Collins doesn’t ever seem to take me out of Katniss’s experience inside District 12. As Katniss moves throughout her home and the town she grew up in, she uses the silence and despair to reflect on the past month. Essentially, to me, it feels natural."

    This is where I think Collins' background in writing for TV shines. The way I picture this scene playing out in the Mockingjay movie (MAKE IT HAPPEN, LIONSGATE!!) is Katniss surveying the devastation. As she looks around at certain parts of District 12, the film cuts to a flashback of Peacekeepers and what-have-you bombing the snot out of the place. Then, we go back to Katniss – back to the attack on 12 – and so on. It's a very well-executed and seamless way to bring us up to speed of what's been going on since the Quarter Quell ended.

    And the rose in the house?? OMG – GET OUT OF THERE, KATNISS!!

    (Mark, please keep up the jokes because, quite frankly, you are a genius.)

  44. Mauve_Avenger says:

    I think the only issue I have with the flashbacks here is when Katniss starts talking about Beetee and Finnick. Probably part of it is that I never really *felt* the Finnick/Annie relationship. (It struck me earlier that as far as we know, Katniss doesn't even have reason to assume that Finnick's Annie is Annie Cresta the would-be tribute. Peeta assumed it was, but Finnick seemingly hasn't talked about it to anyone yet. Katniss's confidence in saying that Annie is a mentally unstable woman who's the only person Finnick truly loves is kind of baffling to me.)

    I suppose the rest of my discomfort with that section might be down to the slight tone change; compared to her talking about stress and claustrophobia and hallucinations and walking through the ruins of her old home, talking about what Beetee and Finnick are up to right now (even if it's weeping and being "not really firebrand material") makes it sound a bit like an A Team Montage to me.

    On another note: I really liked that our introduction to Peeta's current status took the form of (paraphrasing) "Peeta was taken prisoner; he is thought to be dead; most likely he is dead; it's probably for the best if he's dead." Mostly because it reminds me so much of Everything is Illuminated with its lipstick messages, like "You are Yankel. You love Brod."

  45. Karen says:

    Never did I think that the rebellion would piss me off. Bravo, Collins.
    RIGHT? But I love it. I love that Collins's world isn't split into black and white. Like, the rebellion is against the pitol, so it's obviously good, right? But yet they're still treating Katniss like an object, like a piece of meat that they can fashion into whatever the want for their own gain. Katniss still isn't being treated like a human being with real feelings.

  46. kaybee42 says:

    THE CAT!I totally freaking called it! when he popped up I was all "TRELAWNEY IN THE HOUSE MOTHER FUCKERRRRRRRRRRR"
    I feel like my predictions are a success now, no matter what happens!
    "My thoughts immediately went here: OH MY GOD, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, HE’S BEHIND YOU" METOO!
    I'm still mildly creeped out by it, tbh! President Snow is creeeeeeeeeeepy!

  47. momigrator says:

    What creeps me out is WHY they are letting Katniss roam free. I mean, they must know she would've gone back to 12, so why don't they have a person permanently stationed there to capture her? Maybe they WANT her to be free for some reason, and if that is the case then WHY? This cannot be a good thing.

  48. Liza says:

    First of all, I'm glad you pointed out that you were mad at the Rebellion, and that she was amazing for actually setting up a situation that you would be mad…I felt *the same way*…reminds me of Dr. Horrible, that it takes a lot to feel sorry for a guy who seeks murder and world domination and, well, evil.


  49. Amy says:


    *only nonspoilery thought I possess*

  50. Kripa says:

    Cherry Jones as Coin, Gregory Itzin as Snow. Discuss.

    • msfeasance says:

      Cherry Jones was exactly who I thought of, so much that I thought "No way she wasn't watching the last season of 24 while writing this," but I've always thought of Snow as Keith Carradine.
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      • Kripa says:

        IDK man, Snow totally reminded me of Charles Logan, what with the smarminess. That actor was also in Firefly! He played that dude who gave his 26 year old son a hard time for still being a virgin and barged in on his son's session with Inara, being all "What are you pouring tea for, deflower him already"
        Yuckyyyyyy. Gregory Itzin can convey yuck really really well.

    • myownmetaphor says:

      Did not even know that Cherry Jones was Cherry Jones until I just googled her but HOLY FUCK THAT WAS THE WOMAN IN MY HEAD WHEN I READ MOCKINGJAY.

    • Saber says:


    • iolchos says:

      sorry but Hermione Norris as Coin.

  51. The Capitol executes Gamemakers to make examples of them. The Peacekeepers clearly were not keeping the damn peace. Collateral damage is more than acceptable.

  52. Kripa says:

    Also, what about Portia? What happened to her? Is she still alive? Prisoner? Carrying on her probably-dead colleague's brilliance?

  53. Kripa says:

    Alternately, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Coin. I just really really like Shohreh Aghdashloo. Even more than Christina Hendricks.

  54. Pk9 says:

    So I wrote down my reactions in a Word document back in August, and I never got to share them because that "Hunger Games Readalong" only had one blog for Mockingjay and everyone stopped commenting. I don't have a reaction for every chapter, but the ones that I do have I will post here. These are as fresh as Mark's reactions:

    Chapter 1
    Holy crap Katniss is in a dark place. I’m guessing much of the first 9 chapters will be her emotionally trying to figure out what it is that is worth fighting for. Harry Potter’s got her pwned there.

    Why’d they cut the electricity before dropping the bombs? They could have kept everyone inside to die. I’m really surprised to find out Gale really got them all out after chapter 26 of Catching Fire, I thought they would have gotten out sooner.

  55. Randomcheeses says:

    President Snow: Well on his way to being the creepiest person ever.

    Seriously, in the movie he'll probably end up being played by Tim Curry and oozing evil charm.

    • simply_shipping says:

      Oh god, I would hate if that happens. Because I have serious Draco in Leather Pants issues with everybody Tim Curry plays, and I don't want to think of Snow like that. D: He would totally do great at it, though.

    • Tabbyclaw says:

      I'm not sure if even Tim Curry could make Snow awesome. He's kind of a weak and uninteresting villain, and he comes off more as a very petty sociopath than as a terrifying and powerful dictator.

      • Randomcheeses says:

        Ah, miscommunication here , I think. Tim Curry would be awesome, because he would automatically make the character of Snow ten times creepier. Snow himself would not be awesome. Just really, really creepy.

    • iolchos says:

      Tim Curry will forever be Long John Silver to me. <3

  56. blessthechildren says:

    I want PEETA to come back.

    I want to not be in the middle of a Holocaust.

    I want to kill Snow. >:(

    • myownmetaphor says:

      Yeah I had some major issues with the Holocaust imagery. Well not issues as wanting to weep forever. My grandfather was an Auschwitz survivor and I've always had a real issue reading/watching anything Holocaust-related. But the idea of ash everywhere made from human flesh horrifies me to no end. I can deal with the idea that 7000 fictional people who were not fleshed out at. all. died, but the fact that Katniss has to see their charred remains and steps on one of their skulls I can't deal with. I sort of don't want this to be in the movie because I think it'd be kind of embarrassing if I burst into tears at the very first scene.

  57. Tabbyclaw says:

    You know why that passage is funny? BECAUSE IT'S A FREAKING SILENT HOVERCRAFT FROM NOWHERE. They are inherently ridiculous.

  58. prideofportree says:


    That's about it.

    No, one more thing: Buffy killing Snow y/y?

  59. myownmetaphor says:

    It's The Capitol. They don't give a fuck.

  60. myownmetaphor says:

    I cannot see the gif you posted for Peeta but oh God just his name. Endless tears are endless

  61. syntheticjesso says:


    Awwww, but half the fun is watching you gnaw on your ankle!

  62. delial says:

    can i just mention the curious fact that stephanie meyer is quoted on the cover of the spanish edition im reading? I dont see this on the cover of the english ver. but perhaps its on the back.


    perhaps she'll learn a thing or two about writing, or at least storytelling, from reading THG (if she in fact did). meh.


  63. Phoebe says:


  64. Hotaru-hime says:

    Ugh, this book. There is no happy.

  65. myownmetaphor says:

    That is the appropriate gif to explain my feelings about Peeta at this point.

    • myownmetaphor says:

      Why did you suddenly appear right here? Now like I look like a crazy double commenter. Uggghhhhh

    • myownmetaphor says:

      Must we think about that?! Are we not crying enough already?

      Unless….. are you suggesting Effie is a traitor?

      • LoonyLu says:

        No! I can't ever believe Effie would be a traitor, (I have a soft spot for Effie FYI) I was just curious since Katniss didn't talk about her? Is she in the Capitol…District 13… living with the wolves? I don't know but I MISS HER!

      • myownmetaphor says:

        You should delete this

        • booksinbulk says:


          next time i would definitely appreciate being told why, rather than told TO, because i'm always going to want to be part of the community and not spoiling it for anyone, especially mark. sometimes people don't realize that what they are saying is spoiling, even in the slightest way. i'd just rather be quickly told why, even if a private message, so i know! 🙂 and definitely told why and given a chance to do so before being downvoted. i understand being down voted for intentionally spoiling/doing something wrong, but i fully admitted i didn't remember aspects of the book and was commenting solely from a point of non-knowledge, and that should count for something.

    • Gabbie says:

      SANTANA!! <3

  66. PaulineParadise says:

    I don’t know if this picture has been posted already but pictures don’t show on my ipod I am disappoint apple that you can’t make img src tags work.

  67. Quizzical says:

    i give a hearty "YES! THAT'S EXACTLY HOW I REACTED!" to everything in this review. (except i've not suffered from ptsd. everything except for that).


    it's interesting how things that i felt very critical of in the first book, here i just accept and believe. (so far as writing style or pacing or w/e).

  68. myownmetaphor says:

    Ummm so I commented and it got eaten.

    This gif is shows perfectly my thoughts of Peeta in the hands of The Capitol. This is just something that should not be allowed at all.

  69. Eponizzle says:


    LOLing all over the place. Truefax.

  70. Revolution64 says:

    "I wish Hogwarts was real."

    I was really pissed when I turned eleven and Hagrid didn't bust my door down.

  71. LoonyLu says:

    Did anyone else think it is kind of funny about how we are reading about Panem having a revolution and the same thing is going on in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen?

  72. theanagrace says:

    Luckily, mine only shows one for an iPad, and one for Rifftrax, two things of which I heartily approve.

  73. theanagrace says:

    Madge, Cinna, Wiress and Co. are in District 14. 14's main export is Grade-A Denial, and their ruling council is headed by Sirius, Remus, Tonks and Fred. I'm hoping my immigration papers go through soon, it's cold and lonely out here!

    Oh, and those things you mentioned are hella-creepy, and I will now have nightmares forever about them placing Katniss into some sort of forcible breeding program by D13 so they never run out of figureheads. Or cloning her without her consent and they have dozens of vats of Katniss look-alikes just waiting to be decanted as needed. Guh! I now have permanent heebie-jeebies.

  74. Gabbie says:

    No mention of Cinna!? :@ *is hurt*

  75. Harry says:


    I am so in love with the fact that Harry still infiltrates all your thoughts and reviews. Mine too, for all time.

  76. theresa1128429 says:

    Inspector Gale!!!
    I am also partial to all of the comments about Buttercup eating corpses and the never ending HP references.
    I don't like what I've heard about D13. Rebellion against the rebellion against the capitol anyone?
    And lastly, I WANT MY WIFEY JOHANNA BACK!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. iolchos says:

    Katniss met someone from District 10 who mentions that they’re merely gathering people to help grow their numbers due to a strange infertility issue. Ok, WHAT
    WHO ELSE??

  78. finnickodair says:

    Oh, God. It's like it's the beginning of the end….


    And that is due to several things.
    1. Mockingjay means it's almost over : (
    2. Cinnaaaaa and Peetaaaaa
    3. Plus Katniss totally blows off Bonnie and Twill, she's like "psshhh, you idiots couldn't survive in the woods for a week… YOU DERSERVED TO DIE!"

  79. t09yavorski says:

    I planned to post this right when the sadness started. I forgot it started so soon.

    But Collins has dragged us down to the Temple of DOOOOOOOM

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    ( source)

    Try to prepare Mark. Even though its impossible.

  80. RainaWeather says:


  81. lisra says:

    "Good" to see Katniss reacts in the way I wanted after the last Catching Fire chapter. Anything else would be just wrong.

    "I hate everyone now." And rightly so. "Rude" is a term I'd never use to describe that, but it fits.. it is rude.

    What a depressing start. Let's see how it evolves..

  82. RainaWeather says:


  83. Inessa says:

    “I don’t know if there’s anything I could say to counter this. Obviously, Katniss was doing what she could to stay alive. I don’t think I would ever criticize her for that. I get it. She shouldn’t have done anything differently. But she does have to deal with the fact that what she did inherently caused the bombing of District 12.”
    Strictly speaking, it was the Capitol, not Katniss that bombed District 12. The Capitol sent new peace keepers, and organised torture and whipping. The Capitol shut down mines, so people starved. The Capitol cut further food supplies, and people were starving. I mean, surely it was a matter of time before people could no longer bear the oppression and rebelled, and then met with the same response from the Capitol. After all, when District 8 rebelled, the Capitol had no issue to immediately respond by exploding the factory including workers who may not have had anything to do with any uprising, including childen.

  84. Meghan says:

    My thoughts immediately went here: OH MY GOD, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE, HE’S BEHIND YOU

    Yes. This. And I'm the kind of person who hides when the music in movies gets creepy, but in Hunger Games YOU CAN'T LOOK AWAY because it's a book and I was just like NOOO DON'T JUMP OUT ;____; DON'T DO IT

  85. booksinbulk says:

    hey all. this was discussed in some previous posts but i never got to ask the question…what's this RON from the future!! business hahah…i guess it was something to do with predictions for DH? i am just so curious as an HP fan what it might be. i figured the latest post would be the most active to get some funny responses! 🙂

    • amandajane5 says:

      I believe the theory was that Dumbledore was actually Ron from the future, but I don't know many of the details.

  86. myownmetaphor says:

    Look, I think that this breaks Mark's Rules on Spoiling. You clearly don't so I can't change your mind.

  87. IsabelArcher2 says:

    Sigh. Weekends. Well, if you're trying to avoid a 5 page paper due tomorrow at 9pm, like me, then you should come over to the SPOILER site (if you've read the series, that is), and we can continue the procrastination!!

  88. The Queen of Harts says:

    Also: thank you so much for explaining what the hell that "X Highlited………" thing was. I was reading on my Kindle the other day and it confused me to no end. Now I understand. This has been revolutionary to my Kindle-reading experience (lol)

  89. qwopisinthemailbox says:

    "post-modern Inspector Gadget."
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  90. vampira2468 says:

    So agree about wanting Hogwarts to be real. Here it for the Slytherins!!

    I so wanted more about the government.

  91. thecorinediaries says:

    "Never did I think that the rebellion would piss me off. Bravo, Collins."

    So true! The rebels were supposed to be super cool and good to the bone and stuff, and we get this mean lot using Katniss regardless of her situation. =/

  92. chloe says:

    you need mention more peeta!!!!

  93. Doodle says:

    Peeta 🙁

    Also, I think it's possible that the women in District 13 have infertility problems because of radiation. We know that 13 was responsible for nuclear power before the Dark Days (right?), so maybe when they were fighting with the Capitol they got bombed, and the radiation screwed with their reproductive systems.

    Also: Peetaaaaaaaaaaa 🙁

    • Enthusiastic says:

      Well, it could be women and men having fertility problems from radiation, but yeah, that's what crossed my mind, too, thanks for articulating it!

      • Doodle says:

        That's true! My bad. I haven't read it in a while, and for some reason I thought it was only women…whoops! 😀

  94. Anon says:

    The summer’s been scorching hot and dry as a bone. There’s been next to no rain to disturb the piles of ash left by the attack. They shift here and there, in reaction to my footsteps. No breeze to scatter them. I keep my eyes on what I remember as the road, because when I first landed in the Meadow, I wasn’t careful and I walked right into a rock. Only it wasn’t a rock—it was someone’s skull. It rolled over and over and landed faceup, and for a long time I couldn’t stop looking at the teeth, wondering whose they were, thinking of how mine would probably look the same way under similar circumstances.

    While I was reading this, ironically this song starting playing as soon as I started the chapter…[youtube iRM-eWWty2g youtube] which just made it even more despairing for me, and…I can't say anything without tearing up….Poor District 12…. :'(

    But still…over 90% of the District 12 dead….wow

  95. Howlynn says:

    I am back on the hovercrafts again —- So it takes Days to fly one hovercraft to 13 — but the (now hot since movie cast Donald) Mr. Snows hoover crafts can be full of pilot, fuel. orders, bombs and ON location in 15 minutes. Did the rebels let Haymitch Drive or something? And now the rebels have INVISIBLE hovercrafts — why didn't they use those to pick up victors rather than the slow one —

  96. Hanh says:

    Yesterday afternoon, as the door was closing behind me, I heard [President] Coin say, “I told you we should have rescued the boy first.”

    THANKS, PRESIDENT COIN. That vote of confidence is TRULY UPLIFTING.
    I took that to mean that if Peeta were here, Katniss would probably be cooperating.

    I understand Katniss' reluctance but I also understand the Rebellion's need to get her leading as soon as possible. The moment's there. The Districts are at war with the Capitol. It's crucial to find a way for them to band together RIGHT NOW. So at least they have the respect not to force her into it…at least yet.

    And oh man Peeta's entire family is dead. I can't believe Gale didn't attempt to rescue them. I feel like if it was Peeta in that circumstance, he would have done it. Oh tragedy and then Finnick is a sobbing mess. No one's in a state to lead the rebel cause.

    President Snow: Hey Katniss. I know what you did last summer.
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  97. Me? says:

    Coin creeped me out when I read the book. I mean seriously, scared me have to death.

    I hated Coin throughout the whole thing.

    Absolutely hated… Wanted her to die. . . Even from the first time she spoke I hated her.

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