Then, things got rocky. Everything seemed so MEANDERING. Katniss was going to run away, and then she didn't. Then she was going to rebel, and then she didn't. And then the Quarter Quell? What the heck? More Hunger Games? I did not want more Hunger Games. I wanted rebellion. And Gale. Because actually, although I confessed last week that I was Team Peeta, I'm now hardcore Team Gale. It was those first few chapters of CF -- and the realization that Peeta is cute and sweet, but Gale has been her friend for life, and obviously Katniss loves him, but she just doesn't know how to handle it. Whatever the past, they're meant for each other. MEANT FOR EACH OTHER!
But then Gale got left behind in District 12 and Katniss had to go back to the Hunger Games. ACK! Why?? Why more Hunger Games?? The worst thing is that, even though I was so sad with the way things were heading, I couldn't put the book down. Even though it was so emotionally wrenching to read (Peeta's amazing speeches! Katniss's character development!), I loved every word. And hated every word, too, because WHY did it end with a cliffhanger? District 12 does not exist? Do not stop speaking, Gale! Tell me more!
Can you tell I just finished the book about five seconds ago? I'm still reeling. I can't believe Mockingjay doesn't come out until August; I might not survive that long. But here are my hopes for the final installment (ah!):
- Gale and Katniss become cool rebels together, and fall in love. And actually KISS.
- The Capitol falls (duh). President Snow has a dramatic and very final death scene, preferably orchestrated by Katniss.
- Suzanne Collins makes more truly challenging statements about the evilness of the Capitol and its obsession with entertainment and beauty. I love how these last two books have not only been action-packed, etc., but also thought-provoking. More, please!
- Cinna LIVES. Haymitch LIVES. Prim and Katniss's mother LIVE. That's probably too much to ask... *tears*
- Peeta... hm. I'm conflicted. He needs to make some spectacular sacrifice or speech to bring the Capitol down. And then he should have a heart-wrenching death scene (?) in Katniss's arms. I don't know. I don't want him to die, but I feel like he must die to end the love triangle.
- GALE CANNOT DIE. I think I should write Suzanne Collins a letter. Please please please don't kill him. I might not be able to finish the book if he dies ... my heart would be crushed ...
- No more Hunger Games or arenas. Just rebelling.
*And if you're worried about the state of my final exams (aka Mom and Dad) ... just know I'll be fine. I'm a crazy fast reader, both a gift and a curse, and I've still gotten plenty of studying done in the last two days.*