Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Character Recap: The Hunger Games Series

Here's a little character recap for those of you who haven't cracked the cover of Mockingjay just yet. I've only included those who I think will have a more pivotal role in the final book.

Spoilers from The Hunger Games & Catching Fire ONLY

Katniss:
Who is she  – Last year’s Hunger Games victor (along with Peeta). She had the idea to eat poisonous berries with Peeta so there would be no victor, but the games ended and both won. President Snow tells her she is the spark to a rebellion and she must convince the nation that her act with the berries was out of love for Peeta and not as an act of defiance. After an engagement to Peeta, they both go back into the Hunger Games arena and form an alliance with Finnick, Johanna, Wiress, Beetee, and Mags.

Where we last saw her – After taking down the force field around the arena, Katniss is picked up by Haymitch and crew in a hovercraft. She learns Peeta is not with them, attacks Haymitch, and finally comes to to find Gale.

Peeta:
Who is he – Last year’s Hunger Games victor (along with Katniss). He is absolutely in love with Katniss, but knows her feelings are not quite the same. He vows to get Katniss out of the games alive again, without him this time. Peeta is saved quite a few times in the arena by different people, including Finnick and a morphling from District 6.

Where we last saw him – In the arena just before the force field is blown up. He is calling for Katniss, but doesn’t get to her in time. Haymitch tells Katniss that the Capitol got Peeta in the arena before they could get to him.

Gale:
Who is he – Gale is Katniss’ long-time friend and definitely something more. He professes his love for Katniss after she returns from her first Hunger Games, but is supposed to be pretending to be her cousin. After getting caught with a wild turkey, Gale is given a severe lashing in the town square. Soon after he recovers, it’s announced that Katniss will again go into the Hunger Games and Gale tells her that they can still run away together.

Where we last saw him – Katniss wasn’t able to say goodbye to Gale because she was whisked away, but he is on the hovercraft when Katniss finally comes to. He tells her that he was able to get both his and her family out of District 12 before it was destroyed.

Haymitch:
Who is he – Haymitch won the 55th Hunger Games when there were double the number of tributes. He then became a drunken victor who coached Katniss to survival 24 years later. He is chosen as a tribute in the 75th Hunger Games, but Peeta volunteers to take his position. Once again, Haymitch becomes Katniss and Peeta’s mentor, but comes to an agreement with Katniss that they’ll get Peeta out this time.

Where we last saw him – On a hovercraft on its way to District 13. Katniss attacked him for leaving Peeta behind and lying to her the entire time about saving him.

Finnick:
Who is he – Tribute from District 4 who won the Games when he was only 14. He’s good-looking and tends to charm the ladies. Haymitch organizes and alliance for Katniss with him and they stick together until the end. Finnick saves Peeta a few times in the arena and is trapped with Katniss when jabberjays attack them with voices of the people they love. Finnick is a ladies man, but he is in love with a woman named Annie who lost her mind a bit after she won the games. His District companion, the 80+ Mags, kills herself in the arena so Finnick doesn’t have the guilt of not being able to save her and Peeta.

Where we last saw him – Finnick was on the hovercraft with Haymitch and Katniss. He tried to console Katniss when she realized that Peeta was most likely dead, as his Annie will most likely die as well.

Johanna:
Who is she – A seemingly mean and abrasive former Games winner from District 7. She doesn’t seem to get along well with Katniss, but is friends with Finnick.

Where we saw her last – Attacking Katniss, but really cutting out her tracker so the Capitol wouldn’t be able to get to her before Haymitch. Katniss was told that the Capitol got Johanna, along with Peeta and another tribute named Enobaria.

Beetee:
Who is he – An older tribute who is a wiz with more scientific things. He comes up with the plan to blow the force field up, but is knocked out by his attempt. His District companion, Wiress, is killed in the arena.

Where we saw him last – Lying on a table, recovering, in the hovercraft on its way to District 13. Katniss wakes up lying next to him.

Cinna:
Who is he – Katniss’ stylist. He is the man who created the image of Katniss, the girl on fire. He also genuinely cares for Katniss and she considers him a friend.

Where we last saw him – Cinna had just created Katniss’ wedding dress that went up in flames to create the image of a mockingjay. As he saw Katniss off into the arena, he was beaten and cuffed by Peacekeepers.

Plutarch Heavensbee:
Who is he – The Head Gamemaker. He meets Katniss on the victory tour and shows her his pocketwatch that briefly has the image of a mockingjay on it and he says ‘It starts at midnight.’

Where we saw him last – On the hovercraft to District 13. He happens to be one of a group of people who have been trying to overthrow the Capitol for years.

President Snow:
Who is he – Evil president of Panem. He threatens Katniss, as well as her family and friends, because of the rebellion she has caused.

Where we last saw him – At the ceremonies just before the 75th Hunger Games began. Still being evil, still having that bloody breath smell.

3 comments:

elizabeth said...

Awesome post! I am so excited to read Mockingjay!

I have an award for you on my blog here.

Melissa said...

Brilliant post! I have Mockingjay in my hands, and I'm dying! :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I think writing this down helped me keep track of everything that happened and where everyone left off, so I it did the same for both of you!

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