By: Suzanne Collins
First of all, if any of you are confused by some of these names or places, I suggest reading the previous book review on The Hunger Games first.
Katniss and Peeta are back in the arena. But this time it's worse. Much worse.
At the end of the 74th Hunger Games, instead of killing Peeta, Katniss split up her supply of poison berries, giving half to Peeta and half to herself. She hoped that the Gamemakers would declare them both victors before they both died. She succeeded.
Now many in the Capitol saw Katniss' action as an act of undying love. Unfortunately, President Snow and the people of the districts saw it as an act of defiance. Against the Capitol.
Since Katniss and Peeta became instant celebrities by winning the Games, the people of the Capitol love them. So President Snow can't publicly kill them.
Every 25 years, there is a Quarter Quell, signaling a quarter of a century more of the Games' existence. For the Quarter Quell, the Capitol puts a twist on the Games, supposedly determined at the Games' initiation.
Quarter Quells include:
25th Hunger Games-The Tributes being voted for by the people of their district.
50th Hunger Games-Sending twice as many Tributes into the arena totaling in 48 Tributes.
This year's Hunger Games are yet another Quarter Quell. And the gruesome twist this year is:
The Tributes will be taken out of the existing pool of victors. This action will supposedly sever any bonds the victors have made with each other over time, thus reminding the people that the Capitol is ever ruling, but Katniss and Peeta know that the President just wants them dead.
Katniss and Peeta are back in the arena. And this time it's worse. Much worse.