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The vote on holding another Hunger Games at the end was interesting. To me it seemed like it was alluding to the choice between Peeta and Gale. Revenge is Gale, compassion and love for the enemy is Peeta. Her confusion is evident bc she picks revenge, then kills Coin.
See, I think she voted that way so she could remain in Coin's good graces and remain the assasin, not necessarily because of her confusion...... who knows, though..........
I thought it was ambiguous, too. Like she says, she wants to see if Haymitch REALLY knows her, but it's really asking us! I tend towards thinking she was voting that way just to get through to shooting Coin.
Poor DH stayed up late finishing the book last night. He liked it, too.
I just finished the series. My daughters read it too. I thought Katniss should have ended up with Gale (my 3 teenage daughters agreed with me). Peeta didn't really have any personality beyond that he had loved Katniss from afar for years (blah!) and that he would do anything to protect her. Her relationship with Gale began as a true friendship and was based on mutual interests. Her relationship with Peeta was mostly manipulated by the Games (just like "The Bachelor")
And if she wasn't going to end up with Gale, couldn't there had at least been a scene between the two of them to bring that relationship to a close? I also was very disappointed that there was no redemption for Haymitch. After getting sober and playing a significant role in the rebellion, he just goes back to the bottle?! Someone else who read it said to me, well, that's just realistic. True but the young people got their happy ending, as a grown-up, I wanted to see the grown-up get a happy ending too.
I felt like Gale was not a good potential life mate, he was too angry and he was very driven in regards to the political process, which I felt was deliberate so that the readers would see Peeta as a better choice. I got the feeling that Peeta was the only one who could really love Katniss. So Gale, ultimately, might have been a better partner, but I think most of us were going to look at this from a romantic point of view, knowing that Peeta was the type to sacrifice himself for Katniss in spite of the greater good, but Gale would let Katniss go if it meant bringing down the regime. For that matter, Katniss was more pragmatic than Peeta as well. I felt like Peeta was kind of unique, and the only really sympathetic character in the book.
I did think that Katniss on some level wanted the kids to compete as revenge. Like, screw it, I had to do it to save my sister, my sister got killed, I don't care what other kids have to do. I mean I think she knew she was going to go along with it so that she could take that shot, but I think on some level she didn't care anymore. If that makes sense.
It's been awhile since I've read the books, and I'm not good at remembering books once I've read them, so I'm probably missing out on some complexities.
Actually, I really think that when Katniss voted "yes" for the hunger games for the capitol children, that she was trying to stay in Coin's good graces (staying under the radar since Coin already saw her as a threat) not jeopardizing her role as Snow's assassin, given that killing Snow was her primary goal. I think the scenes where she is horrified by the little girl in the yellow coat being killed and the group of children killed while being used defensively in front of Snow's mansion show that no matter who the children, she wouldn't want them subjected to the terrifying things she went through in the hunger games.
I also think that her decision to use her ONE arrow for Coin was last minute. After prolonged distrust of Coin, she had just learned that Coin was really no different than Snow (since Coin was the one who had the idea of a last hunger games), and she realized that a government under Coin would ultimately be no different (look at the way Coin controlled the people in 13). Couple that with her observation of Snow who in the greenhouse and now tied to the stake ready for excecution was clearly already close to dying (coughing up blood), and who was likely telling her the truth. I think Katniss realized in that moment that the best use of her arrow was for Coin, in an effort to finally make a real difference for all the survivors of the war, and in utter disregard for her own fate since she felt she lost everything that mattered to her.