The year is 2012. A newly released adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel “The Hunger Games” hits the big screen, making the already popular trilogy a global phenomenon.
The trilogy and the movies alike caused a boom in young adult dystopian literature, that inspired a ton of other works, portraying a young main character fighting against an oppressive government and injustice.
The second installment of the book series “Catching Fire” was released in 2009 following the success of the first book and features the same main cast with Katniss Everdeen at the center.
“Catching fire” brings back the familiar settings while expanding the reader’s knowledge of the world and history of Panem.
Many of the usual characteristics of dystopia are in the book, such as torture, censorship and poverty, but what themes does Suzanne Collins want to bring to light with this book and could they possibly be relevant today?
As Catching Fire is a novel, it has many characters both minor and more important characters.
Katniss Everdeen is the main character of Catching Fire and overall the main character of the whole trilogy. The story is told through her eyes, as Collins uses a first-person narrative, which means that the reader only gets access to what Katniss sees and feels.
That makes the reader more able to identify with Katniss, while getting key information at the same time as she does.
She has dark, straight hair, olive skin and gray eyes, physical features she shares with Gale and the rest of the team. She is the face of the rebellion as the mockingjay and gives the people of Panem hope for a better future, which is stated by Plutarch.
“We had to save you because you're the mockingjay, Katniss,” (page 466, line 13, chapter 27) says Plutarch. “While you live, the revolution lives.”
Katniss is an extremely complex character who suffers from PTSD from the previous games. Katniss is in a love triangle with Peeta and Gale but she doesn’t feel like she has time for romantic love and drama as her life is already complicated enough.