I’ve joined Larissa from Howling Turtle for The Hunger Games Read-Along! Today, I’m hosting chapter 19 of the book. It’s the frist chapter in Part III: “The Victor.”
The Hunger Games Read-Along: Chapter 19
Chapter 18’s read-along can be found at Reader’s Heartstring.
In Chapter 19 of The Hunger Games:
- Katniss sets out to find Peeta; Claudius has just announced that two tributes can win the Games. She knows that she should align herself with her own District partner because it makes the most sense and so they can continue their “star-crossed lovers” bit.
- There’s a bunch of strategy talk from Katniss. She thinks that Cato and his District 2 partner are her biggest threat, as they also benefit from the two-winner rule.
- Katniss decides to look for Peeta, figuring he might be wounded and probably traveled back to the stream where Rue and Katniss camped near before.
- Finally, Katniss finds Peeta by a bloody boulder, where he’s completely camouflaged in mud and leaves. She then cleans his wounds and helps guide him to a cave, where they camp out.
- The romance-ish aspect of The Hunger Games starts to peek out a bit here: Katniss and Peeta kiss for the first time, and they’re sent a pot of hot broth (as a sort of reward from Haymitch)
My Thoughts on Chapter 19
I love this chapter especially for Katniss’ and Peeta’s interactions. Even though Katniss is still in the survival-at-all-costs mode, she does turn to Peeta once the rules have changed. She recognizes that Peeta’s not her enemy and that he’s trying to protect her.
That is basically tantamount to a confession of love for Katniss; she’s so guarded and untrusting. Plus, they kiss. It’s not extremely romantic, but my heart still pounded a bit harder reading those passages.
At this point in the book, I remember wondering how in the world they were going to let two tributes win and began to worry about Peeta’s wounds and health (he’s got a serious fever and festering wounds).
‘Close your eyes again,’ I order. He does, and his mouth, too, and completely disappears. Most of what I judge to be his body is actually a layer of mud and plants. His face and arms are so artfully disguised as to be invisible. I kneel beside him. ‘I guess all those hours decorating cakes paid off.’
Peeta smiles. ‘Yes, frosting. the final defense of the dying.’
‘Peeta!’ I say, trying for the special tone that my mother used only with my father. He’s dozed off again, but I kiss him awake, which seems to startle him. Then he smiles as if he’d be happy to lie there gazing at me forever. He’s great at this stuff.
What part or passage of The Hunger Games stood out to you? What parts of the book are you most excited to see in The Hunger Games movie??