Part of me is really glad Katniss and Peeta are reunited, and part of me still thinks this is a definitely a trap and they are silly for falling for it. I am glad they got the change to act up on the romance stuff Peeta had set into motion, but I also wondered what Gale was feeling back home. He and Katniss never formally had a romantic relationship, but surely he felt the same way she did, right?
I liked the story about the goat, and i thought it was a good representation of Katniss. This story was everything that makes her happy; hunting with Gale, bargaining, doing things for her sister....this was really a story to make Katniss feel better, not Peeta.
I wish we had more info from Thresh. I mean, i always thought I would have loved more about all of the tributes, but Rue didn't really talk about him and i like to think he could have been an ally to Katniss. On the other hand, he shouldn't have let Katniss live, as he was going to have to kill her eventually anyway.
I liked all the moments of honesty we got from chapters 22 and 23, and i really loved Katniss' realization that even the richest of the poor (the shopkeepers) are still very poor. If she/Peeta win, they will still be classes below the poorest of the Capitol.
The mutations are something i wish had actually been represented in the movies. They were supposed to be more like werewolves, but the movies made them more like dogs. I think of all the things the Capitol did though, this was the most cruel. I mean, the games itself are cruel, but taking the dead and mutating them to haunt those who are still living? Not only is that cruel to the living, but its extra cruel to their friends and families back home who have already lost someone.
I thought it was clever for Katniss and Peeta to trick the Gamemakers into letting them both win, but surely they knew there would be repercussions?
I thought it was interesting that the Capitol completely (physically) heals them (well almost completely) before sending them on to the post-game interview and back home. I thought the ending moments really pulled this story to a close, but left a lot open for a sequel, which is good. I would have liked more reunion with family type things though.
I did want to mention that I thought it was a weird thing for Katniss to think about with her relationships with Gale and Peeta about whether or not she would be able to love either enough to marry and start a family with as she was only 16 and living in a world I wouldn't want to bring a child into, but that might just be me.
Ultimately, I think the plot struck me more than the characters. We didn't get a lot of information about the characters (mostly i'm sure due to this being from Katniss' perspective) but pretty much everything was plot driven. There were times when i was a little annoyed with characters' decisions as they weren't in the best interest of winning the games, but I'm sure if we knew more about the character we would see that there was something in their past or their personality that made them do the things they did.
~thanks secret elf~