Does Haymitch remind you of anyone in Austen?
The section ends with a death in the arena. It won’t be letting cats out to tell you it’s not Katniss. This death strengthens Kat’s resolve to fight. She may not survive, but she will now take out an many opponents as she can.
When I was reading this book, I mentally ticked off how many of Jane’s heroines wouldn’t make it out. Catherine Morland would die of her own stupidity. (Sorry, she trods on my last nerve EVERY time I look at North Anger Abbey.) Anne Elliot is smart enough, if she gets through the violent opening at the Cornucopia. IMO, in the end, Lizzie and Emma would be the ones battling it out to the death. Just saying.
I’m supposed to be writing right now, so I have to bow out for now.
A craft question. Since this is a Young Adult novel, did you feel considering the violence and themes that this was barely in the category because it features young adults, or that the audience it seeks are younger? for me, I don’t usually care for YA, but this had a lot of food for thought built into the plot. I wasn’t bothered by the youth of the protags.
Take care–Susan Kaye