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When I have survived the worst, opening my eyes underwater, sniffing water into my sinuses and snorting it out, -- Suzanne Collins
I cover my face with my arms because this isn't happening. It isn't possible. For someone to make Peeta forget he loves me ... no one can do that. -- Suzanne Collins
They can't hurt me. I'm not like the rest of you. There's no one left I love. -- Suzanne Collins
We could do it, you know."
"Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it. -- Suzanne Collins
It's ideal really. They will come up with a plan. No one will like it. Everyone will feel they have been treated unfairly, but will be happy that their neighbors feel the same. And that is the nature of compromise. Now let's go eat an awful lot. -- Suzanne Collins
What am I going to do? I take a deep breath. My arms rise slightly - as if recalling the black-and-white wings Cinna gave me - then come to rest at my sides. I'm going to be the Mockingjay. -- Suzanne Collins
That should have been my strategy! By the time I've worked through the emotions of surprise, admiration, anger, jealousy, and frustration, I'm watching that reddish mane of hair disappear into the trees well out of shooting range. -- Suzanne Collins
On my family: My mother buries her grief in her work. Having no work, grief buries me. -- Suzanne Collins
Only one without a weapon is Peeta, but anyone whispering my name with a bunch of mutts doesn't need one anyway. We leave the room free of everything but our scent. There's no way to erase that at the moment. I'm guessing that's how the hissing things are tracking us, -- Suzanne Collins
the evil thing is inside, not out. -- Suzanne Collins
But there's nothing up there but the wounded!" I say. "Katniss" I hear the warning note in Haymitch's voice and know what's coming. Don't you even think about-!" I yank the earpiece free and let it hang from its wire. -- Suzanne Collins
We're supposed to be making up this stuff, playing at being in love, not actually being in love. -- Suzanne Collins
Still, I hate them. But, of course, I hate almost everybody now. Myself more than anyone. -- Suzanne Collins
All the writing elements are the same. You need to tell a good story ... You've got good characters ... People think there's some dramatic difference between writing 'Little Bear' and the 'Hunger Games,' and as a writer, for me, there isn't. -- Suzanne Collins
But it's not safe and I can feel him slipping away, so I just get out one more sentence. "Stay with me."
As the tendrils of sleep syrup pull me down, I hear him whisper a word back but I don't catch it. -- Suzanne Collins
I stand there unmoving while they take part in the boldest form of dissent they can manage. Silence. -- Suzanne Collins
I think ... you still have no idea. The effect you can have. -- Suzanne Collins
To their terror when they saw the reality of twenty-four tributes circled together, knowing only one could live? Haymitch and Peeta come in, bid me good -- Suzanne Collins
Fine. I'll train. But I'm going to the stinking capitol if I have to kill a crew and fly there myself." Says Johanna.
"Probably best not to bring that up in training," I say. "But it's nice to know I'll have a ride. -- Suzanne Collins
Blood like raindrops on the window. -- Suzanne Collins
District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety. -- Suzanne Collins
My death could, in fact, save him.
If it can't, no matter. It's enough to die of spite. To punish Haymitch, who, of all the people in this rotting world, has turned Peeta and me into pieces in his Games. I trusted him. I put what was precious in Haymitch's hands. And he has betrayed me. -- Suzanne Collins
They erase my face with a layer of pale makeup and draw my features back out. -- Suzanne Collins
Live your life, take chances, be crazy. Dont wait 'cause right now is the oldest you've ever been & the youngest you'll be ever again -- Suzanne Collins
I vote yes....for Prim. -- Suzanne Collins
The main thing I feel is a sense of relief. That I can give up this game. That the question of whether I can succeed in this venture has been answered, even if that answer is a resounding no. That if desperate times call for desperate measures, I am free to act as desperately as I want. -- Suzanne Collins
That if desperate times call for desperate measures, then I'm free to act as desperately as I wish. -- Suzanne Collins
I look at Peeta and he gives me a sad smile. I hear Haymitch's voice. "You could do a lot worse." At this moment, it's impossible to imagine how I could do any better. The gift ... it is perfect. So when I rise up on my tiptoe to kiss him, it doesn't seem forced at all. -- Suzanne Collins
We hand the meat over to Greasy Sae in the kitchen. She likes District 13 well enough, even though she thinks the cooks are somewhat lacking in imagination. But a woman who came up with a palatable wild dog and rhubarb stew is bound to feel as if her hands are tied here. -- Suzanne Collins
Want a sugar cube? [ ... ] They're supposed to be for the horses, but who cares? They've got years to eat sugar, whereas you and I ... well, if we see something sweet we better grab it quick. [ ... ] You're absolutely terrifying me in that get-up. What happened to the pretty little-girl dresses? -- Suzanne Collins
At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me. -- Suzanne Collins
Did you love Annie right away, Finnick?" I ask. "No." A long time passes before he adds, "She crept up on me. -- Suzanne Collins
It's as if I'm Finnick, watching images of my life flash by. The mast of a boat, a silver parachute, Mags laughing, a pink sky, Beetee's trident, Annie in her wedding dress, waves breaking over rocks. Then its over. -- Suzanne Collins
I know I'll never marry, never risk bringing a child into the world. Because if there's one thing being a victor doesn't guarantee, it's our children's safety. My kids' names would go right into the reaping balls with everyone else's. And I swear I'll never let that happen. -- Suzanne Collins
I don't stand a chance if he doesn't get better. You'll never be able to let him go. You'll always feel wrong about being with me."
"The way I always felt wrong kissing him because of you," I say.
Gale holds my gaze. "If I thought that was true, I could almost live with the rest of it. -- Suzanne Collins
And there I am, blushing and confused, made beautiful by Cinna's hands, desirable by Peeta's confession, tragic by circumstance, and by all accounts, unforgettable. -- Suzanne Collins
He wanted to stay there forever, letting her soothe him, pretending he was just a kid and his mom could make everything okay. -- Suzanne Collins
He puts the chain with the locket around my neck, then rests his hand over the spot where our baby would be. "You're going to make a great mother, you know," he says. He kisses me one last time and goes back to Finnick. -- Suzanne Collins
One time, my mother told me that I always eat like I'll never see food again. And I said, "I won't unless I bring it home." That shut her up. -- Suzanne Collins
He wants as many victors as possible for the cameras to follow in the Capitol. Thinks it makes for better television."
"Are you and Beetee going?" I ask.
"As many young and attractive victors as possible," Haymitch corrects himself. "So, no. We'll be here. -- Suzanne Collins
Come on, I say in exasperation, extricating myself from his grasp but not before he gets in another kiss. -- Suzanne Collins
I volunteer!" I gasp. "I volunteer as tribute! -- Suzanne Collins
I look coolly in to the blue eyes of the person who is now my greatest opponent, the person who would keep me alive at his own expense. And I promise myself I will defeat his plan. -- Suzanne Collins
I swear if you cry, I'll kill you here and now. -- Suzanne Collins
Numerous animals have lost their lives at my hands, but only one human. I hear Gale saying, How different can it be, really? -- Suzanne Collins
Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes, and when again they open, the sun will rise. -- Suzanne Collins
And so I'm stupid for thinking they might be useful. Because of something Johanna Mason said while she was oiling her breasts for wrestling. -- Suzanne Collins
Never was I supposed to hear the words 'He says he wants to see you.' But now that I have, there's no way to refuse. -- Suzanne Collins
Because it doesn't matter anymore, and because I'm so desperately lonely I can't stand it. -- Suzanne Collins
Not everyone is treated with such respect. But whenever my father sang, all the birds in the area would fall silent and listen. His voice was beautiful, high and clear and so filled with life it made you want to laugh and cry at the same time. -- Suzanne Collins
Hard time adjusting to being underground so much. But after the surreal encounter with the -- Suzanne Collins
It's the Capitol I hate, for doing this to all of us -- Suzanne Collins
I trusted him. I put what was precious in Haymitch's hands. & he has betrayed me -- Suzanne Collins
Never having been in love, this is going to be a real trick. I think of my parents. The way my father never failed to bring her gifts from the woods. The way my mother's face would light up at the sound of his boots at the door. The way she almost stopped living when he died. -- Suzanne Collins
there's only one future, if I want to keep those I love alive and stay alive myself. I'll have to marry Peeta. -- Suzanne Collins
Yeah, about that," says Peeta, entwining his fingers in mine. "Don't try something like that again." "Or what?" I ask. "Or ... or ... " He can't think of anything good. "Just give me a minute. -- Suzanne Collins
Makes me nervous on about five different levels. "Oh, no. He frosted under heavy guard. He's still under lock and key. But I've talked to him," Haymitch says. "Face-to-face? -- Suzanne Collins
Then there's Peeta just a few yards away. He looks so clean and healthy and beautiful, I can hardly recognize him. But his smile is the same weather in mud or in the Capital and when I see it, I take about three steps and fling myself into his arms. -- Suzanne Collins
No matter what I do, I'm hurting someone. - Katniss Everdeen -- Suzanne Collins
Does everyone look younger asleep? -- Suzanne Collins
Tomorrow's a hunting day," I say.
"I won't be much of a help with that," Peeta says. "I've never hunted before."
"I'll kill and you cook," I say. "And you can always gather."
"I wish there was some sort of bread bush out there," says Peeta. -- Suzanne Collins
There's a basis for the war, historically, in the 'Hunger Games,' which would be the third servile war, which was Spartacus' war, where you have a man who is a slave who is then turned into a gladiator who broke out of the gladiator school and led a rebellion and then became the face of the war. -- Suzanne Collins
Anyone? On Snow's visit before the Victory Tour, he challenged me to erase any doubts of my love for Peeta. "Convince me," Snow said. It seems, under that hot pink sky with Peeta's life in limbo, I finally did. And In doing so, I gave him the weapon he needed to break me. -- Suzanne Collins
That the Careers have been better fed growing up is actually to their disadvantage,
because they don't know how to be hungry. Not like Rue and I do. -- Suzanne Collins
Haymitch shrugs. Peeta has asked to be coached separately. -- Suzanne Collins
I thought he wanted it, anyway," I say.
"Not like this," Haymitch says. "He wanted it to be real. -- Suzanne Collins
Ripred sighed. 'I suppose so. You and I seem to end up doing everything. Shall we say four members for each delegation?'
'Why not?' Luxa said. 'Four can be as stupid as ten. No need to crowd the room.'
Ripred laughed. 'You know, I think you an I are going to get on famously. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss the mockingjay -- Suzanne Collins
That I knew I'd misjudged you. That you do love him. I'm not saying in what way. Maybe you don't even know yourself. But anyone paying attention could see how much you care about him. -- Suzanne Collins
All around the dining hall, you can feel the rejuvenating effect that a good meal can bring on. The way it can make people kinder, funnier, more optimistic, and remind them it's not a mistake to go on living. It's better than any medicine. -- Suzanne Collins
Do it. Before they send those mutts back or something. I don't want to die like Cato," he says.
"Then you shoot me," I say furiously, shoving the weapons back at him. "You shoot me and go home and live with it!" And as I say it, I know death right here, right now would be the easier of the two. -- Suzanne Collins
You'll never be able to let him go. You'll always feel wrong about being with me. -- Suzanne Collins
In my mind, President Snow should be viewed in front of marble pillars hung with oversized flags. It's jarring to see him surrounded by the ordinary objects in the room. Like taking the lid off a pot and finding a fanged viper instead of stew. -- Suzanne Collins
Turn and turn and turn again you see the what, but not the when remedy and wrong entwine and so they form a single vine -- Suzanne Collins
Even though I don't ask, Plutarch gives me cheerful updates on the phone like "Good news, Katniss! I think we've almost got him convinced you're not a mutt!" Or "Today he was allowed to feed himself pudding! -- Suzanne Collins
As we ride the elevator Gale finally says "You're still angry."
"And you're still not sorry," I reply.
"I will stand by what I said. Do you want me to lie about it?" he asks.
"No, I want you to rethink it and come up with the right opinion," I tell him. -- Suzanne Collins
From a place of protection to a sinister trap. I know at some point we'll be forced to reenter its depths, either to hunt or be hunted, but for right now I'm planning to stick -- Suzanne Collins
Underground. Which I hate. Like mines and tunnels and 13. Underground, where I dread dying, which is stupid because even if I die aboveground, the next thing they'll do is bury me underground anyway. -- Suzanne Collins
There's no district 12 to escape from now, no Peacekeepers to trick, no hungry mouths to feed. The Capitol took away all of that, and I'm on the verge of losing Gale as well. The glue of mutual needs that bonded us so tightly together for all those years is melting away. -- Suzanne Collins
The Capitol has no end of creative ways to kill people. I imagine these things and I'm terrified, but let's face it: They've been lurking in the back of my brain, anyway. I've been a tribute in the Games. Been threatened by the president. Taken a lash across my face. I'm already a target. -- Suzanne Collins
The film opens up the world beyond Katniss' point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow's rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story. -- Suzanne Collins
The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand -- Suzanne Collins
I don't want to lose the boy with the bread. -- Suzanne Collins
You know, you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him. -- Suzanne Collins
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true, here is the place where I love you. -- Suzanne Collins
The anguish I always feel when she's in pain wells up in my chest and threatens to register on my face. -- Suzanne Collins
Somehow it just won't seem sincere if I'm trying to slit his throat. The -- Suzanne Collins
Telling a story in a futuristic world gives you this freedom to explore things that bother you in contemporary times. -- Suzanne Collins
and when he kissed me i didn't know what to do. -- Suzanne Collins
You asked why the rate hate Overlanders so deeply. It is because they know one will be the warrior of the prophecy," said Vikus.
"Oh, I see," said Gregor. "So, when's he coming?"
Vikus fixed his eyes on Gregor. "I believe he is already here. -- Suzanne Collins
that cold and calculating? Gale didn't say, "Katniss will pick whoever it will break her heart to give up," or even "whoever she can't live without." Those would have implied I was motivated by a kind of passion. But my best friend predicts I will choose the -- Suzanne Collins
How did Rue end up on that stage with nothing but the wind offering to take her place? -- Suzanne Collins
I'm not allowed to bet, but if I could, my money would be on you. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm not a very fancy person. I've been a writer a long time, and right now 'The Hunger Games' is getting a lot of focus. It'll pass. The focus will be on something else. It'll shift. It always does. And that seems just fine. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem, he says. -- Suzanne Collins
If I feel ragged, my prep team seems in worse condition, knocking back coffee and sharing brightly colored little pills. As far as I can tell, they never get up before noon unless there's some sort of national emergency, like my leg hair. -- Suzanne Collins
Well, you really made a mess of things,' he says. 'I'm not even done,' I tell him. -- Suzanne Collins
So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts. -- Suzanne Collins
Its not in my nature to go down without a fight even when things seem insurmountable -- Suzanne Collins
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he's also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building's fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. -- Suzanne Collins
I've asked you fifty questions and still have no sense of your life, your family, what you care about. They want to know about you, Katniss."
"But I don't want them to! They're already taking my future! They can't have the things that mattered to time in the past!" I say. -- Suzanne Collins
The numbness of his loss had passed, and the pain would hit me out of nowhere, doubling me over, racking my body with sobs. Where are you? I would cry out in my mind. Where have you gone? Of course, there was never any answer. -- Suzanne Collins
I look down from the branch I'm perched on. The Careers look murderous. Now I smile.'How have things been with you?' I ask sweetly. -- Suzanne Collins
Boggs quickly examines my face, then scoops me up and jogs for the runway. Halfway there, I puke on his bulletproof vest. It's hard to tell because he's short of breath, but I think he sighs. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm banged up and bloody and someone seems to be hammering on my left temple from inside my skull. -- Suzanne Collins
So that's who Finnick loves, I think. Not his string of fancy lovers in the Capitol. But a poor, mad girl back home. -- Suzanne Collins
It's the first gift that's always the hardest to pay back. -- Suzanne Collins
Delly lost her temper at Peeta over how he treated you. She got very squeaky. It was like someone stabbing a mouse with a fork repeatedly. -- Suzanne Collins
Where did they get those screams, Katniss? -- Suzanne Collins
I guess after tonight Boots won't think the whole world is her friend, thought Gregor. She had to find out sometime, but it still made him sad. -- Suzanne Collins
Never," said Gregor. "I'll never get rid of you, no matter how hard I try." It was no longer an effort to say the words. "I love you."
"I love you, too," said Luxa.
After that there was nothing left to say. -- Suzanne Collins
But some secrets are too delicious not to share. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm only human, Odair! -- Suzanne Collins
I'm sick of people lying to me for my own good. Because really it's mostly for their own good. -- Suzanne Collins
I imagine watching Gale volunteering to save Rory in the reaping, having him torn from my life, becoming some strange girl's lover to stay alive, and then coming home with her. Living next to her. Promising to marry her. The -- Suzanne Collins
Ll I can think about, every day, every waking minute since they drew Prim's name at the reaping, is how afraid I am. -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta. How Foxface stole the food from the supply pile before I blew it up, how she tried to take enough to stay alive but not enough that anyone would notice it, how she wouldn't -- Suzanne Collins
I'm so tired, Katniss. -- Suzanne Collins
You want a piece of advice?" said Ripred.
"Don't bother. I know what you'll say. The whole thing's stupid," said Gregor.
"Quite the contrary. I was going to say that life is short. There are only a few good things in it, really. Don't pretend that one isn't happening." said Ripred. -- Suzanne Collins
But there's food if you know how to find it. My father knew and he taught me some before he was blown to bits in a mine explosion. There was nothing even to bury. I was eleven then. Five years later, I still wake up screaming for him to run. -- Suzanne Collins
I pound on the glass, screaming my head off. Everyone ignores me except for some Capitol attendant who appears behind me and offers me a beverage. -- Suzanne Collins
Updates from Coin about the nature of the bombs. Certainly, the war is still being waged, but as to its status, we're in the -- Suzanne Collins
But just before they cut back to the main newscaster, I see the unmistakable flash of that same mockingjay's wing. The reporter has simply been incorporated into the old footage. She's not in District 13 at all. Which begs the question, What is? -- Suzanne Collins
Listen up. You're in trouble. Word is the Capitol's furious about you showing them up in the arena. The one thing they can't stand is being laughed at and they're the joke of Panem -- Suzanne Collins
berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol's plans. -- Suzanne Collins
If I could grow wings, I could fly. Only people can't grow wings," he say's. "Real or not real?"
"Real," I say. "But people don't need wings to survive."
"Mockingjays do. -- Suzanne Collins
Both the 'Gregor' series and 'The Hunger Games' are what I call lightning-bolt ideas. There was a moment where the idea came to me. With 'The Hunger Games,' the lightning bolt sort of hit at a moment when I was channel surfing between reality TV and the coverage of the Iraq war. -- Suzanne Collins
I do plan on saying one or two things to him when we're allowed an hour for goodbyes. To let him know how essential he's been to me all these years. How better my life has been for knowing him. -- Suzanne Collins
Got it," I say. "Did you tell Peeta this?"
"Don't have to," says Haymitch. "He's already there. -- Suzanne Collins
You know how to kill." "Not people," I say. "How different can it be, really?" says Gale grimly. The awful thing is that if I can forget they're people, it will be no different at all. The -- Suzanne Collins
Well, I knew that goat would be a little gold mine," I say.
Yes, of course I was referring to that, not the lasting joy you gave your sister you love so much you took her place in the reaping," says Peeta drily. -- Suzanne Collins
If my holding out those berries was an act of temporary insanity, then those people will embrace insanity too. -- Suzanne Collins
Besides, if he wants kids, Gale won't have any trouble finding a wife. He's good-looking, he's strong enough to handle the -- Suzanne Collins
Funny, though, I don't feel too bad. -- Suzanne Collins
As coal pressured into pearls by our weighty existence. Beauty that arose out of pain. -- Suzanne Collins
Let them go, I tell myself. Say good-bye and forget them. I do my best, thinking of them one by one, releasing them like birds from the protective cages inside me, locking the doors against their return. -- Suzanne Collins
No one really needs me ... I do I need you Peeta and Katniss -- Suzanne Collins
No more kisses for you, until you have eaten ! -- Suzanne Collins
I loved 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.' I read it later as an adult, but I loved 'We Have Always Lived in a Castle.' And that brings you around to 'The Lottery.' You can't pretend - it's a lottery in which you draw a name and people die. That's a short story, but it's such an incredible short story. -- Suzanne Collins
A pod's activated ahead of us, releasing a gush of steam that parboils everyone in its path, leaving the victims intestine-pink and very dead. -- Suzanne Collins
Lady licking Prim's cheek. My father's laugh. Peeta's father with the cookies. The color of Finnick's eyes. What Cinna could do with a length of silk. Boggs reprogramming the Holo. Rue poised on her toes, arms slightly extended,like a bird about to take flight. -- Suzanne Collins
There's always hand-to-hand combat. All you need is to come up with a knife, and you'll at least stand a chance. If I get jumped, I'm dead!" I can hear my voice rising in anger.
"But you won't! You'll be living up in some tree eating raw squirrels and picking off people with arrows. -- Suzanne Collins
Suddenly I am furious, that with my life on the line, they don't even have the decency to pay attention to me. That I'm being upstaged by a dead pig. -- Suzanne Collins
Maybe I'll be like that man in The Hanging Tree'. Still waiting for an answer. -- Suzanne Collins
Maybe I'll be like the man in the Hanging Tree still waiting for an answer.' Gale who I have never seen cry has tears in his eyes. To keep them from spilling over. I reach forward and press my lips against his. We taste of heat, ashes and misery. -- Suzanne Collins
If I'm going to cry, now is the time. By morning, I'll be able to wash all the damage done by the tears from my face. But no tears come. I'm too tired or too numb to cry. The only thing I feel is a desire to be somewhere else. So I let the train rock me into oblivion. -- Suzanne Collins
...adding to the miseries competing for my attention... -- Suzanne Collins
I can only manage to hold on to one simple thought: an image of Snow's face accompanied by the whisper in my head. I will kill you. -- Suzanne Collins
They recognize me. Of course they recognize me. My face is uncovered and I'm standing here outside of District 12 pointing an arrow at them. Who else would I be? -- Suzanne Collins
I go back to my room and lie under the covers, trying not to think of Gale and thinking of nothing else. -- Suzanne Collins
This is no place for a girl on fire. -- Suzanne Collins
The phrase Where I told you to run, so we'd both be free is the most troubling because at first you think he's talking about when he told her to flee, presumably to safety. But then you wonder if he meant for her to run to him. To death. -- Suzanne Collins
That was Mahogany!! -- Suzanne Collins
I pull an arrow, whip the notch into place, and am about to let it fly when I'm stopped by the sight of Finnick kissing Peeta. And it's so bizarre, even for Finnick. -- Suzanne Collins
You haven't hurt people - you've given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it. There's -- Suzanne Collins
I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun. -- Suzanne Collins
Oh, my dear Miss Everdeen. I thought we had an agreement not to lie to each other. -- Suzanne Collins
But I feel as if I did know Rue, and she'll always be with me. Everything beautiful brings her to mind. I see her in the yellow flowers that grow in the Meadow by my house. I see her in the Mockingjays that sing in the trees. But most of all, I see her in my sister, Prim. -- Suzanne Collins
Lean down a minute first," he says. "Need to tell you something." I lean over and put my good ear to his lips, which tickle as he whispers. "Remember, we're madly in love, so it's all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it." I jerk my head back but end up laughing. "Thanks, I'll keep it in mind. -- Suzanne Collins
I drink in his wholeness, the soudness of his body and mind. It runs through me like the morphling they give me in the hospital, dulling the pain of the last weeks. -- Suzanne Collins
I don't know what the explosion did, but it damaged something deep and irreparable. Never mind. If I get home, I'll be so stinking rich, I'll be able to pay someone to do my hearing. -- Suzanne Collins
And muddy. The long sleeves keep getting caught on thorns and branches as I run through the woods. The pack of muttation tributes draws closer and closer until it overcomes me with hot breath and dripping fangs and I scream myself awake. It's too -- Suzanne Collins
My refusal to play the Games on the Capitol's terms is to be my last act of rebellion. So -- Suzanne Collins
What about you?"
"Not a clue. I keep wishing I could bake a cake or something. -- Suzanne Collins
Because once the force field blew, you'd be the first ones they'd try to capture, and the less you knew, the better," says Haymitch. "The first ones? Why?" I say, trying to hang on to the train of thought. "For the same reason the rest of us agreed to die to keep you alive," says Finnick. -- Suzanne Collins
If it's true, why do they leave us to live like this? With the hunger and the killings and the Games? And suddenly I hate this imaginary underground city of District 13 and those who sit by, watching us die. They're no better than the Capitol. -- Suzanne Collins
There's plenty of blame to go around. But without them, I would not have been part of a larger plot to overthrow the Capitol or had the wherewithal to do it. -- Suzanne Collins
If we burn, You will burn with us! -- Suzanne Collins
Trapped for days, years, centuries maybe. Dead, but not allowed to die. Alive, but as good as dead. So alone that anyone, anything no matter how loathsome would be welcome. -- Suzanne Collins
Lucky thing were allies, right?
-Finnick Odair -- Suzanne Collins
I personally killed the girl, Glimmer, and the boy from district 1. As I try to avoid looking at his family, I learn that his name was Marvel. How did I never know that? I suppose that before the games I didn't pay attention, and afterward I didn't want to know. -- Suzanne Collins
Greed and corruption isn't in the world.It's in the people. -- Suzanne Collins
Which begs the question, What is? -- Suzanne Collins
Go to sleep, he says softly. His hand brushes the lose strands of my hair off my forehead. Unlike the staged kisses and caresses so far, this gesture seems natural and comforting. I don't want him to stop and he doesn't. He's still stroking my hair when I fall asleep. -- Suzanne Collins
You can tell by the way the girls whisper about him when he walks by in school that they want him. It makes me jealous but not for the reason people would think. Good hunting partners are hard to find. -- Suzanne Collins
He tells the hiustory of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once North America. -- Suzanne Collins
Because whatever happened in the past is in the past. And no one in this arena was a victor by chance. He -- Suzanne Collins
I haven't figured out a rainbow yet, They come so quickly and leave so soon. I never have enough time to capture them. Just a bit of blue here or purple there. And then they fade away again. Back into the air. -- Suzanne Collins
How much energy they put into harming each other. How little into saving. -- Suzanne Collins
Make that a condition of being the Mockingjay." "That I can feed you turnips?" he says. "No, that we can hunt." That gets -- Suzanne Collins
They are white, four-limbed, about the size of a full-grown human, but that's where the comparisons stop. Naked, with long reptilian tails, arched backs, and heads that jut forward. -- Suzanne Collins
It's embarrassing to admit how many times I've reread the following: 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,' '1984,' 'Lord of the Flies,' 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,' 'Germinal,' 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle,' and 'A Moveable Feast.' -- Suzanne Collins
My mother's hand strokes my cheek and I don't push it away as I would in wakefulness, never wanting her to know how much I crave that gentle touch. How much I miss her even though I still don't trust her. -- Suzanne Collins
They more than do their work, they take pride in it. Like Cinna. -- Suzanne Collins
Time to say thank you and farewell! trills Effie at my elbow. It's one of those moments when I just love her compulsive punctuality. We collect Cinna and Portia, and she escorts us around to say good-bye to important people, then herds us to the door. -- Suzanne Collins
I welcome the blizzard, with its ferocious winds and deep, drifting snow. This may be enough to keep the real wolves, also known as the Peacekeepers, from my door. A few days to think. To work out a plan. With Gale and Peeta and Haymitch all at hand. This blizzard is a gift. -- Suzanne Collins
She's really gone, then. The little girl with the back of her shirt sticking out like a duck tail, -- Suzanne Collins
But that means the pups are starving to death, too. Not just the big rats," said Gregor. "Doesn't that bother you?" "Of course it bothers me!" Mareth shook his head and sighed. "It is so hard for you to know what it is like for us here, Gregor. -- Suzanne Collins
I press my ear against his chest, to the spot where I always rest my head, where I know I will hear the strong and steady beat of his heart. Instead, I find silence. -- Suzanne Collins
There are much worse games to play. -- Suzanne Collins
That was the one thing I had going for me. Taking care of your family. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss....he's still trying to keep you alive. -- Suzanne Collins
I will never have a life with Gale even if I want to. -- Suzanne Collins
The hatred I feel for him, for the phantom girl, for everything, is so real and immediate it chokes me. Gale is mine. I am his. Anything else is unthinkable. Why did it take him being whipped within an inch of his life to see it? -- Suzanne Collins
I do think you're mad and I'll still go with you. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to stay right here and cause all kinds of trouble. -- Suzanne Collins
For some reason Gale and Peeta do not coexist well in my thoughts. -- Suzanne Collins
I had to do that. At least once. -- Suzanne Collins
Positioned on my dresser, that white-as-snow rose is a personal message to me. It speaks of unfinished business. It whispers, I can find you. I can reach you. Perhaps I am watching you now. -- Suzanne Collins
It's my new best friend, Claudius Templesmith, and as I expected it, he's inviting us to a feast. -- Suzanne Collins
Tick, tock," whispers Wiress. I guide her in front of me and get her to lie down, stroking her arm to soothe her. She drifts off, stirring restlessly, occasionally sighing out her phrase. "Tick, tock." "Tick, tock," I agree softly. "It's time for bed. Tick, tock. Go to sleep. -- Suzanne Collins
Don't you see, Katniss, this will decide things. One way or the other. By the end of the day, they'll ether be dead or with us. It's ... it's more than we could hope for!
Well, that's a sunny view of our situation. -- Suzanne Collins
I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air. My muscles are clenched tight against the cold. If a pack of wild dogs were to -- Suzanne Collins
A leather bag filled with food and a flask of hot tea. -- Suzanne Collins
I lean over and put my good ear to his lips, which tickle me as he whispers. Remember, we're madly in love, so it's all right to kiss me any time you like it. -- Suzanne Collins
You and me Haymitch.Very cozy.Picnics, birthdays, long winter nights sitting around the fire retelling old Hunger Games tale.
-Peeta Mellark -- Suzanne Collins
Don't want that, do they?" She throws back her head and shouts, "Whole country in rebellion? Wouldn't want anything like that! -- Suzanne Collins
She's a survivor, that one. -- Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games were an opportunity for wealth and a kind of glory not seen elsewhere. Of course, the people of 2 swallowed the Capitol's propaganda more easily than the rest of us. Embraced their ways. But for all that, at the end of the day, they were still slaves. -- Suzanne Collins
Jackson has devised a game called "Real or Not Real" to help Peeta. He mentions something he thinks happened, and they tell him if it's true or imagined, usually followed by a brief explanation. -- Suzanne Collins
There's a chance that the old Peeta, the one who loves you, is still inside. Trying to get back to you. Don't give up on him. -- Suzanne Collins
Despite what I feel for Peeta, this is when I accept deep down that he'll never come back to me. Or i'll never go back to him. I'll die for my trouble. And he'll die insane and hating me. -- Suzanne Collins
Beetee's glad we find the plan hard to follow, because then our enemies will, too.
Like your electricity trap in the arena? I ask.
Exactly. And see how well that worked out? says Beetee.
Well ... not really, I think. -- Suzanne Collins
The disruption of the broadcast. Beetee's glad we find the plan hard to follow, because then our enemies will, too. "Like your electricity trap in the arena?" I ask. "Exactly. And see how well that worked out?" says Beetee. Well ... not -- Suzanne Collins
My prep team. My foolish, shallow, affectionate pets, with their obsessions with feathers and parties, nearly break my heart with their good-bye. It's -- Suzanne Collins
Cookies. A pin. I'm getting all kinds of gifts today. Madge gives me one more. A kiss on the cheek. Then she's gone and i'm left thinking that maybe Madge really has been my friend all along. -- Suzanne Collins
Sometimes when I'm alone, I take the pearl from where it lives in my pocket and try to remember the boy with the bread, the strong arms that warded off nightmares on the train, the kisses in the arena. -- Suzanne Collins
My family. My mother. My sister. And my pretend cousin Gale. But Peeta's intention is clear. That Gale really is my family, or will be one day, if I live. That I'll marry him. -- Suzanne Collins
You'll never, ever be able to do anything but live happily ever after with that boy. -- Suzanne Collins
Yes, I'm a mouse. Squeak, squeak. Now shoo-shoo back to your little bug friends, said Rirped, picking up a hunk of dried beef. He tore a off a piece with his teeth and noticed Boots hadn't moved. He pulled back his lips to reveal a row of jagged teeth and gave her a sharp hiss. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm not prepared for Rue's family. Her parents, whose faces are still fresh with sorrow. Her fiver younger siblings, who resemble her so closely. The slight builds, the luminous brown eyes. They form a flock of small dark birds. -- Suzanne Collins
I know any move I would make toward Darius, any act of recognition, would only result in punishment for him. So we just stare into each other's eyes. Darius, now a mute slave; me, now headed to death. What would we say, anyway? That we're sorry for the other's lot? That we ache for the other's pain? -- Suzanne Collins
This perplexing, good natured boy who can spin out lies so convincingly to be hopelessly in love with me ... and I admit it there are moments when he makes me believe it myself. -- Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games. Kill or die, a difficult choice. This type books are the best -- Suzanne Collins
The walls of this elevator are made of crystal so that you can watch the people on the ground floor shrink to ants as you shoot up into the air. It's exhilarating and I'm tempted to ask Effie Trinket if we can ride it again, but somehow that seems childish. -- Suzanne Collins
I have not wept since the death of my parents," said Luxa quietly. "But I am thought to be unnatural in this respect. -- Suzanne Collins
Think ... you still have no idea. The effect you can have." He slides his cuffs up the support and pushes himself to a sitting position. "None -- Suzanne Collins
It's an awful lot to take in, this elaborate plan in which I was a piece, just as I was meant to be a piece in the Hunger Games. Used without consent, without knowledge. At least in the Hunger Games, I knew I was being played with. -- Suzanne Collins
Cleaning me up is just a preliminary step to determining my new look. With my acid-damaged hair, sunburned skin, and ugly scars, the prep team has to make me pretty and then damage, burn, and scare me in a more attractive way. -- Suzanne Collins
I want to go home, Peeta," I say plaintively, like a small child. "You will. I promise," ... -- Suzanne Collins
It's not wondering what I breathe in, but who, that threatens to choke me. -- Suzanne Collins
I want to go," I break in. "I'm no help to the rebels here." "And if you're killed?" asks Coin. "Make sure you get some footage. -- Suzanne Collins
Tonight. After the reaping, everyone is supposed to celebrate. And a a lot of people do, out of relief that their children have been spared for another year. But at least two families will pull their shutters, lock their doors, and try to figure out how they will survive the painful weeks to come. -- Suzanne Collins
Remember, we're madly in love, so it's all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it. -- Suzanne Collins
Become the actual leader, the face, the voice, the embodiment of the revolution. The person -- Suzanne Collins
Actually, Katniss isn't complaining because she has no intention of staying with the "Star Squad," but she recognizes the necessity of getting to the Capitol before carrying out any plan. -- Suzanne Collins
We star-crossed lovers from District 12, who suffered so much and enjoyed so little the rewards of our victory, do not seek the fans' favor, grace them with our smiles, or catch their kisses. We are unforgiving. -- Suzanne Collins
I keep hoping that as time passes by, we'll regain the ease between us, but part of me knows it's futile. There's no going back. -- Suzanne Collins
Well, I've spent a lot of time in your libraries at night," said Ripred.
"You come up and read books?" asked Gregor.
"Read them, eat them, whatever mood strikes me," he said. -- Suzanne Collins
My mouth has gone dry as sawdust. I desperately find Cinna in the crowd and lock eyes with him. I imagine the words coming from his lips. 'What's impressed you most since you arrived here?' I rack my brain for something that made me happy here. Be honest, I think. Be honest. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm left staring up at the night sky the only roof left because to many memories are drowning me. -- Suzanne Collins
At the moment, the choice would be simple. I can survive just fine without either of them. -- Suzanne Collins
Healers are born, not made. -- Suzanne Collins
Just remember, stealing's punishable by death -- Suzanne Collins
Let her go. Better to waste a day than another month. Maybe a little tour of Twelve is just what she needs to convince her we're on the same side. -- Suzanne Collins
Isn't it strange that I know you'd risk your life to save mine, but I don't even know what your favorite color is? -- Suzanne Collins
It's meant to be pretty," whispers Octavia, and I can see the tears threatening to spill over her lashes.
Posy considers this and says matter-of-factly, "I think you'd be pretty in any color."
The tiniest of smiles forms on Octavia's lips. "Thank you. -- Suzanne Collins
I think you'd be pretty in any color.-Posy to Octavia -- Suzanne Collins
Hey, Effie, watch this!" says Peeta. He tosses his fork over his shoulder and literally licks his plate clean whit his tongue making loud, satisfied sounds. Then he blows a kiss out to her in general and calls, "We miss you, Effie! -- Suzanne Collins
It's old, very old I think. Made up long ago in our hills. What my music teacher calls a mountain air. But the words are easy and soothing, promising tomorrow will be more hopeful than this awful piece of time we call today. -- Suzanne Collins
A mix of human and lizard and who knows what else. White, tight reptilian skin smeared with gore, clawed hands and feet, their faces a mess of conflicting features. -- Suzanne Collins
But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction. -- Suzanne Collins
That what?" "That I knew i misjudged you. That you love him. I'm not saying In what way. Maybe you don't know yourself. But anyone paying attention could see how much you care about him," he says gently. -- Suzanne Collins
Gale and I were thrown together by a mutual need to survive. Peeta and I know the other's survival means our own death. How do you side step that? -- Suzanne Collins
Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor. -- Suzanne Collins
My heart is beating so fast and fierce I hardly hear them. -- Suzanne Collins
I know he was desperate. That makes people do all kinds of crazy things. -- Suzanne Collins
Then I realize . . . he was my first kill. -- Suzanne Collins
Amazingly similar in the execution. A bow pulled, an arrow shot. Entirely different in the aftermath. I killed a boy whose name I don't even know. Somewhere his family is weeping for him. His friends call for my blood. Maybe he had a girlfriend who really believed he would come back ... -- Suzanne Collins
They appear in the doorway, holding tea and toast, their faces filled with concern. I open my mouth, planning to start off with some kind of joke, and burst into tears. So much for being strong. -- Suzanne Collins
Oh, no. It costs a lot more than your life. To murder innocent people?" says Peeta. "It costs everything you are. -- Suzanne Collins
Only I keep wishing I could think of a way ... to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games. -- Suzanne Collins
'The Underland Chronicles' is an unnecessary war for a very long time until it becomes a necessary war, because there have been all these points where people could have gotten off the train but they didn't; they just kept moving the violence forward until it's gone out of control. -- Suzanne Collins
I can't argue that Finnick isn't one of the most stunning, sensuous people on the planet.
But I can honestly say he's never been attractive to me. Maybe he's too pretty, or maybe he's too easy to get, or maybe it's really that he'd just be
too easy to lose. -- Suzanne Collins
I clench his hands to the point of pain. "Stay with me."
His pupils contract to pinpoints, dialate again rapidly, and then return to something resembling normalcy. "Always," he murmurs. -- Suzanne Collins
Shame isn't a strong enough word for what I feel.
"You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know," Haymitch says. -- Suzanne Collins
No, Darius shouldn't be glad he knew me. If I had -- Suzanne Collins
This is the day of the reaping. -- Suzanne Collins
A spark could be enough to set them ablaze. -- Suzanne Collins
If he goes and dies on me now, I know I'll go completely insane. -- Suzanne Collins
And suddenly, it's as if there's no one in the world but these two, crashing through space to reach each other. They collide, enfold, lose their balance, and slam against a wall, where they stay. Clinging into one being. Indivisible. -- Suzanne Collins
The idea of being strong for someone else having never entered their heads, I find myself in the position of having to console them. Since I'm the person going in to be slaughtered, this is somewhat annoying. -- Suzanne Collins
And once we reach the city, my stylist will dictate my look for the opening ceremonies tonight anyway. I just hope I get one who doesn't think nudity is the last word in fashion. -- Suzanne Collins
Happy Hunger Games!" He plucks a few blackberries from the bushes around us. "And may the odds - " He tosses a berry in a high arc toward me. -- Suzanne Collins
It's to the Capitol's advantage to have us divided among ourselves.
Another tool to cause misery in our district. A way to plant hatred between the starving workers [of the Seam] and those who can generally count on supper and thereby ensure we will never trust one another. -- Suzanne Collins
And random bits of happiness, like Finnick and Annie's newborn boy. -- Suzanne Collins
Plutarch rushes to reassure me. "Oh, no, Katniss. Not your wedding. Finnick and Annie's. All you need to do is show up and pretend to be happy for them."
"That's one of the few things I won't have to pretend, Plutarch," I tell him. -- Suzanne Collins
You can swim, too." he says. "Where did you learn that in District Twelve?"
"We have a very big bathtub. -- Suzanne Collins
One time, when I was in a hide in a tree, waiting motionless for game to wander by, I dozed off and fell three metres to the ground, landing on my back. It was as if the impact had knocked every wisp of air from my lungs, and I lay there struggling to inhale, to exhale, to do anything. That -- Suzanne Collins
Do I really want him dead? What I want ... what I want is to have him back. But I'll never get him back now. Even -- Suzanne Collins
I wish they were all dead and we were, too. It would be best.
Well, there's no good response to that. I can hardly dispute it since I was walking around with a syringe to kill Peeta when I found them. Do I really want him dead? What I want ... what I want is to have him back. -- Suzanne Collins
And when again it's morning, they' ll wash away. Here it's safe, here it's warm Here the daisies guard you from every harm -- Suzanne Collins
Then Octavia drops to her knees, rubs the hem of a skirt against her cheek, and burst into tears. "It's been so long," she gasps, "since I've seen anything pretty. -- Suzanne Collins
KEEP CALM and HAVE A SUGAR CUBE -- Suzanne Collins
I stand there, feeling broken and small, thousands of eyes trained on me. -- Suzanne Collins
Fly you high, Gregor the Overlander. Fly you high! -- Suzanne Collins
I try to catch flies in cups and put them outside. After I wrote 'The Underland Chronicles' ... well, once you start naming cockroaches, you lose your edge. -- Suzanne Collins
And then, if you make it to bedtime, you feel the joy of cheating death out of one more day," she said. "Do you see? -- Suzanne Collins
Every day when I wake I tell myself that it will be my last. If you are not trying to hold on to time, you are not so afraid of losing it ... And then, if you make it to bedtime, you feel the joy of cheating death out of one more day. -- Suzanne Collins
But even if all of us meet terrible ends, something happened on that stage tonight that can't be undone. We victors staged our own uprising, and maybe, just maybe, the Capitol won't be able to contain this one. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss?" Peeta says. I meet his eyes, knowing my face must be some shade of green. He mouths the words. "How about that kiss? -- Suzanne Collins
I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me. -- Suzanne Collins
I can only form one clear thought.
This is no place for a girl on fire. -- Suzanne Collins
Great. Now I have to go back and tell Haymitch I want an eighty-year-old and Nuts and Volts for my allies. He'll love that. -- Suzanne Collins
The arenas are historic sites, preserved after the Games. Popular destinations for Capitol residents to visit, to vacation. Go for a month, rewatch the Games, tour the catacombs, visit the sites where the deaths took place. You can even take part in reenactments.
They say the food is excellent -- Suzanne Collins
Hey, Finnick, come on in! We figured out how to make you pretty again! -- Suzanne Collins
The air smells of something sharp and antiseptic. My -- Suzanne Collins
Remember, girl on fire," he says, "I'm still betting on you. -- Suzanne Collins
I miss him so badly it hurts. -- Suzanne Collins
a Quarter Quell. They occur every twenty-five years, marking the anniversary of the districts' defeat with over-the-top celebrations and, for extra fun, some miserable twist for the tributes. I've -- Suzanne Collins
So it's you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans. -- Suzanne Collins
I don't know what I expected from my first meeting with Peeta after the announcement. A few hugs and kisses. A little comfort maybe. Not this. I turn to Haymitch. Don't worry, I'll get you more liquor. -- Suzanne Collins
It crosses my mind that Cinna's calm and normal demeanor masks a complete madman. -- Suzanne Collins
My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. The Capitol hates me ... -- Suzanne Collins
I search my heart, but at the moment the only person I can feel creeping up on me is Snow. -- Suzanne Collins
No more fear of hunger. A new kind of freedom. But what then ... what? What would my life be like on a daily basis? Most of it has been consumed with the acquisition of food. Take that away and I'm not really sure who I am, what my identity is. The idea scares me some. -- Suzanne Collins
Doors are for those who lack enemies. -- Suzanne Collins
Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the entrails. He has stopped hissing at me.
Entrails. No hissing. This is the closest we will ever come to love. -- Suzanne Collins
Have I gone mad like Anne and no one has the heart to tell me? I wish someone would tell me, I feel crazy enough though. -- Suzanne Collins
Not even. Bruised pretty good. The impact ruptured your spleen. They couldn't repair it." She gives a dismissive wave of her hand. "Don't worry, you don't need one. And if you did, they'd find you one, wouldn't they? It's everybody's job to keep you alive." "Is that -- Suzanne Collins
I noticed just about every girl, but none of them made a lasting impression but you. -- Suzanne Collins
But at this point, with only minor victories for the rebels, a cease-fire could only result in a return to our previous status. Or worse. -- Suzanne Collins
I watch his hands, his beautiful, capable fingers. Scarred, as mine were before the Capitol erased all marks from my skin, but strong and deft. Hands that have the power to mine coal but the precision to set a delicate snare. Hands I trust. -- Suzanne Collins
In school, they tell us the Capitol was built in a place once called the Rockies. District 12 was in a region known as Appalachia. Even hundreds of years ago, they mined coal here. Which is why our miners have to dig so deep. -- Suzanne Collins
This was the door to both sustenance and sanity. And we were each other's key. -- Suzanne Collins
Laughter changes to screams, blood stains pastel stones, real smoke darkens the special effect stuff made for television. -- Suzanne Collins
I squeeze my eyes shut and try to reach for him across the hundreds and hundreds of miles, to send my thoughts into his mind, to let him know he is not alone. But he is. And I can't help him. -- Suzanne Collins
No one knows what to do with you, girlie. -- Suzanne Collins
To set a precedent, I guess. So that if in the future she ever fell from grace, it would be understood that presidents - even the most despicable - get special treatment. -- Suzanne Collins
The more I come to know these people, the worse it is. Because, on the whole, I don't hate them. And some I like. And a lot of them are so damaged that my natural instinct would be to protect them. But -- Suzanne Collins
And the more I come to know these people, the worse it is. Because, on the whole, I don't hate them. And some I like. And a lot of them are so damaged that my natural instinct would be to protect them. But all of them must die if I'm to save Peeta. -- Suzanne Collins
We're victors, remember? We're the ones who can survive anything they throw at us -- Suzanne Collins
I don't want to cry. Everyone will make note of my tears and I'll be marked as an easy target. A weakling. I will give no one that satisfaction. -- Suzanne Collins
Why don't they leave? Why do they stay to watch? And now I know. It's because you have to. -- Suzanne Collins
Birds are settling down for the night, singing lullabies to their young. -- Suzanne Collins
When I was young, I was trained in stage fighting and rapier and dagger for several years. -- Suzanne Collins
Not if we blow it up, Gale says brusquely. His intent, his full intent, becomes clear. Gale has no interest in preserving the lives of those in the Nut. No interest in caging the pray for later use.
This is one of his death traps. -- Suzanne Collins
I drag myself out of nightmares each morning and find there's no relief in waking. -- Suzanne Collins
Buttercup, miserable even with Prim's constant attention, huddles in the cube and exhales cat breath in my face. -- Suzanne Collins
Aren't they the very reason I have to try to fight? Because what has been done to them is so wrong, so beyond justification, so evil that there is no choice? Because no one has the right to treat them as they have been treated? -- Suzanne Collins
nook in the rocks. From this place, we are invisible but have a clear -- Suzanne Collins
So what I'd really like is to try and conceal him somewhere safe, then go hunt, and come back and collect him. But I have a feeling his ego isn't going to go for that suggestion. -- Suzanne Collins
I can't help laughing because it's funny, -- Suzanne Collins
never thought about Peeta eating the squirrels I shot. Somehow I always pictured the baker quietly going off and frying them up for himself. Not out of greed. But because town families usually eat expensive butcher meat. Beef -- Suzanne Collins
Roses. Wolf mutts. Tributes. Frosted Dolphins. Friends. Mockingjays. Stylists. Me. Everything screams in my dreams tonight. -- Suzanne Collins
The more likable he is, the more deadly he is. -- Suzanne Collins
You die, and I live, there's no life for me at all back in District Twelve. You're my whole life," he says. "I would never be happy again." I -- Suzanne Collins
Our full stomachs make us more uncomfortable and breathless than we were on the morning's climb. I begin to regret those last dozen oysters. -- Suzanne Collins
Remember that even in war there is a time for restraint. A time to hold back your sword. -- Suzanne Collins
Chins up smiles on - Effie Trinket -- Suzanne Collins
Everybody seems to know my secrets before I know them myself -- Suzanne Collins
He tucks me in and says good night but I catch his hand and hold him there. A side effect of the sleep syrup is that it makes people less inhibited, like white liquor, and I know I have to control my tongue. -- Suzanne Collins
Stay with me. As the tendrils of sleep syrup pull me down, I hear him whisper a word back, but I don't quite catch it. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen owes her last name to Bathsheba Everdene, the lead character in 'Far From the Madding Crowd.' The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts. -- Suzanne Collins
Safe to do what?" he says in a gentler tone. "Starve? Work like slaves? Send their kids to the reaping? You haven't hurt people - you've given them an opportunity. -- Suzanne Collins
Aim higher in case you fall short. -- Suzanne Collins
Warmblood now a bloodborne death,
Will rob your body of it's breath
Mark your skin and seal your fate
The Underland becomes a plate -- Suzanne Collins
We're gonna kill you. Just like we did your pathetic little ally ... what was her name? Rue? Well first Rue, then, you, and I think we'll just let nature take care of Lover Boy. How's that sound? -- Suzanne Collins
These arrows are food, safety, and life itself now. -- Suzanne Collins
So the moment he walks in the door I snap, "I swear if you cry, I'll kill you here and now."
Cinna just smiles. "Had a damp morning?"
"You could wring me out," I reply. -- Suzanne Collins
It's funny, because even though they're rattling on about the Games, it's all about where they were or what they were doing or how they felt when a specific event occurred ... Everything is about them, not the dying boys and girls in the arena -- Suzanne Collins
Dreams. The face of the redheaded girl intertwines with gory images from earlier Hunger Games, with my mother withdrawn and unreachable, with Prim emaciated and terrified. I bolt up screaming for my father to run as the -- Suzanne Collins
I pull the sleeping bag up to his chin and kiss his forehead, not for the audience, but for me. Because I'm so grateful that he's here, not dead by the stream as I'd thought. So glad I don't have to face Cato alone. -- Suzanne Collins
I didn't realize until now how starved I've been for human closeness. -- Suzanne Collins
I always channel my emotions into my work. That way, I don't hurt anyone but myself. -- Suzanne Collins
I don't like self-righteous people," I say.
"What's to like?" says Haymitch, who begins sucking the dregs out of the empty bottles. -- Suzanne Collins
I can't help feeling a little grateful since the last thing I want to do is strip down Haymitch, wash the vomit out of his chest hair, and tuck him into bed. -- Suzanne Collins
Not like this. He wanted it to be real. -- Suzanne Collins
No, you won her over. Gave up everything for her. Maybe that's the only way to convince her you love her. -- Suzanne Collins
No, Finnick repeats. 'Because whatever happened in the past is the past. And no one in this arena was a victor by chance.' He eyes Peeta for a moment. 'Except maybe Peeta.'
Finnick knows then what Haymitch and I know. About Peeta. Being truly, deep-down better than the rest of us. -- Suzanne Collins
We both know the other's survival means our own death -- Suzanne Collins
But what good is yelling about the Capitol in the middle of the woods? It doesn't change anything. It doesn't make things fair. It doesn't fill our stomachs. In fact it scares off nearby game. -- Suzanne Collins
He hasn't accepted his death. He is already fighting hard to stay alive. Which also means that kind Peeta Mellark, the boy who gave me bread, is fighting hard to kill me. -- Suzanne Collins
In really bad times, the hungriest would gather at his door at nightfall, vying for the chance to earn a few coins to feed their families by selling their bodies. Had I been older when my father died, I might have been among them. Instead I learned to hunt. -- Suzanne Collins
So this is where stylists go when they've outlived their use. To sad theme underwear shops where they wait for death. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss, the girl on fire, has left behind her flickering flames and bejeweled gowns and soft candlelight frocks. She is as deadly as fire itself. -- Suzanne Collins
I wish she was dead,' he says. 'I wish they were all dead and we were, too. It would be best. -- Suzanne Collins
The idea that I've wounded the brute's tiny cat feelings just invites further taunting. But Prim's genuinely distressed for him. So instead, I visualize Buttercup's fur lining a pair of gloves, an image that has helped me deal with him over the years. -- Suzanne Collins
Where's Lover Boy? Oh, I see. You were gonna help him, right? Well that's sweet. It's too bad you couldn't help your little ... friend. That little girl? What was her name again? Rue? Well, we killed her. And now ... we're gonna kill you. -Clove, The Hunger Games -- Suzanne Collins
Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. -- Suzanne Collins
Kids have so much screen time, and it's a concern. I know how overloaded I can feel sometimes. -- Suzanne Collins
Then he talks about his recent success creating a musical chip that's tiny enough to be concealed in a flake of glitter but can hold hours of songs. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm not comfortable around cameras. -- Suzanne Collins
Don't. Don't let's pretend when there's no one around. -- Suzanne Collins
What do we do know?(Peeta)
I guess we try to forget ... (Katniss)
I don't want to forget.(Peeta) -- Suzanne Collins
Impulsively, I lean forward and kiss him, stopping his word. This is probably overdue anyway since he's right, we are supposed to be madly in love. -- Suzanne Collins
And then he gives me a smile that just seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me. -- Suzanne Collins
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. -- Suzanne Collins
It's the first time I've ever kissed a boy, which should make some sort of impression I guess, but all I can register is how unnaturally hot his lips are from the fever. -- Suzanne Collins
Star-crossed lovers desperate to get home together. Two hearts beating as one. Romance. -- Suzanne Collins
She crept up on me. -- Suzanne Collins
I reach out to touch his cheek and he catches my hand and presses it against his lips. -- Suzanne Collins
I just...I just miss him. And I hate being so alone. -- Suzanne Collins
Haymitch said you'd take a lot of convincing. -- Suzanne Collins
Flavius's foot catches on a metal grate over a circular opening in the floor, and my stomach contracts when I think of why a room would need a drain. The stains of human misery that must have been hosed off these white tiles ... -- Suzanne Collins
You know what I miss? More than anything? Coffee.
Plutarch Heavensbee -- Suzanne Collins
They'll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you. -- Suzanne Collins
Allow me to translate, Twitchtip said, not even bothering to move. She said if you don't stop your incessant babble, that big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip your head off. -- Suzanne Collins
If he wants me broken, then I will have to be whole. -- Suzanne Collins
I know. I was hoping," I say.
"Exactly. Because you're desperate," says Haymitch.
I don't argue because, of course, he's right. -- Suzanne Collins
I can feel Peeta press his forehead into my temple and he asks, 'So now that you've got me, what are you going to do with me?' I turn into him. 'Put you somewhere you can't get hurt. -- Suzanne Collins
It made the difference between my life and death. -- Suzanne Collins
She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This is the day of the reaping. -- Suzanne Collins
Really? What did you cost me again? I ask.
A lot of trouble. Don't worry. You'll get it all back,he says. -- Suzanne Collins
I kiss him awake, which seems to startle him. -- Suzanne Collins
So I only say, "So what should we do with our last few days?"
"I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you," Peeta replies. -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta would lose it if he knew I was thinking any of this, so I only say, "So what should we do with our last few days?"
"I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you," Peeta replies.
"Come on, then," I say, pulling him into my room. -- Suzanne Collins
Embrace the probability of your imminent death ... and know there is nothing i can do to save you. -- Suzanne Collins
Want a sugar cube? -- Suzanne Collins
However much President Snow may hate me, this Capitol audience is mine. -- Suzanne Collins
Come to finish me off, Sweetheart? -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta, you were supposed to wake me after a couple of hours," I say.
"For what? Nothing's going on here," he says. "Besides, I like watching you sleep. You don't scowl. Improves your looks a lot."
This, of course, brings on a scowl that makes him grin. -- Suzanne Collins
All those months of taking it for granted that Peeta thought I was wonderful are over. Finally, he can see me for who I really am. Violent. Distrustful. Manipulative. Deadly. And I hate him for it. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss: I guess all those hours decorating cakes paid off.
Peeta: Yes, frosting. The final defence of the dying. (252) -- Suzanne Collins
I want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you. -Peeta Mellark -- Suzanne Collins
You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers.
"Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other. -- Suzanne Collins
He said, See that little girl? I wanted to marry her mother, but she ran off with a coal miner."
-Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games -- Suzanne Collins
To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed. -- Suzanne Collins
For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm stopped by the sight of Finnick kissing Peeta. -- Suzanne Collins
Only.. I want to do die as myself -- Suzanne Collins
I don't think it's going to work out. Winning ... won't help in any case. Because ... she came here with me. - Peeta Mellark -- Suzanne Collins
In the end, the only person I truly want to comfort me is Haymitch, because he loves Peeta, too. -- Suzanne Collins
Stay with me.
Always. -- Suzanne Collins
You here to finish me off, Sweetheart? -- Suzanne Collins
By the way, I know about the kiss. Then the door clicks shut behind him. -- Suzanne Collins
Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the victors of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark! I give you - the tributes of District Twelve! -- Suzanne Collins
Deep in the meadow, hidden far away A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray Forget your woes and let your troubles lay -- Suzanne Collins
If you die and i live there's no life for me back in District 12. You're my whole life. I would never be happy again. -- Suzanne Collins
At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it. -- Suzanne Collins
That it's no good loving me because I'm never going to get married anyway and he'd just end up hating me later instead of sooner. -- Suzanne Collins
Just the perfect touch of rebellion," says Haymitch "Very nice."
Rebellion? -- Suzanne Collins
I can win but you cant lose, this makes us all even in our ways. -- Suzanne Collins
If you hit bottom, there's a whole lot of people here to help you up -- Suzanne Collins
Everything is happening too fast for me to process it. -- Suzanne Collins
Speeding in to blow us out of the sky? As we travel over District 12, I watch anxiously for signs of an attack, but nothing pursues us. After several minutes, when I hear an exchange between Plutarch and the pilot confirming that the airspace is clear, I begin to -- Suzanne Collins
I sit back on my bed cross-legged and find myself rubbing the smooth iridescent surface of the pearl back and forth against my lips. For some reason, it's soothing. A cool kiss -- Suzanne Collins
then smiles. "Well, if I end up going to the -- Suzanne Collins
Lunch makes me feel a bit better. -- Suzanne Collins
Of course you are. The tributes were necessary to the Games, too. Until they weren't," I say. "And then we were very disposable - right, Plutarch? -- Suzanne Collins
What do you think?" I whisper to Peeta. "About the fire?"
"I'll rip off your cape if you'll rip off mine," he says through gritted teeth. -- Suzanne Collins
Just give him the medicine!" I scream at her. "Give it to him! Who are you, anyway, to decide how much pain he can stand! -- Suzanne Collins
If you appeal to the crowd, either by being humorous or brutal or eccentric, you gain favor. -- Suzanne Collins
Make sure they remember you. -- Suzanne Collins
I poke around in the pile, about to settle on some cod chowder, when Peeta holds out a can to me. "Here."
I take it, not knowing what to expect. The label reads LAMB STEW. -- Suzanne Collins
I turn and put my lips close to Peeta's and drop my eyelids in imitation ... "He offered me sugar and wanted to know all my secrets," I say in my best seductive voice. -- Suzanne Collins
That's right. Who am I thinking of? Oh, I know. It's Cinna who likes you. But that's mainly because you didn't try to run when he set you on fire," says Peeta. "On the other hand, Haymitch ... well, if I were you, I'd avoid Haymitch completely. He hates you. -- Suzanne Collins
I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can't own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I. -- Suzanne Collins
I volunteer as tribute -- Suzanne Collins
Everything is brand-new, I will be the first and only tribute to use this Launch Room. -- Suzanne Collins
A furious Peeta hammers Haymitch with the atrocity he could become party to, but I can feel Haymitch watching me. This is the moment, then. When we find out exactly just how alike we are, and how much he truly understands me.
"I'm with the Mockingjay," he says. -- Suzanne Collins
I shift on to my side and find myself looking directly into Gale's eyes. For an instant the world recedes and there is just his flushed face, his pulse visible at his temple, his lips slightly parted as he tries to catch his breath. -- Suzanne Collins
A faint light burned in the pit revealing a furry creature hunched over a stone slab, fiddling with something. At first Gregor raised a warning hand. He thought it was a rat.
Then the creature lifted his head and Gregor recognized what was left of his dad. -- Suzanne Collins
I started as a playwright. Any sort of scriptwriting you do helps you hone your story. You have the same demands of creating a plot, developing relatable characters and keeping your audience invested in your story. My books are basically structured like three-act plays. -- Suzanne Collins
In his hands, I am again a mockingjay. -- Suzanne Collins
I wish Peeta were here to hold me, until I remember I'm not supposed to wish that anymore. I have chosen Gale and the rebellion, and a future with Peeta is the Capitol's design, not mine. -- Suzanne Collins
Glimmer, I hear someone call her - ugh, the names the people in District 1 give their children are so ridiculous ... -- Suzanne Collins
No fancy hair and clothes, no flaming capes. Just me. Looking like I could be headed for the woods. It calms me. - Katniss -- Suzanne Collins
Now he's [Cinna] arranging things around my living room: Clothing, fabrics, and sketchbooks with designs he's drawn. I pick one up and examine one of the dresses I supposedly created.
You know, I think I show a lot of promise, I say.
Get dressed, you worthless thing. -- Suzanne Collins
Look what I shot. Gale holds up a loaf of bread with an arrow stuck in it, and I laugh. -- Suzanne Collins
When I ask Plutarch about his absence, he just shakes his head and says, "He couldnt face it."
"Haymitch? Not able to face something? Wanted a day off, more likely," I say.
"I think his actual words were 'I couldn't face it without a bottle,'" says Plutarch. -- Suzanne Collins
Haymitch in my head full-time. Horrifying -- Suzanne Collins
Fine, than I will not have to blame you for killing my friends with your stupidity. -Haymitch -- Suzanne Collins
That's very funny," says Peeta. Suddenly he lashes out at the glass in Haymitch's hand. It shatters on the floor, sending the bloodred liquid running toward the back of the train. "Only not to us. -- Suzanne Collins
I think she is relieved by Haymitch's absence, and who can blame her? -- Suzanne Collins
Haymitch rises to go. "While I was waiting ... I ate your lunch. -- Suzanne Collins
So Haymitch, what do you think of the games have one hundred percent more competitors than usual?" asks Caesar.
Haymitch shrugs. "I don't see that it makes that much difference. They'll still be one hundred percent as stupid as usual, so I figure my odds will be roughly the same. -- Suzanne Collins
But in school I remember hearing that for the second Quarter Quell, the Capitol demanded that twice the number of tributes be provided for the arena. The teachers didn't go into much more detail, which is surprising, because that was the year District 12's very own Haymitch Abernathy won the crown. -- Suzanne Collins
Unfortunately, I can't seal the sponsor deals for you. Only Haymitch can do that," says Effie grimly. "But don't worry, I'll get him to the table at gunpoint if necessary."
Although lacking in many departments, Effie Trinket has a certain determination I have to admire. -- Suzanne Collins
By the end of the session, I am no one at all. Haymitch started drinking somewhere around witty, and a nasty edge has crept into his voice. I give up, sweetheart. Just answer the questions and try not to let the audience see how openly you despise them. -- Suzanne Collins
You never get off this train. -- Suzanne Collins
Hey, Haymitch, if you're not too drunk, we could use a little something for our skin. It's -- Suzanne Collins
Finally, the intercom crackles and Hatmitch's acerbic laugh fills the studio. He contains himself just long enough to say, 'And that, my friends, is how a revolution dies. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm left with Haymitch in the rubble, wondering if Finnick's fate would have one day been mine. Why not? Snow could have gotten a really good price for the girl on fire. -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta will ask Haymitch to let him go into the arena with me no matter what. For my sake. To protect me. -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta bakes. I hunt. Haymitch drinks until the liquor runs out. -- Suzanne Collins
I hunt. He bakes. Haymitch drinks. -- Suzanne Collins
But what was it Haymitch said when I asked if he had told Peeta the situation? That he had to pretend to be desperately in love?
Don't have to. He's already there. -- Suzanne Collins
Something flickers across his bloodshot eyes. Pain. -- Suzanne Collins
Remembering from last year how Haymitch's gifts are often timed to send a message, I make a note to myself. Be friends with Finnick. You'll get food. -- Suzanne Collins
If you'd been taken by the Capital and hijacked and then tried to kill Peeta, is this the way he would be treating you? -- Suzanne Collins
Here's some advice. Stay alive. -- Suzanne Collins
Come on, Haymitch. Nobody decent ever wins the Games ... Nobody ever wins the Games, period. There are survivors ... there's no winners. -- Suzanne Collins
You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know, Haymitch -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta rolls his eyes at Haymitch. "She has no idea. The effect she can have."
He runs his fingernail along the wood grain in the table, refusing to look at me. -- Suzanne Collins
Any last words of advice?" Peeta asks. "Stay alive," Haymitch says gruffly. That's -- Suzanne Collins
Opened with a key. And I'll have the only key. If for some reason you're clever enough to disable it - Haymitch dumps -- Suzanne Collins
Someone ought to get Haymitch a drink. -- Suzanne Collins
Oh, he's on top of it. It was volunteer only, but he pretended not to notice me waving my hand in the air," says Haymitch. "See? He's already demonstrated good judgment. -- Suzanne Collins
But in my head I can hear Haymitch's smug, if slightly exasperated, words: Yes, that's what I'm looking for, sweetheart. -- Suzanne Collins
Yeah, we wouldn't want to lose our little Mockingjay when she's finally begun to sing. -- Suzanne Collins
Well, you better learn fast. You've got about as much charm as a dead slug," says Haymitch. -- Suzanne Collins
I can almost hear Haymitch groaning as I team up with this wispy child. But I want her. Because she's a survivor, and I trust her, and why not admit it? She reminds me of Prim. -- Suzanne Collins
You just remember who the enemy is," Haymitch says. "That's all. -- Suzanne Collins
You call that a kiss? -- Suzanne Collins
While I was waiting...I ate your lunch. -- Suzanne Collins
I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself. -- Suzanne Collins
A token of the boy with the bread. A -- Suzanne Collins
But just the fact that he was sparkling leads me to doubt everything that happened. -- Suzanne Collins
For me, you're perfect. -- Suzanne Collins
The symbol of the revolution. The Mockingjay. -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta" I said "Stay with me"
I heard him say one word before the drigs pulled me under, I realised later that what he said was 'always -- Suzanne Collins
Any time you read a book and get attached to the characters, to me it's always a shock when it goes from page to screen and it's not exactly what was in my head or what I was imagining it should be. -- Suzanne Collins
A thick carrot soup, green salad, lamb chops and mashed potatoes, cheese and fruit, a chocolate cake. -- Suzanne Collins
Something inside me shuts down and I'm too numb to feel anything. It's like watching complete strangers in another Hunger Games. But I do notice they omit the part where I covered her in flowers.
Right. Because even that smacks of rebellion. -- Suzanne Collins
I miss home badly sometimes. But then I remember there's nothing left to miss anymore. I feel safer here. -- Suzanne Collins
I don't want anyone with me today. Not even him. Some walks you have to take alone. -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta smiles at me, sad and mocking. Okay. Thanks for the tip, sweetheart. -- Suzanne Collins
Oh, be quiet, Fo-Fo. -- Suzanne Collins
Mutually counting on each other, watching each other's backs, forcing each other to be brave. -- Suzanne Collins
Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen. -- Suzanne Collins
way the Capitol shows it on television, but there's next to no life aboveground. In the seventy-five -- Suzanne Collins
I knew it. In this way, Peeta's not hard to predict. While I was wallowing around on the floor of that cellar, thinking only of myself, he was here, thinking of me. Shame isn't a strong enough word for what I feel. -- Suzanne Collins
One more time? For the audience? he says. His voice isn't angry. It's hollow, which is worse. Already the boy with the bread is slipping away from me.
I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go. -- Suzanne Collins
She's really gone, then...Time and tragedy have forced her to grow too quickly... -- Suzanne Collins
Maybe ... because for the first time ... there was a chance I could keep him," I say.
"So now that you've got me, what are you going to do with me?"
"Put you somewhere you can't get hurt."
And when he kisses me, people in the room actually sigh. -- Suzanne Collins
We're going to form a republic where the people of each district and the Capitol can elect their own representatives to be their voice in a centralized government. Don't look so suspicious; it's worked before. -- Suzanne Collins
But this republic idea sounds like an improvement over our current government. -- Suzanne Collins
I don't write about adolescence. I write about war. For adolescents. -- Suzanne Collins
What do you think?" he asks.
"I hate them," I say. I can almost smell the blood, the dirt, the unnatural breath of the mutt. "All I do is go around trying to forget the arena and you've brought it back to life. How do you remember these things so exactly?"
"I see them every night," he says. -- Suzanne Collins
But if you want to find peace, you must first be able to hope it is possible. -- Suzanne Collins
it is a perfect weapon -- Suzanne Collins
It's as if someone fashioned a small golden bird and then attached a ring around it. The bird is connected to the ring only by its wing tips. -- Suzanne Collins
They don't own me. If I'm gonna die, I wanna still be me. -- Suzanne Collins
I just keep wishing, I could think of a way, to show to them that they don't own me. That if I'm gonna die, I wanna still be me. Does that make sense?
Yeah. I just can't afford to think that way. -- Suzanne Collins
You're not leaving me here alone, I say. Because if he dies, I'll never go home, not really. I'll spend the rest of my life in this arena, trying to think my way out. -- Suzanne Collins
People keep talking at me, talking, talking, talking -- Suzanne Collins
I remember the first time I saw you. Your hair was in two braids instead of one. I remember when you sang in the music assembly and the teacher said "who knows the valley song?" and your hand shot straight up. After that, I watched you going home everyday. Everyday -- Suzanne Collins
That was the first time I ever saw him smile. It transformed him from someone menacing to someone you wished you knew. -- Suzanne Collins
What does this mean? It means I get to spend the morning having the hair ripped off my body while Peeta sleeps in. -- Suzanne Collins
It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart. -- Suzanne Collins
Deep in the meadow , under the willow , a bed of grass , a soft green pillow -- Suzanne Collins
My guess is that fearful events are the hardest to root out. They're the ones we naturally remember the best, after all. -- Suzanne Collins
I'm about to panic when I remember the rabbit I startled earlier today. It has to drink, too. I just have to find out where. -- Suzanne Collins
Closing my eyes doesn't help. Fire burns brighter in the darkness. -- Suzanne Collins
Tuck in your tail, little duck. -- Suzanne Collins
There's no point in comforting words, in telling her she'll be all right. She's no fool. Her hand reaches out and I clutch it like a lifeline. As if it's me who's dying instead of Rue. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen, The Girl On Fire! -- Suzanne Collins
Your stylist turned out to be prophetic in his wardrobe choice. Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem. -- Suzanne Collins
No one will forget me. Not my look, not my name. Katniss. The girl who was on fire. -- Suzanne Collins
I want the audience to recognize you when you're in the arena," says Cinna dreamily. "Katniss, the girl who was on fire. -- Suzanne Collins
Katniss, the girl who was on fire! -- Suzanne Collins
Remember. I'm still betting on you girl on fire -- Suzanne Collins
The pounding music, the cheers, the admiration work their way into my blood, and I can't suppress my excitement. Cinna has given me a great advantage. No one will forget me. Not my look, not my name. Katniss. The girl who was on fire. For -- Suzanne Collins
The girl on fire. -- Suzanne Collins
Instead,I watched myself get shot on tv -- Suzanne Collins
Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven't looked pretty?" I say.
"It must be. The sensation is completely new. How have you managed it all these years?" he asks.
"Just avoid mirrors. You'll forget about it," I say. -- Suzanne Collins
Want a sugar cube?- Finnick Odair, -- Suzanne Collins
Then I get it, what it means. At least, for me. District 12 only has three existing victors to choose from. Two male. One female ...
I am going back into the arena. -- Suzanne Collins
Finnick looks at Johanna and raises his eyebrows. He will not go forward without her. -- Suzanne Collins
Peeta looks at the glass again and puts it together. "You mean this will make me puke?" My prep team laughs hysterically. "Of course, so you can keep eating," says Octavia. "I've been in there twice already. Everyone does it, or else how would you have any fun at a feast? -- Suzanne Collins
And he would put his arms around her and hold her, but he had no idea what to tell her. In his mind, Gregor knew how to kill things, not bring them back ti life. -- Suzanne Collins
She's Prim's size in diameter. -- Suzanne Collins
I said that i would try to win, but to win for her. -- Suzanne Collins
He's fighting it, probably more for me than for him, and it's hard because unconsciousness would be its own form of escape. But the adrenaline pumping through my body would never allow me to follow him, so I can't let him go. I just can't. -- Suzanne Collins
Because I'm selfish. I'm a coward. I'm the kind of girl who, when she might actually be of use, would run to stay alive and leave those who couldn't follow to suffer and die. -- Suzanne Collins
he was something of a looker. His hair dark and -- Suzanne Collins
My sleep wasn't peaceful, though. I have the sense of emerging from a world of dark, haunted places where I traveled alone. -- Suzanne Collins
My legs, arms, torso, underarms, and parts of my eyebrows have been stripped of the stuff, leaving me like a plucked bird, ready for roasting. -- Suzanne Collins
But for better or worse, I am not motivated by kindness. -- Suzanne Collins
I stare fixedly at the little black specks on the sheet. For a while, they're obscured by the residual blood droplets that I can't seem to wipe from my vision. Slowly, the words come into focus. -- Suzanne Collins
If you hit flesh, you're rewarded with a burst of fake blood. Our dummies are soaked in red. -- Suzanne Collins
If I get home, I'll be so stinking rich, I'll be able to pay someone to do my hearing. The woods always look different at night. -- Suzanne Collins
But there was only one kiss that made me feel something stir deep inside. Only one that made me want more. But my head wound started bleeding and he made me lie down. -- Suzanne Collins
Let the Seventy-forth Hunger Games begin, Cato, I think. Let them begin for real. -- Suzanne Collins
Wash her face," says Dalton. Everyone turns to him. "She's still a girl and you made her look thirty-five. Feels wrong. Like something the Capitol would do." As -- Suzanne Collins
If I took the 40 years of my dad talking to me about war and battles and taking me to battlefields and distilled it down into one question, it would probably be the idea of the necessary or unnecessary war. -- Suzanne Collins
My voice, at first rough and breaking on the high notes, warms up into something splendid. A voice that would make the mockingjays fall silent and then tumble over themselves to join in. -- Suzanne Collins
You don't destroy what you want to
acquire in the future. -- Suzanne Collins
The star-crossed lovers -- Suzanne Collins
We star-crossed lovers of District 12, who suffered so much and enjoyed so little the rewards of our victory, do not seek our fans' favor, grace them with our smiles, or catch their kisses. We are unforgiving.
And I love it. Getting to be myself at last. -- Suzanne Collins
The audience must be sick to death of the star-crossed lovers from District 12. I know I am. -- Suzanne Collins
We had to save you because you're the mockingjay, Katniss," says Plutarch. "While you live, the revolution lives. -- Suzanne Collins
Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear. -- Suzanne Collins
He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown, leaving him in just his underwear. "Why? Do you find this" - he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose - "distracting? -- Suzanne Collins
I tell him,"Real.""-Katniss Everdeen -- Suzanne Collins