Dystopian Literature has been a fast growing genre among young adult readers. I think that this is because young adults like the stories of people around or close to their age rising up against injustice and fighting for their beliefs.
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So there is a pointy thing but I think it's just part of the crazy Capitol fashion and not a torture device. I don't think we'll see tortured Peeta until the first trailer or the first propo after the rebels cut into the Capitol Tv feed.