Saturday, February 6

Book Review: Catching Fire

Title: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Pages: 391

Summary: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Finally I got my hands on the second book of the Hunger Games, and I found it to be just as good as the first. The second book starts off fairly slow, and over all there is a lot less action in the second book than the first, but I found I still was avidly reading the book because of one main element, Rebellion. I was anxiously waiting for everyone to stand up and rebel against the capitol. Every chapter had hints that something was coming. Which was why I didn’t mind as much that the first half of the book was so slow, because there was always some sort of hint, although very subtle at times, about a rebellion amongst the people to stand up against the Capitol.

I loved watching them go back to the arena for the 75th games, and what happened in there. Part of me questioned why certain things were happening the way they were at first, but part of me sort of figured out what was happening. Well I was half right anyways, some of what I predicted that was going on in the arena came true, so I was close in what I thought would happen by the end. Hopefully that doesn’t give to many spoilers away for those who haven’t read the book yet. But that whole part of the games, prepping for it and some very powerful moments during the preparations of the games, like during the interview were well done.

The ending which I have a love/hate relationship with, I loved it in that I was not expecting what happened in the last, two or three lines. The author surprised me there. I also loved the “twist”, even though I was expecting something among the lines of that twist. I also loved how the author set everything up for the next book. What did I hate? The big cliff hanger that leaves you hanging and waiting until the next book is finished and published.

What I disliked. I’m not a big fan of Katniss in this book. I found her to be a little too whiney. I get her life is full of hardships, the Capitol and a lot of people around her are using her, but she isn’t doing much about it. She just didn’t seem to be that strong in this book as she was in the other, she seemed more dependable on others to guide her what to do, and lets her self be manipulated by others. Now this could be because she is slightly psychologically affected to what happened in the previous book, but even still, her whining and complaining got old quick. I also don’t care for the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love triangle. It adds a bit of drama to the book and complexity to the characters, but to me it’s a little too drawn out and after awhile, I start to lose interest in it. I want more on the dystopian society, their fight for freedom and something I can’t mention without spoiling but, I want more on that, less love triangle.

Overall, it was an excellent sequel that like the first book will have you gripping the book and reading feverishly until the end. Even if you’re too exhausted to read more, you stay up late until you can finish it. At least that’s what I did. Once you start the book, you won’t be able to finish.

Would I recommend it to read: Oh yes! Absolutely a must read! It's a wonderful example of dystopian lit, and a great YA book. It has a lot of different elements, so I think there's something for readers from all genres and tastes in books. Particularly in the YA, which is a genre I'm very on the fence of, this is a very well done YA book/trilogy, I find it to be a lot more appealing than a lot of other YA books I've read.

What to read next: Hunger Games 3 (when it comes out),The Giver,  The Chrysalids

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  1. While I don't rank this book as high as you, I did like it, and I agree what you said about Katniss and also about the love triangle. I don't want her to end up with either guy. I'm totally Team Katniss. And I want her to stop being whiny and stupid. She was strong and a little blind in the first book, but that was taken to an extreme here and that really made me mad.

  2. I agree...more rebellion! And hopefully Katniss will emerge as a stronger person in book 3.

  3. I thought this was a really strong second book for a trilogy. Great review.

  4. Good assessment ... I think Katniss kind of lost her appeal in this book, and I was actually surprised that they ended up going back into the Arena .. I thought it was just going to be Rebellion. Though I do like the set-up for the third book. I hope she doesn't pick either Gale or Peeta ... she should just be by herself. She is too young and wishy-washy.

  5. Glad you enjoyed it for the most part. I thought it was a great follow up, mainly because it gave me an idea of what life in the districts was like, and you didn't get that much in the first book.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  6. I just started this series as a read aloud with my husband and have to agree that these books are addicting! Great review, so nice to know that you loved it and that I am in for such a good time!

  7. Amanda - She was being a little stupid in this book that's for sure, and you're right about it being taken to the extreme.

    Softdrink - Yes to the rebellion, hopefully that's what book three is about!

    Serena - It was well done for second books in a trilogy. It could have gone the other way and it didn't. So I'm glad.

    Jenners - She did lose some of her appeal, which I wonder is it intentional because she's messed up from the hunger games, and she's starting to give up? Or writing mistake?

    Anna - it was nice to get a better look into the other districts. I really liked Rue from the first book, so I was glad to see her district and people.

    Zibilee - They are addicting. Lucky for you you started them closer to the release date to the third book, so you won't have to wait between reading the second and third book.