Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

June 29, 2012 Uncategorized 1

Awhile ago I did a Series Review on the Hunger Games but thought that this just didn’t give the individual books what they needed. So I’ve been meaning to come back to review them individually. If you have yet to read these, you may want to try my Book Review: The Hunger Games first.

  • Review: Catching Fire
  • Series: Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Author: Suzanne Collins
  • No of Pages: 391
  • Release Date: September 1st 2009

Synopsis:

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol– a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before… and surprising readers at every turn.

What’s Happening:

After Katniss gets away with the ending in The Hunger Games she’s left feeling more alone than ever. As victors she and Peeta get money, food and riches beyond what they had ever imagined but it’s not living up to her expectations. She wants to provide for her family in an honest way, hunting like she did before everything got so serious. Nightmares plague her but it’s not just the nightmares it’s the rising that is coming. She wants to believe it has nothing to do with her but every move she makes whether innocent or not seems like she is ready to take on the Capitol and lead a rebellion.

Which of course is the very last thing on her mind. At least until she realizes that maybe, just maybe it’s not such a bad idea. Could she make things better?

My thoughts:

Sequels always worry me, especially after such a strong, wonderful beginning. But this did not fail in any aspect. Every chapter ending keeps you at the edge of your seat, rocks you like you’re on a roller coaster and it isn’t going to end any time soon! What Catching Fire does that many sequels do not is it maintains the pace. You get to see so much more of the bizarre world that surround the districts and why they are the way they are. It’s intriguing and disgusting all at the same time, like watching a car accident that you just can’t take your eyes off of but you still hope that everyone is going to come out all right in the end.

The second is amazing, although I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much the plot thickens and the characters get more real. Suzanne Collins did an amazing job at keeping everything going so it doesn’t feel like that middle of the road book it feels like it is standing on it’s own and doing a damn good job of it!

Now for part three of the trilogy, Mockingjay.

 

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