31 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

I finished reading the first book and within five minutes had started reading this one. It really is a great series. I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about this book without giving away too much of the plot to those who haven’t read the first one.

Rather than ruin the book for you, I’m just going to say that it was almost as good as the first book, it felt a little too drawn out in places, but not terrible. The action is still intense and in some ways matured (and in others, not so much). We are also left with a huge cliffhanger ending, so I purchased the 3rd book within 3 minutes of finishing this one.

Darn those series!

Recommended for all that enjoyed The Hunger Games. While The Hunger Games could stand alone, this one does not, you really need to have read the first one (and will want to read the third one right away).

Gr 7 Up–Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen “tributes” from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve, thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel, Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find herself more the center of attention than ever. The sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit, and Katniss’s fear when Snow meets with her alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta’s mandatory Victory Tour through the districts, preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a truncated version of the Games themselves. Slower paced than its predecessor, this sequel explores the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and a spreading rebellion, ignited by Katniss and Peeta’s subversive victory. Katniss also deepens as a character. Though initially bewildered by the attention paid to her, she comes almost to embrace her status as the rebels’ symbolic leader. Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 101
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One Response to “Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins”

  1. Dynila 11 January 2011 at 10:52 am Permalink

    I thought this was the weakest book in the series. It felt mostly like a setup for book 3, to me.

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