Saturday, February 2, 2013

Catching Fire (Hunger Game #2)

"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."

Plot: Suzanne Collins did a great job in writing a second book to The Hunger Games (which I only thought was alright). She addressed some realistic issues and delivered great plot twists. She also, did a good job at separating Part One and Two, but making a smooth connection. All while making a great transition to book three.

Characters: Honestly, I originally thought Katniss was a tad bit annoying in book one and that Peeta or Gale weren't really engaging characters. However, in Catching Fire Katniss becomes more likeable and tolerable and as you may have seen, Peeta has become a little crush of mine through book two. Haymitch grew on me majorly and Team Gale Who?! Really i don't understand.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed Catching Fire, SO MUCH more than The Hunger Games. I don't know why there was just something about it that made me really like it. The writing seemed to be stronger and had a little more pep in the step. It could also be that I am not a huge dystopian fan in general, and Catching Fire wasn't outright dystopian. I am also glad, I didn't watch any trailers for the movie and basically avoided anything that could potentially ruin the book for me. Since it made me way more emotionally invested. At one point I even said outloud "See! This Is Why I HATE The Capital!"




1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you managed to wait so long to read this! But I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it so much. I'm definitely looking forward to the movie, although since it's been so long since I read it a few details are a little fuzzy to me. Although sometimes that's the better way to go into a movie.