When I read a series, the first book is always my favorite. However, Catching Fire - the sequel to The Hunger Games - just broke that trend. This book was an unbelievable, unpredictable
novel that is on the top of the list for one of my favorite books. Ever.
novel picks up from where The Hunger Games left off, with Katniss
returning to her home in district 12 as victor. She is well-known
worldwide, and pretty soon starts hearing rumors that she might be
causing rebellions throughout Panem. One day, the intimidating
President Snow visits Katniss and what he tells her leaves her
frightened for her own life and the lives of all her loved ones. To add
to the plot, the 75th Hunger Games are approaching and the Capital has
decided to change a few rules...
The book is split into three
parts: The victory tour through the 12 districts, preparing and
training for the 75th Hunger Games, and inside the arena for the games
themselves. My favorite part would have to be the latter because so
many important, nail-biting events happened.
Even though I wish the story could've taken place actually inside the
arena more, the action was non-stop and almost each chapter ended with
a fantastic cliff hanger! The read was thrilling and exhilarating, very
I was deeply absorbed in Katniss's character, and the
way she was beautifully written. Just like in the first book, I felt
like I was with her throughout the entire novel - specifically in the
arena. I could literally feel her pain, even more so than during the
first book, since I knew her character so well and everything she had
been through. While Katniss was torn between her love for Gale or
Peeta, it made my heart ache, too.
Another thing I really liked about Katniss's character was the way she was so realistic!
Even though the novel is set in the future, Katniss was just like any
other female teenager. She had her fair share of random mood swings,
like most adolescent girls do. But another thing that got brought to my
attention was her human instinct while trying to survive in the Hunger
Games arena. Even though she continuously was determined to put Peeta's
life before her own, there were split seconds when her human instinct
would slip through and she'd want to save herself instead. At first, I
was thinking that it was kind of selfish, but then I realized - hey,
even the most humble people probably have times like these. You can't
really help it, you're only human!
I loved how Katniss's
mockingjay was the symbol for the rebellions. The mockingjay played a
tremendous role in the story, and showed up during many parts. Hence
the cover - which I love by the way. The subtle message of politics and
symbolism was a nice touch in the novel and I liked how it wasn't "in
your face", like some books are.
I found myself actually talking
outloud during some chapters, or yelling at the idiotic President Snow.
That's just how much this terrific story will suck you in. You will
seriously feel like you are in the book. It made me want to pick up a weapon and join the fight!
am on the edge of my seat, very anxious for the third book in the
series to be published. I've never been so excited for a book to come
out, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to wait until fall 2010 when it's
released! Suzanne Collins is now on my list for favorite authors. :)
With Peeta and Katniss comfortably ensconed in their victory houses in District 12, one thinks life may have returned to a semblance of normal for these victors of the horrifying Hunger Games. Peeta and Katniss still have to make a victory tour through the districts which is just the beginning of even more adventures for the pair. Collins did a remarkable job with this sequel. A must read to anyone who read The Hunger Games.
Finally the sequel to The Hunger Games has arrived! This book will leave you begging for more, and will refuse to be put down as you read it.
Catching fire is breathtaking, even better than The Hunger Games (if that is possible). I could not recommend this book more strongly. Collins is a genius in her writing.
Possible spoilers ahead:
Katniss is back, living in Victor Village, but not everyone in the capitol is happy to see her alive. Her relationship with Peeta is strained and she is facing her first mentor job with the upcoming Quarter Quell, a special year for the hunger games in which a special surprise is given. Will she be mentoring after all? A rebellion is in sorts and everyone is facing unrest. Will Katniss stop it? Does she even want to? Questions that she doesnt even know herself&