Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Hunger Games, #2
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.
In Catching Fire, we continue the journey of Katniss and Peeta. They've made it out of the arena, were crowned the victors and are doing their "Victory Tour", in which they travel through the districts and promote themselves and the Hunger Games. But this isn't as easy as it should be as districts start to act out rebeliously against the Capitol and President Snow is furious because of this.
Book 2 started off a bit slower than I was hoping for but it soon picked up its intensity and continued until the end. I wasn't really sure where the story was going to be honest, and then it was like bam! we're hit with yet again something extraordinary.
Once Katniss and Peeta get to return home, things aren't what they used to be. Gale is at a distance with Katniss, thanks to the whole "star-crossed lovers" act with Peeta. I for one have been Team Gale since the start of The Hunger Games, I truly believe that Gale is the better choice between the two men. It was sad seeing Gale eventually put on the back burner. Peeta is also a bit put off because of Katniss admitting that she wasn't completely honest about her feelings toward him. But with all that Katniss has been through and is going through with President Snow's threat, it's understandable that she is confused about everything. But her strength and independence and compassion (when she wants) is really amazing. She truly is one of the strongest female characters out there.
I'd hate to give anything away for those who haven't read the books, so I wont go into detail about everything, but I will say that we meet some new characters. Characters like Finnick, Mags, Beetee and Wiress who all play a crucial role in the series. We're also reunited with some of the characters from book 1.
Collins is still able to paint a clear picture in my head and create a story that just blows everything else out of the water. There is so much detail and power behind the writing. And the cliffhanger she leaves us with? Seriously?! I couldn't even believe it.
If you haven't already read this series, I suggest you do, and do it now! I know you wont be disaapointed!