The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching FireTitle: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Summary: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved, but now there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

As the nation watches Katniss and Peeta, the stakes are higher than ever. One false move and the consequences will be unimaginable.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

Review: As much as i wanted to pick up this book immediately after finishing the first one, i tried to pace myself. Three books is pacing, right? I’m going to see the Catching Fire film in the near future, so i decided i had better read it before then.

This book is just as unputdownable as the first. When i had just over 100 pages left, i spent a whole work shift thinking about the book and just wanted to get back to reading it. I went home and stayed up much later than normal finishing it. How tired i was the next day was totally worth it.

I’m not even sure what it is. The setting, the situation and the plot are all just… bloody good.

There is one thing that’s not good, though. I noticed it in the first book, but for whatever reason it didn’t bother me as much. The writing. The book is written in first person, and is immensely tell rather than show. The reader is not left to wonder about things, or come to their own conclusions about anything. Katniss, almost methodically, analyses everything and everyone around her, drawing conclusions (which are not always right and are prone to change, as more information is gathered and analysed) and telling the reader what to think about things. It irked me more often in this book than the first (but never enough for me to even pause in my reading).

As much as i appreciate Katniss for being a strong female character, not defined by the men around her and not a slave to her emotions, it would be good if, now and again, she actually had emotions. I guess that’s a little harsh. She does have them; she loves her sister and hates President Snow. I guess what bothers me is how two dimensional they are. Even her feelings seem to be thought about, analysed and conclusions drawn, rather than just felt.

Basically, Katniss thinks too much.

I liked what the new characters brought to the book, though this time around i didn’t like all of the characters. I think because we didn’t get a chance to know them well enough. We saw only one side to them, in a situation where they were playing a game (two games?). But i was interested enough to want to know more about them (though perhaps not through Katniss’ eyes).

Also, the revolting and rioting and defiance of the Capitol. YES. This is what i really loved, and is also what i can’t wait for more of in the last book. At this point, i’m thinking, ‘Screw the Hunger Games, just give me a whole book about a revolution!”

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