Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Published: 2009 Scholastic Press 
Hardcover, 391 pages
Borrowed from Library

(scroll over if you've read the series, otherwise SPOILER-ALERT)
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.
How do you write a review for this without spoilers? I finished this book while I was on lunch break at work. I sighed an audible "OH!" and got a few worried glances. This book actually made me do this a few times. Some of the twists and turns made me actually clap my hands and say "YEAH!".

On the flipside, I didn't like this one nearly as much as The Hunger Games. I don't know if I was distracted or if I was use to the pacing of the first book, but I couldn't really get into it  right away. There were times when Katniss was back in District 12 where I was like "What the hell is going on?" But, once it got going, I couldn't put it down! Which is so awesome.

All in all, I give Catching Fire 4 out of 4 stars. Highly recommended for fans of true dystopian works, YA novels and lovers of The Hunger Games series.

4 comments:

  1. I love this series. I think Catching Fire was the most shocking of the three for me. I should have expected what was going to happen - but I didn't.

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  2. I had SOME idea but I was still really shocked. So excited for Mockingjay!

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  3. I think Catching Fire is my favorite of the three. Mockingjay is a great wrap up. But I think my favorite scene is in the the first book when Katniss shows off her skills to the judges!

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  4. haha love that scene! so far, the first book is my favorite in the series to be honest. it felt timeless. i could've read another 300 pages in that book and not noticed.

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