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Monday, 14 December 2009

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games
Book #: 2
Pages: 384
Reading Level: YA
Rating: .9
Goodreads Rating: 4.39
Published: Sept. 1st, 2009
by Scholastic Press

"Tick Tock, Tick Tock..."

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty.

But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Taschima's POV:

Katniss has done it. She won, and she isn't going home alone. With Peeta by her side she goes on home thinking the worst is done. But the nightmares are only beginning. The Capitol is angry at her little stunt to keep both her and Peeta alive, so they decide to take control of her entire life. At least at The Hunger Games you knew what to expect. Here in the districts they can kill you and make it look like an accident. Whats worst they can kill your whole family and friends right along with you. All this is in Katniss mind when she hears about strange rumors concerning a revolution, and how she is the spark that finally started the flame.

There is nothing that can hold a candle to The Hunger Games, but Catching Fire serves as an excellent bridge between book's 1 and 3. When a series usually consist of 3 books book 2 is almost always bound to be a bridge between books and Catching Fire serves this plus it gives us more clues and answers questions while giving us more that I expect will be answered in book 3.

Katniss is as independent as ever and I just love her for that. She seems more stronger now, but at the same time she isn't putting a barrier between her and the world anymore. She is letting people in. Oh and she is as smart as in previous installments. All in all in the Katniss department we see a little of character development that is just enough to start off book 3 and keep us happy.

One of the only things that let me down about this book is that I didn't get to know Gale as well as I would have liked. I wanted to know more about him than his rough exterior. I wanted more Gale time. But that don't mean I am on Gale Team, I am still Team Peeta. In fact if this book did anything is make me more of a Team Peeta member! Peeta is just so sweet and he really means everything he says, and at the same time if it comes to his or Katniss life he will take every precaution necessary to prolong both if not only Kat's.

I say he would make an excellent spokesman for the rebellion. Oh and yes, I am all for the revolution. The sooner the better! One thing this book definitely didn't lose was it's suspense. Sure I expected some things, other's I didn't, and some things I kind of had some idea they were there while other's took me by surprise.

Oh and I still find it hard to remember the names O.o Why must they be so weird!

The ending was a total cliffhanger. I understand why Katniss acts like she acts by the end, but I think that she should stay still for just a minute and take a breath so she can see the big picture. There is no going back. The revolution has begun.

20 comments:

  1. I love a good suspense on a dark winter night. Thanks for the review.

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  2. I do hope I like it like you did. I am reading it right now.

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  3. Sounds AMAZING! I have to get my hands (paws)on this!

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  4. I loved Catching Fire so much! But I haven't put my review of it yet. :p
    You basically highlight everything I loved about the book too. And the thing you said that you let you down-the lack of Gale-I was like, "No way! I was thinking that too!" I love Peeta too but seeing a little more of who Gale is would have been nice. Great review. :)

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  5. Catching Fire sounds really good. I'm dying to read it!

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  6. Maybe this is the book I need to get me out of my reading rut! I loved Hunger Games. I'm hoping I get some Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas so I can get some new books!!

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  7. I really enjoyed this book. Eagerly awaiting the third.

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  8. Awesome review. It sounds as good as I expect it to sound. I am dying, I mean dying to get my hands on this book. I need it now. It just sounds better with every review I read!!!

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  9. I can't get over these books. They are beyond good- the kind that stay with you long after you've read them. I'm ready to eat the third one.

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  10. I have been wanting to read this. I have been trying to read a bit more adult books lately. Maybe it's time to swtich to YA again. The book I am reading now isn't so great.

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  11. Great review. I agree. Suzanne Collins does it again. Although, I could have done without such a major cliffhanger but I suppose that's what will get me buying the next one.

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  13. Great review! I skimmed the middle a bit, because I STILL haven't read Hunger Games, but Catching Fire sounds awesome. :)

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  14. I agree, I would have liked to see more Gale. He's still such a mystery.

    All in all, Catching Fire was one of my favorite reads this year. Love the review!

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  15. I loved this book! I'm glad you enjoyed it too=) Great review!

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  16. I loved this book! There's no doubt in my mind that it has taken the series to a whole new level.

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  17. You JUST read this? *shakes head* Aren't you just dying for the third now?

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  18. I Love this book.

    It's definitely a 4.9. =)

    I can't wait for the next book...

    I heard it's going to be called "The Victors"

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    >.>

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