Monday, June 28, 2010

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - Review

Product Description:

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
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!

This is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and just like the first it's an emotional roller-coaster ride.

After winning the The Hunger Games together, much to the Capitol's distaste, Katniss and Peeta must deal with the aftermath of their defiance. Katniss has become the symbol of the Districts unhappiness with the Capitol, and uprisings are threatening to occur. The Capitol must crush the rebellion, and to do that they need Peeta and Katniss to play by their rules. The pair tries, but it seems that nothing they do can squash the stirrings of a revolution. 

In a plot twist so horrible and heart breaking that you would never have guessed (and that I won't tell you about), they must again fight for their lives and everything and everyone they hold dear.

Catching Fire has all the qualities that made The Hunger Games such a thought provoking and wonderful book, the same elements are there, but I have to say I liked the first novel a little more. I cried reading it, but not as much as I did in the first one. The story is still powerful, brutal, engaging, and there is a little more humor in it, but not much.

My only complaint about it is that Katniss can't make up her mind about which guy she wants. This is a very popular plot device in YA books, but one that annoys the hell out of me. It's been done a lot, but that doesn't make it any less irritating. Am I the only one that thinks this way? I just like my heroines to know what and who they want. I don't even care if their choice is the one I would make, but the indecisiveness gets on my nerves. This brings me to my favorite quote in the book:

"You know you could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him."

Hear, hear, I say.

The book ends with an evil cliffhanger, something that makes me want to beat someone to death. What is it with authors and cruel cliffhangers? I'm looking at you, Karen Marie Moning!

All in all, the book is a must read, like the first one. I'm counting the days to the release of Mockingjay, the third and last installment in The Hunger Games series. It is scheduled to be publish in August 24th, 2010.

My rating: 

The Hunger Games Trilogy:
The Hunger GamesCatching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) 


  1. I just scanned this since I think I am going to read the series but I did see evil cliffhanger--dang it LOL

    ~Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

  2. D31S! Can you believe that this book is still untouched on my TBR pile?

    I'm just so afraid to read it. I'm afraid of what will happen to Peeta. I love him so much, and he already lost a leg, and he loves her so much, and just Gah!

    Yeah, that plot device is a little old. I don't remember many teenagers in my RL having multiple guys fighting over them. Come on! Pick already, then be more stronger as a couple to fight together!


    Well now that you mention that this book has a evil chiffy, I just might wait to read this until Aug when Mockingjay comes out. I can't stomach not knowing.

  3. These books are soo intense, but you gotta love em! Even Stephen King recommends them!
    Anyways, I found your blog via the blogger hop and I am a proud new follower! If you have the chance, please stop by my blog The Moody Teenager!

    -The Moody Teenager

  4. I know right! I actually reread this book the day after I'd read it the first time. I don't normally do that, but I loved it. It made me like The Hunger Games so much more.

    That cliffhanger almost made the book a wallbanger! And FYI, I'm team Peeta all the way!


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