Saturday, December 4, 2010
Author: Suzanne Collins
Book #2 of The Hunger Games
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Summary (From Goodreads:)
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.
What an epic sequel. I LOVED this book. It had all the elements The Hunger Games had, but with a different danger, romance, a fascinating setting, more characters, and lots of action. Catching Fire ends with a cliffhanger, one of the worst (or best, depending on how you look at it,) cliifhangers ever.
Catching Fire follows Katniss Everdeen back home, where she is trying to reclaim the life she had before The Hunger Games. Her and fellow winner Peeta Mellark, who are supposed to be in love, have drawn apart, hardly even speaking. Her best friend, Gale, keeps her at an icy distance, and she knows their relationship will never be the same again. After a direct threat of the death of all her friends and family from The Capitol, Katniss and Peeta know they must pull off that they are in love, to save their lives, and the lives of their families.
I loved Katniss again in this book. She is the best kick-butt female lead ever. She is strong, fast, and clever, yet she is such an interesting read because she is always so confused, scared, and is full of questions inside of her. The Hunger Games books are told in her opinion, in first person present. Suzanne Collins has clearly used strong writing talent with Katniss's voice. Again, I loved loved loved Peeta. Total crush on him- I am Team Peeta all the way! The boy with the bread is back and just as sweet and loving as ever. In Catching Fire, you do get more of a view on Gale, and Katniss's sister Prim. They are more involved in the story than in The Hunger Games, and I was greatful for that. I was glad so see more of the relationships between Katniss and her loved ones. There are so many new characters to enjoy too, and though some of them might not be in the story for very long, I bet you'll love them too.
The action in this book was back, and fantastic! I love these books for all the action, and there was plenty off it. I also love these books for really speaking to you, and they make you stop, pause, and think about what would you do if you were in that situation. They are beautiful, entertaining, but dark and violent, but they really speak to you.
Catching Fire is now one of my favourite books of all time, and is even BETTER than The Hunger Games.