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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Released: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rated: YA Dystopian
Series: The Hunger Games, Book 2
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AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE. Katniss is threatened to make a show for the President that she did not make fun of the capitol.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol -- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.Thoughts of escaping District 12, the Capital, and the pressure are constantly in Katniss's mind. But she knows it isn't possible.
In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

What I thought

I had a lot of moments in this book where I've yelled "I can't believe that just happened!!". I have been on the edge of my seat since I started the first book and after finishing this one, it was hard not to propel myself into the last book. But I had to get my review out before the third changes my views on the second, for better or worse.

I did not see the events in this one coming. At all. I almost gave up half way through because things were so intense that I didn't know if I could handle it. But Suzanne Collins is a brilliant author, she puts her characters in the situations that they thought they'd never be in and tortures not just her characters, but her readers. I do say torture, because we are right with Katniss most of the time, we see stuff happen, but we don't know the conclusion and it kills me to not know. But it is brilliant writing at its best. It had me reeled in, feeling like one of the spectators but without the censorship.

I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about this and I'm glad I took a chance on it. Most people compare other novels in the dystopian genre to this one and I had to see what it was all about. I can see why this is, to most, one of the best in the genre. This isn't like some of the other novels I find. Collins pulls no punches. Characters die, in horrible ways and it propels all the main characters into action. This series is dark, gritty and feels very real. There is no such thing as fluff when it comes to this series.

My Rating

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RhiannonPaille said...

Ahh love that you loved this. I was in line at the post office mailing my books when another woman shows up mailing The Hunger Games series back to her daughter. She was in her 60's I think! And yeah so the series is getting quite the audience, can't go anywhere without hearing about it. And I agree with you, it's NOT fluffy at all. I just can't bring myself to read it again. Maybe one day .. .

Candace said...

I agree that this is one stressful series! HOLY WOW! My sister started reading them when she was visiting in the Spring and she was halfway through Catching Fire when it was time for her to go back home. I told her she could take it with and she said she just couldn't handle it. She was dying to know but it was stressing her out too much. I can actually understand that. Not that I would have ever been able NOT to read it though! It's like a horror movie. You can't hardly look but you can't look away either!
So glad your finally reading them!

Giselle said...

Yeah this series is definitely intense! I'm glad you stuck to it though because it's amazing. The 3rd book is good also but not as much as the first 2 - though that's my opinion. Great review!

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Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

She really pulls no punches. I agree. Many didn't like this one in the series but this was my favorite.

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