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Hunger Games: Catching Fire - has me hooked for a second time!
Catching Fire Classic - Suzanne Collins
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Catching Fire Classic - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: Well written, great pace
I recently wrote a review of the first book of the Hunger Games Trilogy and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. So, after finishing the first rather quickly, I launched straight into the second book in the trilogy: Catching Fire, the title based around the concept that Katniss Everdeen, the girl who survived the first Hunger Games is the fire, that is now causing havoc in the Capitol.
When I first started this book, I somewhat expected it to be a let down, given how good the first one was. I expected it to drag, and to lose my attention quicker, but instead I found I couldn't put this one down either, and every spare second I had, usually when my daughter was sleeping, I had my head in this book. The author Susanne Collins continues with her terrific, readable writing style.
The second book continues on from where the first book left off - Katniss Everdeen, a 17 year old girl alongside her partner in the games Peeta are fresh from winning the Hunger Games together - something that has never been done before, and instead of being celebrated, it has created new problems for the Capitol and in particular President Snow, who even makes a visit to Katniss to warn her of the implications of her actions. THere are rumours circulating of an uprising against the power of the Capitol from the districts that surround it. The rumours of an uprising, although positive news to most people in the districts, the Capitol are determined to clamp down and make life even more difficult for those living in the 12 districts outside of the Capitol. Katniss, alongside her family, her best friend Gale and Peeta all live in District 12, where things may have been tough in terms of getting enough food, but they have been fairly relaxed in terms of the Capitol Peacekeepers that are in charge of District 12. That all changes however when rumours of the uprising begin, and Katniss and her friends and family begin to see a very different District 12, one that is harsh, strict and dangerous to live in.
THere is worse to come for Katniss however. The annual Hunger Games where each district must select a boy and girl tribute to take part where only one can (usually) survive, is celebrating its 75th year since a previous uprising that was overcome. In a bid to make life worse, this celebratory year of the Hunger Games demands, according to President Snow a boy and girl tribute from each district but from those who have already won a games. THat means that young and old can end up competing against each other - which is exactly what happens and Katniss and Peeta find themselves back in the games arena, knowing that this time, there really can only be one winner.
I was really interested to read how Katniss could possibly survive another games, as it seemed too good to be true and a bit improbably to be honest. As the book continued, I really felt it allowed the reader more access to both Katniss and Peeta, and even though I was always hoping Katniss would stick with Gale, I find myself warming to Peeta, who sometimes can seem too nice and too unselfish to be true. Katniss' character shines in this book - her kindness alongside her innocence at times, though she is still tough, even after all she has been through, acting much more than her 17 years.
I also wondered if I would find another round of the games boring, but I didn't, as it was totally different from the very beginning - more alliances for instance. Even as I read I couldn't quite predict what was going to happen or what exactly was going on in terms of the alliances formed, but that was all cleared up near the end of the book, rather abruptly though.
All in all, if you enjoyed the first book in this Hunger Games Trilogy, I am sure you will enjoy this one, as in my opinion, it is as good as the first. It had me totally hooked, and now I can't wait to keep reading the third and final one...only what will I do when I finish that!
Summary: Another great book from the Hunger Games trilogy
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