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Could you hack it in The Hunger Games?
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
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Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: Return of favourite characters, amazing and super writing style and a BRILLIANT and SHOCKING story.
Disadvantages: The ending was the only fault I think!
To start off with, I'd like to remind everyone that this book is the second book in "The Hunger Games" series, and for those of you who want to know more about the first book, please feel free to go looking for my review on that book. The first book has the same title as the series, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find.
Before coming across this book, I had only ever read one book from Suzanne Collins, which was, of course, "The Hunger Games" the first book. Before then I had never ever heard of Suzanne Collins, so I went in search of finding out more information on her, and I found out that she's released quite a few books but none have become as "The Hunger Games" have, and so therefore she is quite new, and has managed to write this brilliant trilogy! This book definitely shows off her writing skills, as she taunts us and persuades us to read more and more, as we read each of the pages. She is a very talented author, as she manages to throw us head first into another Hunger Games, and this time there is a lot of real shockers, and you really haven't got a clue what will be round the corner. I am so happy to have found this author, and she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. I will be putting the rest of her books on my wish list, so that I can see if her writing style is just as good in her other books, and when she releases another book, I SHALL be there to get it!
This book follows from the first book really well. Yet again we are Katniss Everdeen and we follow her adventures back at home in District 12. We slowly find out that the president is not happy with her. But it's not her problem.
With The Hunger Games in mind, everyone is gearing up for it, yet again, and it's going to be worse this time around, as it's a Quarter Quell. A Quarter Quell happens every 25 years, and this is the 75th Hunger Games. And here is a BIG shock! How would Katniss and Peeta and Haymitch cope? It's going to be difficult! But can they deal with it?
The book contains a lot about love and the way people fall for others, and how some may like someone but not know it yet, I loved how I could see how Katniss was thinking and how she had to pretend to be in love with Peeta when really she was thinking of someone else. It makes it a lot more interesting and it gets developed quite nicely into the third and last book! Also the whole idea of The Hunger Games is based around War and reality. The author even commented saying that the idea came to life in her mind after flipping through the TV channels and seeing a reality TV series, and a war programme, and so why not combine the two? Most authors have commented saying they wished they had this idea, and most of them really praise this book. To be honest, I fully love the idea and could see it becoming pretty much reality, as The Hunger Games is all about sending teenagers from each district to go and fight in The Hunger Games; this is done to show the districts what the world used to be like and how it almost destroyed the world. In each district they have a wide screen TV in the town and it shows coverage of The Hunger Games. I love the concept, and I feel ashamed that Suzanne Collins only made it into a trilogy, as I could definitely see it become more than that. But I suppose all good things must come to an end.
If I were to put this book into a genre, I would definitely put it into teenage fiction (where most book stalls put it) as teenagers would be able to relate to Katniss and really get to know her and identify with her. However, do not allow this to put you adults off, my sister, my mother and my auntie absolutely loved this book and this series and would definitely recommend this to everyone and anyone.
A lot of people have linked this book to "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer, personally I think they are nothing a like, and the only things that are similar is the genre, as they are both teenage fiction and the fact that Katniss is in love with two people, and in Twilight so is Bella. However I don't see how they are very strong links, and even though Stephenie Meyer always recommends this book and the other two to anyone and everyone, I still don't see what the books have in common, so if anyone knows I'd be intrigued to know why you think they are comparable.
I fully enjoyed this book, as you can tell by my rating! I found it interesting and I definitely wanted to read more and more, I personally couldn't stop reading. It took me a whole day to read it, with breaks in between, I'm sure I was up until about 4am still finishing it off, but to be totally honest, if I had put it down and gone to sleep, I would not have been able to fall asleep, as the book would have stayed in my mind and I was literally glued to the covers of the book. If I were to read it again, I would have to make sure I had enough time to read it in one sitting, as I know that I would not want to put it down. I have to pick up on a bad point about this book, and that was the end, I don't think it was very satisfactory, and it definitely seemed quite rushed, and although it made me wanting to know more, I still felt that it could have been done better and to be honest it shouldn't have been left the way it was. I loved this book lots, and the writing style really made my emotions come out more and more, when Katniss got hurt, you felt as if you were the one who had got hurt, and when something happened that surprised Katniss, it also surprised you, and when she feels upset, you also felt upset. To be honest Suzanne Collins has one of the best writing styles I have come across, and I really hope she doesn't lose it. If given the chance and the time, I would definitely re-read all three books, but I very much doubt that the chance will come along as I have a hell of a lot of books to get through, and I very much doubt that I'll be able to even glimpse at these books again. I may be able to re-read these books as I get older, and therefore be able to re-live these stories again and again. "The Hunger Games" trilogy will forever be in my possession for the rest of my life, apart from when I end up lending them to family and friends.
This book would definitely appeal to all teenagers, whether they are boys or girls, it doesn't matter (to be perfectly honest I hate it when people say that a certain book would appeal to girls only, or to boys only, as that is pretty sexist and pretty annoying, as lots of people have different interests, for example, lets say someone's reviewing a football book, they might say it would interest boys only, but there is a lot of girls out there who play football and enjoy reading books about football. You will never ever see in any of my reviews me saying that so and so book is just for boys or just for girls). I think it would also interest a lot of adults, and it is definitely a book you should definitely get for Christmas or birthdays, the receiver will not be disappointed (well unless they've already read this book!) Another thing I hate doing is putting an age limit to books, as I feel parents or guardians should know when a child or teenager is ready for certain content in a book. However, this book does contain quite a lot of violence so please be careful who you give this to, as someone quite young could easily have nightmares after reading this.
Personally this book would be brilliant as a Christmas present, but you'll have to be quick Christmas isn't that far away!
Thank you for reading and rating, I hope I have been a real help to all of you, and I hope I've interested a lot people into reading this book!
Summary: an amazing book perfect for everyone!