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Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
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Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: Gripping story, thought compelling but with a real soul.
Disadvantages: The introduction of a love triangle seems a little formulaic
I loved this book!
Having read the first book in the series I was eager to get cracking on the next.. and I wasnt disappointed. I would recommend reading the first book "The Hunger Games" first so that you are up-to-date with the story but to be honest this does work as a stand-alone novel in its own right too.
So the story:
Katniss lives in a world that is seperated into twelve Districts which are controlled by the ruling class, the Capitol". To ensure that all of those in the Districts submit to their will the Capitol forces each District to enendure a reaping each year, a ceremony where two representatives or Tributes are selected to take part in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a contest where the winner is the last man standing... a fight to the death!
Having won the Hunger Games in the first book Katniss and Peeta should be living a bit of a charmed life. But it doesnt quite work out that way.
During a tour of the districts and an encounter with the head of the Capitol, President Snow, Katniss becomes aware that her life may be under threat. The districts are starting to rebel against the oppressive regime and the President blames Katniss for this after her act of rebellion in the Hunger Games which allowed both Peeta and her to live.
As the Capitol is clamping down on the rebels Katniss starts to plan her escape.. but then something changes her mind and she realises her only option is to stay and fight for herself and the people she cares about.
However, just as she is planning her next step the Capitol are one step ahead. This year is a Quarter Quell (a 25th anniversary of the Hunger Games) and as such the normal rules do not apply. In fact this year there are special rules meaning Katniss has to fight again and so does Peeta. This time only one of them can survive.
I dont want to tell you more without spoiling it, but I can tell you this really kept me on the edge of my seat. Although based in a very different society it isnt difficult to see how things such as this could happen.
You really do want to know what is next for the main protaganists. Will Katniss win in the Hunger Games? What will happen to Gale, her best friend? Is her mentor a help or a hindrance? Will the uprising be successful?
It is a teen fiction book, or that is its aim, and as such there is the almost compulsory love triangle. However, that is very sweet and not overblown. The main thrust of the story is about Katniss.
The best recommmendation I can give to you is that I start reading and didnt want to stop.. it is definteley one of those books where you keep thinking "Just one more chpater and then I'll go to sleep"!!
Summary: If you get past the "Teen Fiction" tag, this is well worth reading! Far from predictable