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.
Having read The Hunger Games and thoroughly enjoyed it, I found the dystopian sequel, Catching Fire, a snorefest. It took me a very
long time to finish this novel - almost two weeks. The beginning of the novel
tediously dragged on with prolonged narrations and flashbacks of The Hunger Games. It wasn't until the end of the
novel that I started reading with a quick feverish pace. I think I read the
last quarter of the book in an hour, it was that good. Unfortunately, Catching Fire, fell into the trap that
many sequels fall into - trying to fill in readers who may not have read the
first book by giving too much filler and excessive recollections and then
speeding up in the final parts in order to tie up loose ends and prepare for
the next book.
Catching Fire takes you
from the unrest happening in the Districts after Katniss and Peeta's victory to
the upcoming resolution they must confront to help the citizens of the
districts. The characters do this all
while participating in a middle-school type of love triangle. In this sequel, the chemistry between Katniss,
Gale and Peeta never seemed to catch fire and I was left wanting more. Not to mention, Gale is all but absent from
the book. Yet the author, Suzanne
Collins, wants readers to believe that Katniss wants to be with Gale. That's all fine and dandy, but where is he? I can't connect with someone that isn't
present. Meanwhile Peeta, the only male
love interest that actually shows up in the book for more than a few pages,
adores her and loves her and yet Katniss is confused.
part of the book was the twist added to the 75th Hunger Games in honor of the
Quarter Quell. When that element was introduced, I thought... ‘Finally, we'll
get some action’. And we did. Yet overall this book was dry. Katniss is not the spunky, willful teenager
from the previous book. She is boring,
flat, whiney and selfish. I rooted for
her along the entire way in The Hunger Games, however this time around I wanted
Rue to come back from the dead and beat her to a pulp.
thought: I wasn't feeling this book and wanted to quit half way through. But I already have the next book in the
series, Mockingjay, waiting to be read so I
knew I couldn't quit. Otherwise, I might
have. The ending saved this book from being
totally dreadful. If not for that, it
would have gotten two stars.
I give it
3 Stars ***
Tidbit: The book, Hunger Games, will be made into a movie that will debut March
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