Sunday 8 December 2013

Review: Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen 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.

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.

Hunger Games Trilogy:
Hunger Games
Catching Fire

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Katniss and Peeta may have both survived the hunger games but that doesn't mean they are safe from danger. Katniss made some powerful enemies in the Capitol when she tricked them into letting both her and Peeta live and they aren't going to stop until they've taken her down. Especially since she has become something of a hero to the districts and has inadvertently caused some of them to start planning a rebellion. Katniss is facing her toughest challenge yet and she risks losing the people she cares about most if she doesn't do some very fast thinking.

I still like I'm very much behind the rest of the world when it comes to this series, I read Hunger Games just before the movie came out and had fully intended to carry on reading the series straight away but other books captured my attention and over a year had passed without me picking up Catching Fire. Since the second film is out now I thought it really was time I read the book and I have to say I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. Again I was able to guess some of the major twists before they actually happened but that didn't stop me enjoying the journey.

I still really love Katniss, she is so fiercely loyal to those she cares about and will always put her life and her happiness below protecting the people she loves. Sometimes I desperately want her to make the selfish choice and run but I wouldn't like her half as much if she actually did. She is in so much trouble in this book, President Snow is a powerful enemy who is determined to make her pay for her actions during the hunger games. He wants to take her down and he wants to do it publicly to quash the rebellion that is threatening to rise in the districts. It was great to learn a bit more about how Panem is run but I do still have a lot of questions about how the districts were created in the first place that I'm hoping will be answered in the final book of the trilogy.

I don't want to say too much about the plot but I will say that we are introduced to some fabulous new characters along with getting the chance to catch up with old favourites. I still wish we'd spent more time with Gale but have high hopes he'll have a much larger role in the next book. I was firmly on his team in the first book, although I liked Peeta I just didn't feel he was the right guy for Katniss. Peeta needed her to look after him while Gale would be an equal partner. I have to admit that while I still want her to end up with Gale I did start to see more of a connection between Katniss and Peeta in this book, he shows several times how much she means to him and he definitely seems to have matured and come into his own a bit more. I'm kind of torn now but I don't think I'll be too upset whoever she ends up with. The last few chapters of Catching Fire were intense and they have left me desperate to know how the series concludes. There are things I know I'd like to see happen but I'm not sure if they will or not and I don't think I'll be able to wait long before I read Mockingjay to find out!

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  1. I really enjoyed this review and I can agree with you on a number of things, especially in regard to the predictability of the plot. I easily anticipated the plot developments, especially the major ones, although that didn't stop me from loving every minute of the book! I also love that you love Katniss, because she really is an amazing character. Such a great role model for people of all ages. Her selflessness is incredibly inspiring and no words can do her amazing character justice.

    I think it's really interesting that you're more on Team Gale than Team Peeta, because when I initially read the series, I couldn't stand Gale at all. I think this mostly came from his arrogance and sense of self-righteousness, in that he thinks everything he does is the right thing and that everyone should believe him. In this same way, he seems to think that he's "entitled" to love Katniss, because he knows her better than anyone else. I'm not sure if that made sense at all, but I just found Gale to be frustrating as a character overall, and couldn't really stand him in the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, although his character did improve for me in the first half or so of Mockingjay :)

    This was a great review! I hope you love Mockingjay, too!! :)

    1. Katniss is such a fab character isn't she! I love her :-) I can see where you're coming from with Gale but I never felt that way about him - for me I just feel that they're so well matched. I really hope we see more if him in Mockingjay because I've not had enough LOL. I must read that soon so I can finally find out who she ends up with :-)



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