Saturday, October 10, 2009

Book Review



Catching Fire

By: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publish Date: September 2009

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

Series: Second book of The Hunger Games (for review of first book Hunger Games click here.)

Recommendation: YES!!! But read The Hunger Games first. You will appreciate this book much better.

First Sentence:
I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.
Book Synopsis:

SPARKS ARE IGNITING.

FLAMES ARE SPREADING.

AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.

Against all odds, Katniss 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.

My Summary and Thoughts:

This book starts just months after Katniss and Peeta return home from the Hunger Games, which they won by tricking the Capitol with those poisonous berries. Here we are in the morning of when the Victors Tour starts. Things have changed for Katniss in District 12. Katniss is not sure where she fits in now, she is rich beyond her dreams and has more fame than she wants with being a Victor, let alone the Love Struck Victor, of the Hunger Games. Then there is her relationships that have changed due to those Games; Gale, Peeta, her Mother, Prim, and the people (who helped her by donating what little they had to send her gifts along with all others). And Katniss is well aware she is hated by the Capitol Authorities for her trick that won her and Peeta the Hunger Games, when there is only to be one winner.

President Snow graces Katniss with his presence before her tour and makes her aware some people believed what she did that won her the Hunger Games was inteded to save both Katniss's and Peeta's lives due to the crazy young love they shared, yet other Districts took this as an act of defiance towards the Capitol leading to possible uprisings. President Snow makes Katniss aware she is to do what she can to convince the people in all the Districts she is truely in love with Peeta and that is what drew her to come up with the idea with the berries, or else something will happen to anyone she loves (not nice either).

Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and the rest of their crew go on the tour. They are heavily guarded and watched as they go from District to District. Then you read of all the changes that happen in District 12 as we come to the next years Hunger Games. Even though this sounds as it may be boring, there are a lot of happenings that keep the pages turning and pick up small clues to what is going on around the different Districts and maybe even for later in the book.

The next years Hunger Games come about with great celebration in the Capitol, being this is the anniversary of 75 years of games. Every 25 years the games are called the Quarter Quell, which are set up with special circumstances established by the Capitol when the games started. No one knows what these celebratory circumstances are until the sealed envelopes of years ago are opened and read. Katniss and Peeta are slightly relieved, as being Victors they are not entered in the drawings of the games again, yet they still worry over their siblings and friends who are in the age range. Or are they?

Katniss gets tidbits of information as to what is going on outside District 12. But what is really going on? With District 12 being of such a small census will they be affected? Will Katniss be able to help sooth what people think of rebeling? Does she even want too? Where does Katniss stand on the rebellion and worries of her families and friends?

You are going to have to read the book. There are very great details given along the way to help you out as well.

The pacing is wonderful, everytime I went to set the book down to go back to work or go to bed (so I could get up for work) something else would happen and I had to keep going. The many rises and falls of the story are very well set to keep you going, no interest lost quickly here. After reading both books I feel I really know these characters very well, through what they have done or not done along with how their friends and family react or what they say.

9 comments:

  1. Love hearing about a book that is so good you don't want to set it down! Have heard so many good things about this series that I'm going to have to pick them up, although I think I may wait and read them all at once.

    Really enjoyed your review!

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  2. WHY CAN'T I FIND A COPY OF THIS?!?
    I can't read Hunger Games, I have decided, until I have this. Because, as you put it, "everytime I went to set the book down to go back to work or go to bed (so I could get up for work) something else would happen and I had to keep going."
    I want tp be able to just go on into the other.
    I love this kind of book!
    thanks for the review :-)

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  3. Alexia - I was thinking this morning I really like waiting until a whole series is out to read them so I can go straight through. At the end of this book I was ready to pick up the third (and to be last book), yet it is not out yet. Reading all three together would be a great idea.

    Brizmus - I hate to mention it... but this is to be a trilogy. I really can't wait until the 3rd one comes out. I just went on to Suzanne's site to see if I could see anything on the 3rd one and didn't see anything. Catching games just came out last month and Hunger Games was out September 2009, so I am hoping no longer than a year for the third.

    Thank you both for stopping by!

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  4. Mel, you have been throwing Reviews out left and right and good ones at that! I have just not had much time to do anything lately LOL! I loved this book too and another great cliffhanger ending! The only bad thing is we must wait a whole nother year until the next one comes out! LOL! I'm so team Peeta!

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  5. Krista - I most of the reviews lately are from books I have been pulling off my shelf to get ready for the next one in the series coming out. I will be slowing down here again. I can NOT wait till next year for the third book. I love Peeta, but I am pulling for Gale. I don't know why, he hasn't shown up much in the books but even since the first one I was for Gale.

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  6. Yeah I loved Gale in the first one too, Mel, but then Peeta kind of caught my heart in this one...I think I'd be okay with either of them winning her heart..LOL!

    Did you get on BandN last night to reply to this? I haven't been over there today and really don't think I have time to after I spent forever writing a new blog post LOL! I am kind of behind on Book discussion stuff as well as my blog! Moving sucks excpet the part about having a new house! LOL!

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  7. Krista - Yeah, I posted over at B&N on this last night. I havn't been over to check it out yet tonight. I will get there eventually... I have a post to put in here with awards then I will be over there to check everything out.

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  8. Always when I see something about Catching Fire/The Hunger Games trilogy I have this urge to re-read the series, with this review wasn't any different. I agree that this book had such a quickly pacing, it was the one with more quickly pacing of the three and the character development in this one is just so great too. Love revisited this world with your review :)
    Deyse @ http://deysesays.wordpress.com/

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    1. Deyse F. Well, thank you. I have to get to watching this movie now too. Curious to see how it looks on screen. :) Glad you enjoyed the review. And thank you for visiting.

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