Thursday, January 27, 2011

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy.  I'm in love.  I read this book in probably less than 24 hours which does not happen very often given my busy schedule.  Again I am at a loss for words so here is a summary from Amazon:

Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve, thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel, Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find herself more the center of attention than ever. The sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit, and Katniss’s fear when Snow meets with her alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta’s mandatory Victory Tour through the districts, preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a truncated version of the Games themselves. Slower paced than its predecessor, this sequel explores the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and a spreading rebellion, ignited by Katniss and Peeta’s subversive victory. Katniss also deepens as a character. Though initially bewildered by the attention paid to her, she comes almost to embrace her status as the rebels’ symbolic leader. Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment.
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Again it sounds a little crazy and sci-fi-ish, but it is soooo good.  This book has a twist that made my jaw drop and made me feel exhausted and angry for the characters.   I got frustrated with Katniss even more in this book and fell head over heels for Peeta.  The story between those two was my favorite part of the whole trilogy. 

This one is just as exciting as fast paced as the first one. 

Of course it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!

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