Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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.
I don't even know how to begin! Collins sure knows how to leave a person hanging at the end of a book. I've already started reading the third one in the series and I finished this novel in a matter of 24 hours due to the suspense! Anyway...Catching Fire is a great sequel to The Hunger Games and was not at all what I had expected it to be. I can imagine that this was the climax of the entire series and the final installment will bring it all to a "happy" ending. The decisions that were made, the lies that were told, the entire story itself was wound into so many parts...you didn't know what would happen next! As a reader, you were on Katniss' point of view which made everything skeptical and unbelievable. I was constantly questioning motives and intentions among other characters in this novel. The ending left me hanging and made me immediately have to pick up book number three. My suggestion to anyone reading this series would be to have the third book, Mockingjay, available to you immediately. This series is nothing of what I expected it to be, but I still hold to the belief that it should NOT be read by 12 year olds.