Friday, December 6, 2013

"Read the Book First' Friday!

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Catching Fire (book # 2 Hunger Games Trilogy)
by Suzanne Collins

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 in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn. (Goodreads Summary)

My thoughts:  Catching Fire delivers just like The Hunger Games did. It is action packed and full of high energy, leaving you, the reader, in a frenzy to finish it. For me, this book did not disappoint.

But I wouldn't say it was better than Hunger Games - just like one Harry Potter book is not better than the other.  In fact, I have rarely read a sequel that proves better than the first. I found t
he first half to be a bit slow - even though a lot of horrible stuff happens in it - the book picks up in intensity in the second half and goes over the roof once the Quell's terms are announced. 

I love the wider scope of this second novel - we slowly learn (along with Katniss) about what goes on in Panem. The girl hardly knows her own importance, her worldview is definitely very limited and locked onto her own and her family's survival. 

Collins leaves this book off with a cliffhanger, which was brutal for those of us who had to wait for book 3 to come out.  For those of you are are just reading the trilogy now, it's not so bad because you can immediately read Mockingjay with no wait in between.  You are lucky because, I guarantee, that you will want to run out and grab the last book!

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Official Movie Trailer: