Book Review #18: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

“Sparks are igniting. Flames are spreading. And the Capitol wants revenge.”

Against all odds, Katniss 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 can’t 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 love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

(Warning, there may be small spoilers to the plot of this book. I will try to not spoil it)

Just to also note, this was my second time reading this book, yet beforehand I couldn’t remember what happened in the entirety of the book except for a few details. So, this could technically count as a first time reading this book.

Anyways, on to the review. I thought this book was amazing, it kept me interested overall and despite the kind of shady love triangle in the description of it, it was more of a subplot. Which was awesome, and gives the male demographic more reason to read this book without all the lovey-dovey romance stuff that gets shoved down their throats on a daily basis. This series is basically a saga of war novels.

Katniss shows time and time again that she’s a strong character, even in the face of the fact she may die once again or loved ones may die if she doesn’t truly show that she loves Peeta. She is also willing to face death for him, which is a very strong thing for her to do.

I myself found this book to be a lot more interesting, because of the whole rebellion thing starting up, the Capitol being more strict about uprisings and such and so forth. The whole Quarter Quell arena was also much more exciting than in the last both, it had more twists and turns.

The introduction of new characters also helped to give even more life to the series, which you would think things would die down after Katniss and Peeta won in the last novel. While the last novel was predictable in the games’ ending, this could be anyone’s game at this point with the introduction of new characters that we now care about.

The ending leaves us hungry for more, which as a book should. We gained more information on Gale, yet not enough to give him more depth in his childhood relationship with Katniss.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it gave way for excitement for the next and last novel in the Hunger Games series.

I am also excited for the translation of this novel onto the movie screen in 2013, which cannot come fast enough >.<

 

Click Here for my review of Mockingjay!

My Rating
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