Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #2)

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Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Format: Hardcover (391 pages)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Publication Date:  September 1st 2009
Rating: 5/5
Source: Bought from Amazon
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Summary from Goodreads:

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 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.

What I think:

Wow. Just… Wow. I am definitely speechless after reading this book. Catching Fire was both amazing and thrilling. I enjoy every single moment while reading. The plot of The Hunger Games' sequel can be summarized in one word: INTENSE. After Katniss and Peeta were crowned victors of the 74th Annual Hunger Games, one might think that all their misery are finally over and that they can enjoy a luxurious life. However, with the Capitol still in power, Katniss realized that this luxurious life is actually another death sentence.

I felt like Catching Fire did a neat job in further elaborating Katniss' personality. I mean, yes, Katniss is not a “nice” person, but there are reasons behind it. I personally love how the characters are questioning themselves and battling their inner turmoils which didn't happen in the previous book. For Peeta, I felt like there could be more character development, however, I am happy with the amount of attention devoted to him in this book. Although new characters were introduce into the plot, I didn’t feel as connect as I did with Rue. However, I  particularly enjoyed reading about Finnick Odair (swoon worthy...).

Catching Fire has less action in comparison to The Hunger Games. A good 2/3 of the book was dedicated to Katniss’ problems and her thoughts on how to escape the Capitol’s grasp (not much is said on Peeta and Haymitch except some crucial parts). The last 1/3 of the book was where all the actions are and those scenes exceed my expectation.

Like The Hunger Games, Catching Fire was a fast paced book yet you can still feel everything even though details were left off. The emotion that Suzanne Collins created with her words were vivid especially the feeling of betrayal, hurt and confusion. Each chapter flowed really well and the sentences were beautifully crafted. The ending was perfect as cliffhanger and it was really unexpected!


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