Saturday, February 18, 2012

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2)

Title Catching Fire
Genre Dystopia, Young Adult
Stand alone or series The Hunger Games #2
Pages 391
My Average 98 pages a day
Reading Difficulty 
(on a scale of 1-5 5 = dictionary vernacular)

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2)

I don't want to go into too much detail because this is the second book in the series and if you haven't read the first book, you will not know a lot that is going on now, and it might give away the ending to the first book so I will say this:

Obviously Katniss is the main character of book one, and remains the main character of the next book. (Most books don't diverge from this plan, and keep the main character/narrator a constant... except for Twilight...) She struggles with Hunger Games night, and mares, but her nightmare is only beginning. President Snow doesn't like the way things ended in the last Hunger Games, and he intends on punishing the one who caused all of his troubles, Katniss Everdeen. 

"I outsmarted his sadistic Hunger Games, made the Capitol look foolish, and consequently undermined his control."

"Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark, that left unattended, may grow into an inferno that destroys Panem."
Again, this is the second book in a trilogy, and thusly I will not be writing a full review. Why you ask? Because what's the point of a review? To tell people how good or bad a book is. If it's worth your time and money. The thing is, with the next book in a series, you the reader has already made up your mind weather or not to read it. If you liked the first book, it's sufficient to say you will read the next book. If you hated the first book, you defiantly won't put yourself through more torturous reading of the same characters and plot direction.  

I loved the title. There was so much meaning from beginning to end associated with it. I can't wait to read the next book and find out how meaningful Mockingjay will be. There is already a hint at the end of book two. This book, though good, was not as good as book one. Katniss is an annoying character for the first half of the book, then something snaps and she changes her tune. I felt like the first third of the book was just fluff. Compared to the direction we were taken, it didn't really have much substance. Also, the ending was predictable to me, but then I also predicted the ending of book one. 

Rating: A-

Who should win Katniss' heart? Peeta or Gale?

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