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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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Aug 11, 13

bookshelves: dystopia, romance, sci-fi, favorites
Read from September 15, 2011 to August 11, 2013

** spoiler alert ** What I want to say most about this book is that I am so glad that it wasn't a second book failure. So many amazing series start off great and then go down hill to the second book and then pick back up again. This book stands as strong as the first in all its own rights.

I feel kind of ashamed to have started reading this series after all the hype, but in a way I'm glad because I don't have to wait to see what's going to happen next, I can just pick up the next book straight away. I knew from the get go that this book was going to be solid and have all the breathtaking moments that you come to expect from Suzanne Collins in this series. Each chapter of this book ends in such a way that makes it impossible to put down. I knew it was coming, it was inevitable that Katniss and Peeta were going to be thrown into something else that threatens their lives yet again and the Quarter Quell did just that. President Snow didn't realize though just how many people were decieving him behind his back and making plans to override his plans of his joyous little Hunger Games. The terrible thing though is President Snow isn't just any old person, you can feel just how nasty he is and how terrifying he can be. The way he is written makes you want to side with Katniss and kill him yourself. These emotions that are triggered just by reading a passage from this book was a real highlight for me.

I loved the new characters too. Finnick seemed arogant and cocky but he's much more than that and he really grew on me. The lingering suspense around all the characters out to keep Peeta alive was something I kept trying to decipher the entire time reading Catching Fire. All ready to sacrifice something just to see out a revolution, it was admiring.

To be honest, and I hate admitting this, but I actually liked the idea for this Hunger Games a lot. A clock with different segments of terrifying possibilites. A lot more original than the last Hunger Games, but also not as hard to get around as the original one. This book just kept up a steady pace of excitement throughout and I honestly can't say a bad word at all. My only criticism, and I believe I said something similar in my first review, is I don't really enjoy the idea of dressing someone up to head to their doom. I still don't see the point in parading them around in such a manner, but then there would be no surprising lead up to the games.

The romance for this book isn't over the top either. You can easily see just how much Peeta loves Katniss and you know that she is struggling with what she is feeling, whether or not it is love that she is feeling for Peeta or if it's something she doesn't want to misjudge. I find it quite plain to see that she is in love with Peeta, I wish I could just jump in and tell her that's what I see! At the same time she is still conflicted by Gale. Understandable, but I see Gale for her as the best friend type, someone who you love unconditionally no matter and it goes no further. I believe Katniss doesn't want to hurt him, doesn't want to lose someone so special to her.

I'm excited to see what's going to eventuate in the last book, Mockingjay. I am already a fair way into it and I can't wait to get back to it! But Catching Fire is one hell of a sequel. This book shows the power of love and friendship, of strength and the ability to stride through the fire and remain victorious.
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