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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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Nov 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopian-lit, fiction, science-fiction, young-adult-lit
Read in November, 2011

Though the first book is very realistic in showing government control and detailing gore, this book is much more intense. The government gets crueler and Katniss’s loved ones begin to be tortured or killed. She is forced to present herself for the rest of her life as ever being in love with Peeta, the only acceptable reason for the defiance of the Capitol at the end of the Games. During the Victory Tour, she accidently feeds the restlessness in the districts instead of calming them-—she shows compassion tributes from other districts and does not seem to have enough love for Peeta. The Capitol decides to punish Katniss for her actions. A large benefit of the text is its realism, though it is also a hardship for the reader. The author is not afraid to show how war truly is, and characters are killed off or harshly damaged often. It does not leave a good promise of complete happiness for the final book, but that is to be expected.

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