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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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Apr 03, 12

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Read on April 01, 2012

Addictive does not never begin to describe these books. I will have to wait a few days just so I can recover some sleep after reading the first two.

When I first picked up this book, I had absolutely no idea where it was going. The Games were over, Katniss was home...where could it go? I both pleasantly surprised and a bit disappointed. I was happy to see that Collins took the story to the next step, moving outside of the exclusive focus on the Hunger Games to broader examination of the historical, sociological, and cultural context of Panem. I also like how the reader starts to learn that there is more going on than meets the eye. I also appreciate how Collins expands her exploration of human nature moving from our morbid fascination with humans hunting each other (which I explore in my first HG book review) to tactics of governmental oppression and fear.

I was disappointed, however, in how fantastical things have started to become. Okay, the government is oppressive, but some of the steps they take are a bit over the top. Or are they? I was shaking my head at times, but at the same time wondering if perhaps it is a realistic glimpse of an evil dictatorship on the edge...

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Shirley They're kind of addictive, eh?

Caitlin Uh. Yeah. I think I have gone three nights with veeeeeery little sleep :).

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