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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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Apr 26, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

What do you do, when the whole world is out to get you, and the only way to stay alive is to fight back? In the sequel to the Hunger Games, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is a creatively engineered book that immediately re-captures the reader’s attention to the point that it is very difficult to put down. Collins uses creative syntax, emotional plots, and positive references from the first book to bring the story even more to life than ever.

At this point in her life, Katniss Everdeen is beyond determined. After winning the games and still being a target of aggression, she begins to live out her life without purpose, unsure of what to do with herself now that her family is safe. Until she’s thrown back into the games. Collins in these stressful parts of Katniss’s life uses creative syntax to portray the feelings behind the curveballs that are thrown at her. When told that she was going to be in the “Quarter Quell” (another Hunger Games) you can implicitly tell from the way that the author portrays the news that Katniss is completely emotionally stunned. Collins properly gives life to her characters through simply her sentence structures.

When reading Catching Fire, the reader is thrown through an arena of emotions. After already living through the terror of the first traumatizing Hunger Games the reader is transported back to that same emotion when realizing with Katniss that she is about to embark on another nightmare. Collins uses a unique twist in the second story by almost mirroring the first story. Instead of a peaceful outcome when everyone is happy, Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, must once again fight for her life, the lives of the ones that she loves, and the lives of complete strangers.

When living through the second story, it is easy to notice the constant reference to the first Though still different in many ways, the two stories creatively combined to make a very life-like situation. Constantly remembering memories of the second Hunger Games, the people she loved, and her conflicting emotions about Peeta from the very beginning captures the reader’s attention. It is intriguing because through the two books, Collins has showed how Katniss grows from a rebellious teenager, into a determined strong woman.

Through difficult times and unforgetable situations, Katniss and Peeta defy the odds by breaking free from the gruesome routines of Panem and the horrors that await them every year. While reading this story, you will experience a wide range of emotions starting with the reentering of the games, the strange friendships that arise, the break out of the rebels, the capturing of Peeta, and the destruction of District 12. Suzanne identifies you emotionally with the character and situations by using strong syntax, creative plot, and necessary references to the first book.
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