Oct 10, 09
Read in October, 2009
** spoiler alert **
I guess I was a little bit disappointed with this book. The first 2/3 of it was so good... And then it kind of went downhill.
The whole Quarter Quell thing felt like a remake of the first book. We've already seen Katniss fight to the death in an arena with 23 people out to kill her; why make her do it again? I would have liked the author to continue the whole 'rebelling against the government' thing, and have Katniss and Peeta be a mentor in the Games, not contestants (again). And it never felt like she was really there. It was rushed through, and it seemed as though Suzanne Collins added it in at the last-second when she decided to make the book a little bit thicker.
Also, this story seemed more brutal than the first. Was it just me? Maybe because I haven't read the Hunger Games since January, but it seemed like the deaths were more... detailed. The Peacekeepers shot people in the head way more frequently, and what's with President Snow smelling like blood and roses?
And, they ended it without telling what happened to Cinna. I need to know what happens to him. I can guess that Peeta's still alive, they won't kill him off (yet), that makes the whole Peeta vs. Gale situation way too easy. But Cinna? There's no telling what will happen to him.
But despite my problems with the storyline, the ending, the descriptions, I still liked Catching Fire. And I'm still waiting for book three (probably Sept. 2010). Sigh...