Book Review: Catching Fire


Book Review: Catching FireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games #2
Release Date: Sep. 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 400
Source: ALA

Life should be perfect and carefree now that Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games, right? Walking out alive? Check. Never worrying about money/shelter again? Check. Happiness and Bliss? Houston, we have a problem! The Capital is not happy about Katniss and Peeta's win and is viewing it as an act of defiance. Add in the hushed whispers of an uprising, and all hell is about to break loose. Katniss and Peeta know they will be the ones blamed for the chaos. Will they be able to appease the Capital and restore compliance among the districts? Or will this finally be the chance to take down the oppressive government? Catching Fire, the sequel to Hunger Games, is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

I’m not going to do a review-review for this book because it’s so hard to do a proper one without giving anything away. And I really don’t want to mess around with spoiler spaces or anything like that. Plus, I have some exciting news to announce that ties in perfectly with this book & my low-key review. (So that means read to the very end!)

First things first, the review; this book can be summed up in one simple word. WOW. Just…wow. I went into Catching Fire with very high expectations and I was sure that Collins would never be able to live up to them. Boy, was I wrong! This book is exceptionally written and was better than I could have ever imagined. I had had some thoughts about where she could take the storyline, but I never expected the twists she threw in. Although, I do have to admit that at first I was very taken back by what she did. I thought it was overly convenient and too easy, but the more I thought about it the more I realized how perfect it was. It was spot-on on how the government thought and how they took action.

The love-triangle is, of course, still there. I enjoyed being able to see more of Gale, although, it was still not enough. I think I’m also falling more and more in love with Peeta. He has totally won my heart over and may be becoming one of my favorite characters. (But I’m still Team GALE!) I can totally sympathize with Katniss as she continues to try to deal with such a complicated and delicate situation. She was thrown into something as a way to win a game and now untangling her emotions is becoming so hard. I doubt I would be handling it as nicely if I were in the same situation.

And, sadly, this is where my review must stop. I’m too worried that I may give away something I shouldn’t! Besides, if I tell you everything now, there would be nothing to discuss at the first YA book group meeting that is being held by Michelle and myself! The Literary League (Read ‘Til YA Drop) will begin online discussion of Catching Fire on Sept 22nd and will end with a Skype talk the weekend of Oct 4th. I’ll be posting more info/details as it gets closer. I look forward to seeing all of you there!

12 comments

    1. Hmm, interesting point about Katniss. Although I do agree she was a little stupid, I think it’s to be expected. Coming out of the HG has to be hard. I was just happy she wasn’t a drunk like Haymitch

  1. WOW is a great descriptor for this book. Like you I fear reviewing this book (1) because it’s just that good and I’ll likely gush all over the place and (2) because I don’t want to give the good stuff away. People should be able to experience it for themselves and there is just so much of it that how can you properly summarize/review a story that has twists and turns in almost every chapter? Man, oh man.

    I’m totally excited for our inaugural book club meeting. The conversation is going to be fabulous!

  2. A Skype chat would be fun!

    I liked Catching Fire, but it was a little predictable for me. It was well-written though and the second half of the book was really great.

  3. How excited are you for to actually discuss the book?! I hated writing my review because you can’t actually SAY anything about the story line after about 5 pages in. I’m very excited for the YA discussion. Can I WILL you to remain on Team Gale? :O)

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