Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

cfTitle: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Source: Purchased

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5 stars copy

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. (Source: Goodreads)

Following their victory at the previous year’s Hunger Games Katniss and Peeta go on a victory tour of Panem. What they find on the tour shocks them, Panem is in revolt. And they are the faces of the revolution. The Quarter Quell, marking the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, is occurring this year and it is the perfect way for the Capitol to strike back. What awaits Panem in this year’s Hunger Games will only act to upset the districts even more. Can Katniss survive the revolution when she’s the number one target in the eyes of the Capitol?

I enjoyed The Hunger Games but Suzanne Collins sure outdid herself in this sequel. Taking all of the amazing action and world building of the first book and really developing a stronger sense of emotions and character makes this sequel far better than the first book. I was so impressed the whole time I was reading it because it really sucked me in and kept me reading, and I felt significantly less annoyed with characters and poorly written emotions. Amazing! For fans of the movies: the movie is pretty much exactly the same as the book, they stuck to it so well.

The world building from the first book is consistent in this book. The strong sense of politics is there and is so well developed and easy to understand. With the introduction of some active dissent as well! Collins definitely handled the introduction of the revolution well. And also the building of this mythic “District 13” which was previously destroyed. Just overall this part of the plot is so well handled. Then there is the Quarter Quell, in which previous victors return to the games. This is probably the shortest part of the book, but it is so important. The action and interactions between the previous victors are all so important to really showcasing the overall tone of the world of Panem and the politics of the world. The victors are overall really angry and there’s a sense of camaraderie between them all, which was really interesting and probably one of my favourite things in the book.

In review of the last book I noted that you never really got to know anyone in the book and that you largely didn’t feel much for them. There was a distance in the writing of the first book, which wasn’t there anymore in this book. Collins has fixed that one little fault in her book. Now you get to know all kind of people, Katniss and her family, Peeta, Haymitch, the other victors, everyone really. I think what really helped with this was that the tone wasn’t so emotionless, it was really wrought with emotion. Katniss has been broken to the point of being unable to contain how she feels. This really creates a sense of connection between the reader and the characters because she’s much more accessible now. The romantic storyline becomes much more important in this book, but remains as confusing as always because Katniss is horribly confused about Gale and Peeta. I think it was a little hard to care about Gale as he is probably the person you know the least about whereas Peeta is this kind of…sweet, angelic, caring person who you get to know really well. I didn’t care too much about the romance as…just hoping for Peeta to survive.

I definitely enjoyed this book much more than the first one. This was also the case with the second movie. Collins definitely improved on her original book in this sequel and I can only how for even more awesome in the final book.

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