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Book Review – Catching Fire

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Title: Catching Fire [The Hunger Games 2]

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 472

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Loved loved loved this book far more than the first one.

Lets talk about the characters first. I feel that Katniss had lots of development compared to the first one. She isn’t as much as an ice queen in this book as she was in the first. She tends to act how you would expect a teenager who has been through many awful things would act. She actually cries, which for a good part I was like why haven’t you cried yet? so I was glad that actually happened. You get to also to know about her feelings about the whole Gale and Peeta situation, which had me feeling heart broken at times. I Personally feel she should end up with Gale, its just meant to be, but she will always have a really deep connection to Peeta. I like her better as a strong girl who can kick arse but doesn’t always have her act together. Its more believable.

In this book you also get to see perspective from the Capital people, which in the first book we didn’t get to see and that annoyed me. You get to know how everyone from just the simple people of the Capital to the officials feel about Katniss and all the things that revolve around her. I liked the perspective. I didn’t like how in the first one they were just these people you get no idea of, just know they are there somewhere doing stuff.

You also get to meet more than just the Gale, Katniss, Peeta, and the people who dress them at the capital. You also meet random people, and those who are going to be in the arena. This made it more sad because people you like die.

In terms of plot of theme or storyline or whatever you want to call it alot more happens there as well. In the first book you just see Katniss and Peeta fighting in the games and a few chapters of them at home before they get sent off. This time around we get their time at home, their tour around the districts, what happens AFTER the tour, and another round of games. Though alot more stuff happens in the same nearly the same amount of pages as the last book, some things that happen get skipped over because of the pure amount of stuff that happens. Like when Katniss finds out she can’t say goodbye her family before she goes off to the capital, I feel she would have had more of reaction at the time. She does react later, but at the that it happens is just kind of gets skipped over at the time it actually happens. Some other things probably could have been dropped or shortened, not all sections were thought out all that well.

But from start to finish I was hooked and I stayed up all night to read it and then I straight away read at least a couple of chapters of the third book because I was so wrapped up in it. It did things like make me totally despise Haymitch, which I didn’t think could happen, because he held a spot in my heart from the first book. It also ends of a totally devastating, though great, cliff hanger. I advise those who are reading the second book have the third one handy. If you get into it like me, having to wait to get the last book is going to be painful.

On kinda side note, I can’t wait until the movie comes out. They did a pretty good job on the last one and I’m desperate to see what they do with this one.

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Book Review – The Hunger Games

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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 454

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 23

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

May the odd be ever in your favour.

Winning will make you famous. Loosing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelves boys and girls are forced to appear in the live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book. Though some bits of it were not the most well done, I could not help but caught up in the story and the world.

Im a sucker for dystopian or post-apocalyptic worlds, and if they are done well, which it is here, its just knocks my socks off. The world of the differently struggling and functioning districts controlled by this all mighty Capitol was really interesting. There were some really good little details added to the story about them as well, like how they each had their own style of bread that represented each of them. I also liked the idea of mutated animals to serve a certain purpose.

You don’t get to really meet many characters throughout the book very well, but I liked what I did get to know about each. Of course because the book is from her perspective, you got to know Katniss pretty well. At first she is pretty much described as someone who has it all together because she had to, because she had to grow up too quickly. But you also see cracks in the shell, which I thought was a nice change. While I believe that a girl in her situation could have it all together and be an adult in a younger body, but then I can also see how a girl in her situation could appear completely with it but have moments where the teenager comes through, specially if she has pretty much been handed a death sentence. For the most part she has it all, but then there are moments where she does teenage tantrums and breaks a punch of stuff. I do however that she was a bit too much of an ice queen the rest of the time though. I didn’t really get the feeling that she cared about anything, however I think this had more to do with the writing style however than the character, she did and said a lot of the right stuff, but I just wasnt getting the feelings behind it all. I also thought that she thought too much sometimes. There were parts where I felt that too much information was given that really wasnt given.

Peeta I thought we got a really good look at the kind of person he was, and at the end when they are going home and Katniss is being really a typical confused teenager, I really got the feeling of how crushed he was that everything he thought was actually happening was just a ploy to get them through the games. And even though we did not get to spend a lot of time with Gale, I also felt I know who he is and what he wants. Really, the love triangle that I see coming is one that I dont know how I want it to end up. On one hand Peeta and Katniss share a moment from when she was little and they have had a life altering experience together. On the other we have Gale who has has grown up with and shared many a moment together, though not nearly as significant as being in the games together.

The other characters I felt I met them well enough, but I would have been happier if I had gotten to know a few of them better. I also would have liked to be given other perspectives at some points. Like for the Capitol, what the hell was going on there, what were they thinking? I kind of felt that I was in a black box and new nothing about the people who put me in there or what was on the other side. Im hoping for more information in the next two books.

So all in all I thought the theme, plot and the character were all well done, however the writing style was a bit flat and lacking depth at times.

(On a side note, it has been too long since I have done a review. I had serious issues writing this so I am sorry if its not really up to standards.)