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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Book Review: Catching Fire (Hunger Games 2) by Suzanne Collins


where I got my copy: Borders
where else to buy: Amazon, BN

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.

It is better late than never. That is what I felt when I was reading this book. Instead of the usual annoyance that I should have place it on top priority above others. Ok, I have a lot of favorite books / series but after the intensity of what is written here, I actually forgot the rest of my favorite book. Well... until now, I was glad that Spirit Bound is out and makes up for waiting for Mockingjay to be release later this year.

Katniss and Peeta is back, still pretending that they are a couple, still the Capitol's puppet. But after much threatening and whispers of a rebellion. Katniss & Peeta together with the other victors of each District found themselves playing Hunger Games again.This time it was special since this is the 75th year of the Games, one of the Quarter Quell.  The horrors of last year's Games came haunting Katniss once again. But she can't do anything, if she wants her family and Gale's and Peeta's to survive she would have to play President Snow's game.

I am not sure if the scenes that happened in this year's Game was much darker or not compared to the Hunger Games? There was clearly something brewing when the Capital replaced the head Peacekeeper at Katniss's District, and most especially Cinna's sacrifice. And then the alliance happened, sure there were vicious and disturbing things that happened but I did not cringe as much. I love the plot, the writing and how everything pans out. But what's frustrating? The ending of course. Nope its not bad, it was the perfect cliffhanger. So I did what I always do, I let out an impressive slew of curses, silently though, since I read this last bit of info during my lunch break.

I am not too much of a Team "anyone" at the moment. Gale is with a disadvantage at the moment. Peeta had a huge chunk of story ahead of him. He is an awesome painter, baker, liar and speaker. Props! when he did that announcement while being interviewed by Caesar, and he is always so sweet, so sensitive yet Gale seems to be in another level, maybe because Katniss speaks highly of him? or maybe because she seems to be perfect for each other, since they can both defend themselves and had been friends for so very long? I don't know, if he gets more spotlight on the next book I might be able to pick a Team...

How about you, on whose team are you on?


L. Diane Wolfe said...

As many times as I've seen this series reviewed, I really need to pick up a copy!
Another better late than never?

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Hi Diane! Nice of you to drop by my site :)
Yes, yes! you should read it soon, or wait till July so you can read all three books without suffering on the wait. If you happen to like them like I do. LOL. The Third and last book is going to be published this August.

Rex Robot Reviews said...

I would totally give this book 10 of my robots and 10 of your peace signs, haha!! It deserves 20!!!

elizabeth said...

I loved this book, too!

I am Team Gale :)

Fiction Vixen said...

Another great review!!

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