Catching Fire

Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins

Holy smokes. Why did I wait to read this book?  While I was reading Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, I kept thinking back to Amy Tan’s autobiography (I was obsessed with her when I was younger and read everything she wrote). She said that after she become famous from The Joy Luck Club, everyone warned her about writing a second book, explaining how it wouldn’t be as good as a famous first book. Her fans would be disappointed, and so on.

Well, there really isn’t much an author can do to write something better than The Hunger Games. While Catching Fire follows the trend of second books not being as good, this one comes pretty damn close. I felt the same worry and overwhelming terror as Katniss battles an even greater enemy: the Capital.  I am mostly disappointed with the ending, but since there is a third book waiting for me, I’ll disregard that feeling for now.

After reading this book, I found myself loving characters I previously was unsure about (like Peeta and Cinna) and completely adoring characters I already wished were really alive (like Gale).  And it even introduced me to new characters to adore, like Finnick!

Peeta won the Goodreads award for best hero–so I am expecting awesome things in this next book.  I don’t think I’ll be able to stop thinking about it long enough to read something different.  And speaking of something different, I heard rumors they’re making a movie out of these books.  I’m not quite sure how I feel about that, though as long as they find a good team of smart, awesome people to make it, I think it might turn out okay.  I don’t think I need to tell you I’ve given this book a 5/5–read them!

2 thoughts on “Catching Fire”

  1. Though I think Collins is great at plot and pretty good at character, I actually think her writing style is rather not-good. Not really bad, but not good. Not Stephanie Meyer, but not Robin McKinley either.
    But man, the plot and the world-building are GREAT. I still refuse to read books 2 and 3, because I don’t want to read about the (probably horrificly violent) overthrow of a dystopian dictatorship. I understand shit goes down in a big way though.

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