Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I read this book so quickly, that I didn’t really get as excited about it as I did Hunger Games. However, as I think back on it, I feel like it was the more interesting of the two books so far. I don’t want to give away any plot points for those who haven’t read the books, but I liked how this book gave us a chance to get to know some of the other characters better.

The stakes are higher in this book as Katniss is challenged by the President of Panem to calm the people’s ideas of rebellion. While the first book was mostly about The Games and Katniss, this book digs deeper into the country and government of Panem along with the characters Katniss is in contact with. Katniss has the opportunity to meet and learn about some of the previous victors of the Games, and I really enjoyed learning about the characters from other districts. This book gives the reader the chance to learn more about Panem as a country instead of just District 12 and the capitol. This book also builds more on the relationships between the characters. The Hunger Games spent so much time with just Katniss and Peeta, but Catching Fire illustrates Katniss’ growing relationships with other characters as well.

It is a great second act with lots of excitement. It definitely builds the reader’s anticipation for book three. If The Hunger Games didn't live up to your expectations, read Catching Fire. I think that it could make a believer out of you.

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