Monday, August 23, 2010

Catching Fire: Hunger Games 2

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young-Adult Fiction/Dystopian
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Age Range:  Young Adult
Pages:  391
Date Scoot Read: Fall 2009 & August 2010
Source:  Hardback Library Book, Audiobook

Scoot's Rating:  10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
: 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.

Scoot’s Review:
This is an amazing book. Seemingly impossible, Catching Fire is even more intense than Hunger Games.  We follow Katniss and Peeta on another jarring roller-coaster ride against the Capital.  Having recently survived and returned home from the annual Hunger Games Katniss and Peeta are thrown back into their normal lives, which are no longer ‘normal’.  Katniss is confused about her new place in life and her feelings regarding Gale and Peeta.   Life as they knew it has changed, and now Katniss is haunted by the Capital for her ‘rebellion’ in the Hunger Games.  Suzanne Collins is an excellent writer, sharing enough detail so you know what is going on, without the violence feeling gory.  You become so enveloped in the writing that you feel the emotions with great clarity.  When something goes wrong for the characters you feel their collective pain and can understand their emotions. Brilliant writing.  Catching Fire, filled with twists, turns, and cliff-hangers is a harrowing thrill-ride.  A must read after the The Hunger Games, and when you read it be prepared to go out immediately to purchase Mockingjay (after August 24, 2010) because you will not want to wait to find out what happens.


Day said...

I agree with you! How lucky are those people who are discovering this series right now? They won't have the agonizing wait we had!

Great review Scoot!
Day @Paperbackdolls

Scoot said...

Thank you! I know... we have been waiting AGES for the third book. I have a friend that just started it a couple of weeks ago. Lucky girl, not having to wait at all! =)

Jennifer said...

I heart this series so much. There are no words to say how much I love this series.

What a wonderful story. The Hunger Games was great. I didn't think there could be anything better. But Catching Fire was great too!


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