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Friday, September 4, 2009

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


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.

While I was excitedly anticipating the release of Catching Fire, I was also weary. When a book is as good as The Hunger Games it’s hard to carry on that high level of interest in another book, especially without the suspense of the Games. Nevertheless, Collins has once again delivered a wildly captivating novel that, in my mind, exceeds the first.

Catching Fire is like a roller coaster ride. Every turn of the page brings another revelation, another shock that you could’ve never seen coming. From complete elation to the pits of despair, there’s no telling what will happen next. After all, going through something as traumatizing as the Games with a character makes a pretty strong connection between the reader and character. Even if the interest level hadn’t been as high in this book as the first, getting to see what happens to Katniss after the Games would’ve been enough for me.

If you haven’t read The Hunger Games or Catching Fire yet, I suggest you do so. Especially before the release of the next book, because if it’s anywhere near as good as this book alluded to it’s sure to be a hit.

5 Stars!

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