I’m breaking a rule I set for myself with this blog. I didn’t think I would ever blog a sequel. After all, if you liked a book, and a sequel comes out, you are probably already planning to read it. If you didn’t like a book, why would you want to read the sequel? But maybe you just need a little more convincing. So, while I realize that I have already blogged The Hunger Games, this blog is about the sequel, Catching Fire. I received an advance reader copy of the title – due out September 1st – from a coworker who very kindly brought one back from the ALA Annual Conference. We are two weeks away from the book’s release, and I hope you are all as anxious to read it as I was. If you couldn’t tell from my review of The Hunger Games, I loved the first in this series. Catching Fire, I am happy to say, was a great read as well, if perhaps in a different way.
This review will have spoilers for those out there who haven’t yet read The Hunger Games. But you all should have by now, I blogged it months ago!
The Hunger Games in which Katniss and Peeta participated ended differently than any that had come before. Both Katniss and Peeta were declared the winners, much to the anger and resentment of the Capitol. Katniss’ act of defiance in the Games, in which she proposed that both she and Peeta kill themselves rather than one having to kill the other, is seen as an incendiary act and contrary to the Capitol’s tightly held control. Now they must keep up the pretense of being madly in love to protect themselves and their loved ones from the government’s retaliation. While on their victory tour, Katniss and Peeta visit every district in Panem, and find that in some places there is an undercurrent of dissent among the population. Many have taken Katniss’ rebellion to be a rallying cry, and rebellion is imminent. Although Katniss’ first instinct is to run, and her second to join the fight, neither are possible when the unthinkable comes to pass. It is time again for the Hunger Games.
This book moves at a bit of a slower pace than Hunger Games, but then it would be hard to maintain the breakneck speed of the first book. It still is more of a page turner than you’ll find most anywhere else. The story provides an opportunity to get to know Katniss better, and see how she adjusts to life after the Games. There are still more thrills to be found here, especially in the book’s third section, and if you were a fan of the first book, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the sequel. It is clear that Suzanne Collins is setting up for a blowout finale in the last of the trilogy, currently due to be released next year. By the end of Catching Fire, you’ll be impatiently waiting with me.
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