Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Book #14 of 50 on the Goodreads Book Challenge

GENRE: Young Adult
PAGES: 480
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones


WARNING: This review may contain spoilers for The Hunger Games. For a review for the first book in the series, please click here.

After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns to her district, hoping for a peaceful future. But Katniss starts to hear rumours of a deadly rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion that she and Peeta have helped to create. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless Katniss and Peeta can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. This is the terrifying sequel to "The Hunger Games".

If you have read The Hunger Games, the first book in this trilogy then I'm sure you were shocked by the events of this book just as much as I. I never know how this series is going to carry on, I always find my self at a crossroads and can't imagine what the path ahead will look like.
The beginning of the book is somewhat slow, it has to be said, but they were seeds and morsals of information that had to be put in place for the benefit of the reader and are therefore excusable in my view. You see even more how much the Capitol controls the lives of its people, even the money that Katniss recieves on winning the Hunger Games comes with the knowledge that depending on what happens with the next games, Katniss would always be involved in the wanton killing of other people. Its details like this that shows just how strong a dystopian novel it is.
The building and continuing characterisation is fantastic; it asks you to put yourself in the position of every person, which asks a lot of the reader really but works so well. Everyone becomes more important, and so much more vulnerable after Katniss recieves a visit from President Snow warning her of carrying on her defiance of the Capitol. As you can imagine, Katniss is rather headstrong and doesn't heed his warning. The President then resorts to Quarter Quell. What this is I won't spoil for you, but in true Collins fashion you know it isn't going to be pretty.
Everything in this book has meaning. From the names of the tributes, to the districts and the arenas themselves. I've noticed that the most searched for thing on the blog is what these things actually do mean, and as such I will find a link to somewhere that lists them or research them myself if such a page doesn't exist.
I can't wait to find out what is going to happen in the final book, especially when the end of this one is such a kick in the gut. Katniss' world has been turned upside down now, and there is certainly no going back to her life beyond the fence.
What more can I say apart from: read it. You won't regret it. Look out for the Hunger Games film out in 2012.

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