Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Catching Fire

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication Information: Scholastic Press. 2009. 391 pages.

Book Source: After reading The Hunger Games, I could not wait to read the other two books in the trilogy.

Favorite Quote: "If desperate times call for desperate measures, then I am free to act as desperately as I wish."

Catching Fire is the second book in the much talked about trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It continues where The Hunger Games leaves off. Katniss and Peeta have won the games and returned home and hope to return to their lives.

However, unknowingly their actions have fueled unrest in Panem and given rise to revolt against the Capitol. Katniss and Peeta are set to begin the tour of all the districts, again as a reminder to all districts of the horror of the games and the control of the Capitol. However, things don't go as planned, and the story takes a turn. An unexpected turn. The adventure continues. The end of the book reveals yet another turn in the story and sets up the third book.

The book and the story, like the first one, is a riveting one. I stayed up all night finishing it because I wanted to find out what happens. This one did not always elicit the emotions that the first book did especially as loyalties and people came under question. The ending too reveals a different side of the story, a whole new set of players and motives. The story moves beyond the story of individuals to the story of a civilization.

I do not care for the direction in which the story is headed in the third book. However, I still can't wait to read it, see if my predictions are correct, and to find out what happens!

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