Posted by Clash Tuesday, 02 March 2010 11:06
Review by Angi for Teen Lit Review
Description: From Book Jacket:
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale hold her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost i their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before . . . and surprising readers at every turn.
Review: Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) was a disappointing follow up to the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games was a well written book full of action and suspense along with carefully created and believable relationships. There were cute parts, funny parts, excitig parts – it wasn’t a complete waste of time. It was definetly a predictable book that unlike the cover claimed was not surprising at every turn. Catching Fire could have been so much more than just a filler between the beginning (book 1) and the end (book 2). However, it appears as though the author viewed it as just another day at the office with a payday to follow.
Positive: The loyalty that Katniss shows to Peeta and Gale is heartwarming and admiral.
Spiritual Elements: None
Violence: There are many intense scenes of violence and gory injuries.
Sexual Content: There is kissing and snuggling together.
Other: Just as in the first book, many or relationships are full of deception, manipulating and ulterior motives.
Recommendation: My daughter read The Hunger Games for her book club, soon after, my book club picked it as well. After finishing Hunger Games, we wanted to read the sequel right away. Unfortunately, Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) was a disappointment to me. She liked it, but not as much. The series is not for the faint of heart, there were parts that can really gross you out. I am hoping that book three, Mockingjay, gets back to great storytelling of book one.
Title: Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games), Author: Suzanne Collins, Primary Audience/age group: Young Adult, Genre: Fiction, # Of pages: 400 pages, Publisher: Scholastic Press, Year of Release: 2009, Part of a Series? Yes, 1 of 3