Sunday, September 11, 2011

Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
 The Hunger Games series book 2
Scholastic Press   September 1, 2009
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Rating: I loved it!
Recommendation: fans of the young adult genre, those who have read The Hunger Games, and those who love a good story with a human hero
Katniss is back; she has returned from her turn in the games and all she wants is things to go back to normal. But how she ended the games, bringing home two winners instead of the traditional sole survivor, makes it very difficult for things to ever go back to normal. In fact she may have unintentionally started something that she cannot control nor can she stop it. Despite the threats made to the ones that she loves, she may not be able to turn the tide of the uprisings that she has become the symbol for. Then all of Pandem is in for a surprise when they read the card for the Quarter Quell. Devastating news that means that both Katniss and Peeta are going back into the games. It could just be the President’s way of getting rid of the symbol the uprising, or it could be fate stepping in for a love that doesn’t seem to stand a chance. The reason no longer matters when Katniss decides to join the uprising, now it’s only a matter of figuring out who exactly that she and Peeta can trust.
Wow. Sometimes the second part of a trilogy is the hardest book to read; it is often the continuation of a story but a holding place until the third or next book comes out. This was an exciting book that kept me turning the pages. It took me a total of a day and a half to finish and that long only because life got in the way. Sometimes authors spend too much time reviewing what happened in previous books, but Collins didn’t do that. Catching Fire picked up after Katniss and Peeta had returned home and they had to face what their saving love meant to those that they left behind.
Katniss is a hero to an entire nation that was only waiting for an opportunity to stand and fight, but she doesn’t know it. It’s not something she asked for or even expected. She is not even aware that she has created the unrest that has begun to settle of the 12 different districts. But she soon learns that not everything she knew still holds true. She is faced with the choice between saving herself and sacrificing herself for the cause. The cost is great, but in the end she does what she thinks is best.  I can honestly say that I am proud of her choice, and not at all surprised that once again things do not go as planned for her.
I am definitely looking forward to the third book in this series, and want to check out some of Collins’ other works.
Always Shine,
Starr K.

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