Time for Book #2! Sorry for the delay! Summer-time studying is harsh, and I'd better get myself rolling on those SAT words before it's too late in the Fall -tired face- Anyway, I was super happy to read all the lovely comments on my review for the first book, so I hope you'll enjoy this review as well!!!
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication: 2009, Scholastic Inc.
Summary: 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 longtime
friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds
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....read more
The second book in a trilogy should extend, bridge and build, and "Catching Fire" manages to achieve that and some more. Not losing the sacred momentum so well laid by the first book, this sequel pushes through the palpable sky to somewhere in the beyond.
Abundant in ridiculously shocking surprises, "Catching Fire" soars and dances to and from many settings, some familiar and some not. The flames build nicely from some of the first book's wood, enough to keep readers oriented, but not as much that is repetitive.
Collins has achieved an admirable balance in literary ingredients here. Added to the fiery mix are new characters that prove to be effective and skillful in swaying the plot to reach an exciting peak. A terribly smart and bolstering bridge that climbs even higher, "Catching Fire" will keep you hooked just as well as "The Hunger Games".
However, it is unfortunate that the end is a tad choppy and messy and deteriorated the feeling of the entire book, slowing down the possible final propelling wind toward "Mockingjay". Nevertheless, still a heart-racing and utterly entertaining sequel that can steal your breath and leave you hanging in mid-air for the finale.
Rating: ✿✿✿✿ 4/5 Blossoms
Final Notes: I remember enjoying this (almost) just as much as the first book. I think it was really great how Ms. Collins brought the epic arena back, but altered it so smartly that it was not at all repetitive or boring for the second time around. For someone wanting more after "The Hunger Games", this one doesn't disappoint for the most part.
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