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Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Young Adult
Pages: 391
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.

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.
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 in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
*I purchased this book to read and review*

First off let me say that I enjoyed the first book much more than I did the second. And the one reason why I did in the first was that there was more suspense and less emotion hopping. When you start off in Catching Fire Katniss and Peeta are going around each district on their Victory Tour, and it's just so BORING! Sure there were some parts that were made to draw you in because who wants a boring beginning in a book. No one, that's who. My brother, who never reads but loved The Hunger Games, didn't finish this book because of how the beginning took off on the wrong foot. Beauty and riches, parties and dresses. I wanted what the first book had, not a protagonist who couldn't pick and choose which boy to throw herself at and was pampered to every beck and call.

Katniss, oh what happened to you? The Hunger Games. She suffers from the woes of a teenage beating heart and two boys who will do anything for her. But she doesn't have the balls to pick, and uses President Snow as an excuse. I'm not one for whiny main characters but Katniss just took things to a whole new level. And her undying resolve to keep Peeta alive doesn't help her case because it's just really annoying.

The reason why I didn't stop reading the book, from the first time Katniss pissed me off to no end or the boring beginning putting me to sleep, was one character: Finnick Odair. Literally the only reason. The whole entire second half of the book had gotten so much better because there was so much Finnick in it and from the action that I was looking for from the very first chapter, not pretty pampered Katniss. Having won the Hunger Games back when he was only fourteen-years-old--Fourteen!--Finnick is strong, loyal, and cunning. And he's nice on the eyes, too. I will read the next book, even though I know how Mockingjay ends and what happens in between, only because my love for Finnick is just too strong to stay away. And because the cliffhanger was really good I must confess.

Final Summation: Finnick. Yes, I have found a character that I can adore. After bashing most guys in YA, I have found one that is thankfully not a main love interest and whipped. The action towards the ending and the cliffhanger was definitely the one of the best things the second book had going for it. Katniss was not a factor that I liked in this book and I wish there was more good character development rather than cold, emotion-flipping, pampered, boring old Katniss. I wanted what the first book supplied in her, but I got something that I never wanted in a strong main character that she was. Oh well.

First Line: I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.
Story: A
Cover: C