As usual, I'm slow on the uptake, but I'm definitely jumping on the Hunger Games band wagon. Not because it's popular, but because it really is that freaking awesome.
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.
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.
MY RATING: 5 STARS
Review time (but if anyone has read this and wants to talk it over with me, I'm more than eager!):
bite the bullet and review this thing, even though there are few things
more intimidating than writing a review for a book this popular, or as
irritating as reviewing a book you enjoyed. What can you say that
someone else hasn't? How do you keep the enthusiasm reined in? Is a
Forget comparing this series to Twilight. I'm
comparing the experience of reading it to Stieg Larsson's Millennium
trilogy. I got sucked in quickly, ended up rooting for a bad ass female
lead capable of ruthless acts all in the name of a very specific moral
code (that doesn't quite tally with what most would call "moral"), found
myself mentally screaming as I read WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!, and
still have one book left to read! Fortunately, this series is easier to
talk about than Millennium...which is why I'm going to quit rambling
about the one and focus on the other.
I didn't say anything about Haymitch and Cinna in my review for The Hunger Games,
and I have no idea why. Both of them are great characters! Matter of
fact, I'm hard pressed to find a boring character in these books so far.
Even the expendable ones like Madge and Greasy Sae aren't what I'd call
boring, but Haymitch and Cinna both work as interesting father figures
for Katniss. Ms. Collins also seems to have given them greater
dimension, and development! Yay! I liked learning about Haymitch's
experience in the Games in particular; it shows how cunning and
calculating a person he really is, which is important later on.
read most of this in a day because 1) I was sitting at home with
nothing else to do (translation: nothing else I felt like doing) and 2) I
couldn't for the life of me walk away from it. When I finally got the
chance to just sit and read, that was it. It was intense and just so
darn easy to read in the first place, and had I stopped to consider
possible plot twists I might have seen a few of them coming, but that's
just it! I COULDN'T stop! It had me by the throat, and there was no
thinking to it! I actually felt like I hit a brick wall a few times,
like President Snow dropping a bomb on everyone, and Peeta dropping a
bomb on everyone, and Haymitch dropping several bombs on Katniss.
by the way, I still consider emotionally retarded (Hello! Peeta, woman!
Gale can go fly a kite in a lightning storm for all I care!), but she's
still as awesome as ever. I rank her up with Lisbeth Salander and Jacky
Faber as the coolest heroines I've read lately, if not ever. She may
not always have a clue and she might shuffle her feet, but when she
finally gets on course she commits and doesn't look back. Well, she
doesn't look back in time...
Which brings me to one of the
cruelest cliff hangers ever written. I've seen a few doozies, but that
one had me nearly throwing the book across the room and beating my
sister over the head for the next book until I remembered I have Mockingjay
on ebook and could, in fact, read it before her. *insert evil laugh*
What's going to kill me, if this series doesn't finish me off first, is
waiting for the next movie to come out.
It might be premature,
but I think Suzanne Collins might have earned a spot on my list of
favorites. She's definitely earned my respect and admiration. 'Nuff
Your humble book nerd,