Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Publication Date: September 9, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Borrowed (Thanks, MJ!)
Summary via Goodreads:
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull’s-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.
I’ve finally read Catching Fire which is the second installment from The Hunger Games trilogy by the ever-amazing Suzanne Collins. It was great and I simply I loved the plot. Everything is pretty much raised up to the next level which totally surprises me because action-wise the first book, The Hunger Games, pretty much has it all. So I was extremely astonished by Suzanne Collins’ brilliant head! The action was unbelievably amazing and the twists is just so, so intense I definitely did not see that coming!
However, I was a little disappointed with Katniss in this one in relation on how she dealt with all the Peeta and Gale stuff. I mean she’s fantastic on action and other parts but on that certain part I can’t help but feel frustrated. There were parts where I was already shouting “Girl!! Just make your mind up already!!!”. Yeah, perhaps because she’s supposed to make her decision on the third book, which I am currently reading, but still, I can’t help feeling that way. Peeta, the ever-sweet and smart Peeta, I still love him. Actually, I like Peeta in this book than Katniss. Surprisingly, I find myself excited on getting to know Gale when I first started reading this book (albeit the fact that I am Team Peeta all the way). Because I was really expecting that there will be a little bit more Gale scenes on this one but it was almost the same with the first book, my impression on him did not change at all, he’s still “Katniss’ hunting best friend” …and maybe a little bit more but that’s it. There were also new characters introduced and I had so much fun meeting them.
Despite my personal issues on the book, I loved Catching Fire as much as I loved the first one (and because that cliff-hanger in the end gave me goosebumps!). I’m giving this a 4.5 out of 5 stars and I certainly recommend this to all those who enjoyed the first book and to all dystopia enthusiasts!