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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 41 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Scholastic Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 1, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B002NLSE8Y
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Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Before I read this book, I read many bad reviews saying that it was the worst book in the trilogy, and that no one would like it. I disagree with many of these insults, but, however I do have one complaint. Why why why, did she HAVE to invent the Quarter Quell? WHY? It ruins the whole story(and yes, I know I wrote that it was incredible amazing eta, but Y'no what I mean.) there is only 1 Hunger Games. She tried to make another Hunger Games, changed a few rules and called it something else. Not good, it makes it more commercial and totally makes the ACTUAL Games seem petty. The Games where the whole point. The first book revolved around the Hunger Games, and the second was supposed to revolve around Katniss being in trouble with the Capitol, not a stupid spin off of the Games. I just think that it would be a LOT better if the Capitol forces all the earlier victors to compete as a new idea, not something that has been around for a while. The Quarter Quell is a ridiculous idea.
That all said and done, the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy was still mind-blowing, and is worth all the $7 buck it was. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go rush off to buy the third and final in the trilogy. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope it helped gather perspective. Goodbye
The Capitol becomes increasingly more aware and even afraid of a very real possibility of a major uprising, the likes of which have not been seen in nearly 75 years. After a visit from President Snow, Katniss is made quite aware of the dire consequences that will await her, Peeta, and all of those they hold dear to them if they do not put on an extremely convincing display of love for each other during the Victory Tour.
Soon after the Victory Tour, preparations for the 75th annual Hunger Games are made. However, these hunger games will allow the Capitol to introduce a little bit of a twist with it being the third Quarter Quell. Every 25 years, a Quarter Quell takes place in which the lucky contestants all happen to be previous winners of the Hunger Games and have varying ages from 14 to even 80 years old. There are some very intriguing bits of information in the second part of the book as there are even rumors of a secret district and the intrigue for the reader only gets better from there.
The third part of Catching Fire deals with the 75th Hunger Games. Per usual, there are no shortage of surprises that Collins draws up for her readers. Surprise alliances are formed, romantic relationships deepen, and all new stops from the game makers are introduced. It becomes clear that Capitol will stop at nothing to have one tribute alive yet again and even then that doesn't appear to be a guarantee.
What I liked most about Catching Fire was the coming of age for Katniss as a much deeper and stronger character. I also liked the fact that this book was so much more than just the first book re-hashed. The reader is filled in with a tremendous amount of backdrop information as the power structure of Panem and the people of the 12 districts are explored in much more detail than the previous book in the series. Arguably, there is a case for stating that waiting nearly two-thirds of the book is too long for the real action to start, but as the reader goes along it's clear to see why the book was laid out this way.
As I said before, I couldn't quite give this book 5 stars (even though I did with ratings of 4.5 stars not existing). It's a solid 4.5 stars though mainly because it just didn't have the same shock value and freshness that the first book did. That often can be the case when the first book is great and then the second one doesn't quite measure up. That being said, Catching Fire is no slouch of a sequel and I really enjoyed reading it. I can only hope the finale holds up to the first two!
The writing is superb, it's Suzanne Collins and she is a fantastic writer. The build-up in the life after for the tributes was a little slow until the Quarter Quell games started. I did enjoy the games and alliances a lot more in this book and I am definitely reading the next one too but I'm just not in that much of a hurry.
My favorite parts in this book: Everything about Finnick, he almost came close to being my favorite character. Peeta's leadership qualities and his saint-like approach to everything is nice and all but I loved Finnick and his sense of humor and his practical approach.
The climax was unexpected and surprising, so bravo Collins for delivering again and not disappointing at the height of the novel. I felt a strong connection to Katniss and found her to be funnier even though her situation was more desperate than book 1. Maybe goes to show that we all adapt to crazy circumstances in our lives.
If you are going to read the trilogy, gotta start in book 1 or nothing will make sense, and I'll see you in Book 1, guys! Hope this review was useful!
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