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Catching Fire (Hunger Games) Paperback – Large Print, March 16, 2012
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- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Paperback : 500 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781594135859
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594135859
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- ASIN : 1594135851
- Publisher : Large Print Press; Large Print edition (March 16, 2012)
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Language: : English
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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
With her success in the Hunger Games, Katniss has unwittingly created more of an impact than she realises and the rumblings of a rebellion are coming to the boil. As the name of this book suggests, the spark of defiance that she showed during the games is slowly but surely catching fire across the districts. Katniss has become the symbol of defiance and hope.
President Snow (what a shifty guy) is keen to keep his hold on power and makes thinly veiled threats towards Katniss to ensure that she doesn’t promote any thoughts of uprising during the tour. She needs to tow the line to keep her family and friends safe, and continue the on-camera romance with Peeta. It’s a tough gig, but she has no choice.
Suzanne Collins really captures the extremes in Katniss’s thoughts, and does a great job of enabling the reader to relate to her constant struggles with her conscience. It seems that the more Katniss tries to remain cool and calm, the more her charisma gives courage and hope to the downtrodden. The fate of the old man who saluted her from the crowd gave warning of worse things to come.
Once the big twist is revealed and the victors find themselves heading off to the arena again, the pace and drama picks up. I had hoped that there would be some sort of united stand and refusal to play the game by the contestants. Without giving anything away to those who haven’t read the book I can at least say that I was satisfied with how things panned out in the end. This series is full of surprises and Johanna’s final act teaches that things aren’t always as they seem.
I watched the movie after reading this book, and easily spotted the sections that had been dropped (eg. Katniss meeting some runaway girls in the cabin who were searching for the fabled District 13). So, which one did I like the best? Well, I try not to compare books to movies, and to just accept them as different ways of telling a story. Yes, books give more details of thoughts and settings and decisions than a movie, but a movie can show so much in an instant that would have taken a lot of explanation in a book. The main thing for me is enjoying the story. Each medium gives a slightly different perspective of the story, which I like. They both have strengths, they both have weaknesses. So, my favourite out of book and movie is… a tie.
In a nutshell: A great second instalment in the Hunger Games Trilogy. I loved this one as much as book 1. It held me captive from start to finish.
Recommended for anyone with a love of characters who overcome hopeless situations and exciting plot twists.
Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
As she and Peeta travel, they witness this rebellious attitude personally and it seems no amount of hamming up their romance for the cameras will make any difference. They even stage a public engagement, which turns on the wedding fever in the Capitol, but does little to change feelings in the Districts. Once they arrive home, they get devastating news…they are both going back into the arena for the 75th Anniversary of the Hunger Games.
Beyond having an exciting story, this book has a lot to say about government oppression, rebellion and how small acts can be interpreted as symbols, setting off unintended consequences. I love YA novels with depth. Each of these characters are dual-natured in that they have both good and bad qualities. Even the dizzy people of the Capitol grow on you once you realize they are innocents.
I love the character of Peeta. (I am definitely Team Peeta all the way!) He is probably the most genuinely good person in the books, yet he is strong and brave as well. He is not afraid to take risks for Katniss whom he loves. While I am still in the point of Katniss not committing her heart to either Peeta or Gale, I definitely see Peeta as the better match for her. They have had such a shared history of the most traumatic times of their lives. Gale seems like trouble to me. His rebellious nature is reckless, where as Peeta’s comes across as smart, calculated and brave. Peeta always frames his rebellion in such a way that the people are on his side and therefore, the government can’t afford to retaliate against him.
Overall, I give Catching Fire…
Plot – 5 bookmarks
Character Development – 4 bookmarks
Love Story – 4 bookmarks
Social Commentary – 5 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Kristin Stewart (Katniss), Hunter Parrish (Peeta), Phillip Kelley, my best friend from high school (Gale), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Haymitch), Megan Mullally (Effie), Tim Gunn (Cinna), Chris Pine (Finnick), Kelsey Batelaan (Prim)
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The first half of the book dragged. It was just endless variations of whether Katniss liked Peeta or Gale more. I mean there was almost nothing else going on. Yeah there were the background rebellion stuff but not too much. It only got interesting again once they were back in the arena. The Capitol showed their ruthlessness a bit more but since they already send kids to their deaths it wasn't like you had much sympathy for them anyway. The arena was good but honestly that was basically the plot of the first book. I did like Finnick though. I also liked how Katniss basically had no thoughts of rebellion in her head, it was kind of forced on her and if the Capitol had let her be it probably would have been fine. Anyway I'll read the next one but not looking forward to it so much.
I had heard a few things about the story but it had totally misled me as to the subject matter. It is thought provoking and thrilling and I did not know how it would end. I would absolutely recommend that you give these books a try as they are outside of my 'usual' and I really enjoyed them.
I am a mum in my 40's and I felt the issues and 'what if's' raised were interesting, they kept my attention as I read all 3 books in about 4 days. Yes they are based in the future, so the author can use some artistic licence about what is possible and what is not - which I think is why these books are aimed at a younger market really. But if you just believe that all is possible and what would happen if we really lived in those times - wow! And the relationships between the characters, the hope, the determination and the fears and real emotions - the author has captured all brilliantly.
Don't write it off if you don't think it's your thing - I nearly did - but I am really pleased I read these books, and recommend you try it.