Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Published in:2009
Pages:391
Edition:Paperback
Book #:2 in the Hunger Games series

Back Cover:
Katniss Everdeen survived the Hunger Games. Now the Capitol wants revenge.

My review:
Okay, as far as blurbs go, that one kinda sucked. Let’s add to it, shall we? So this book deals with the aftermath of the Hunger Games, coming home and being a normal citizen of District 12 once again. Katniss loves it, and hates it. She is haunted by her time in the Games, her relationship with Peeta is strained and uneasy, and she is paranoid that President Snow will turn up any day to take away her family and friends, or kill her. Then comes the tour of the districts, which means a return to the capital. It’s also the time for the next Hunger Games drawing, a special one since it’s the 75th year. Katniss thinks she is safe, but a cruel twist will see her and her friends fighting once again.

So, that is a bit better, right? Now you have more of an idea of the book. Well, let’s start by saying the first half of this book was boring. Incredibly so. I get that it is important, you need to see how Katniss and Peeta cope with returning to the normal life they once lead. How Katniss returns to her best friend Gale, who is of course in love with her too. How she has feelings for both Gale and Peeta, but she doesn’t act on either because she doesn’t want to loose the friendship with Gale, and thinks her feelings for Peeta are purely from a survival instinct back in the Games. It should be better reading, but I just found it rather dull. It lacked the action that the books promise.

The second half, however, was amazing. I loved this book so much more than the first one, and the games in this book are amazing. Well, I loved the second half of the book anyways. The games are cruel and sadistic, but also a puzzle that is kinda fun to figure out. I like how the groups banded together, how you aren’t sure why they all act the way they do, and of course, the rebellion. I loves me some rebelling. I think if I read this book again, it’d be from the halfway mark, when the next games are revealed and the bombshell dropped. That’s about the time that the book goes from dull humdrum to OMG WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!!! and then furious page turning and staying up past midnight to find out what happened.

Final review:
Catching Fire rating:
9/10. Loved, loved, LOVED the second half of the book. The first half was dull as hell. Really, I consider it two seperate stories here. First part, I give it a 5/10, it was dull as hell. Second half, 11/10. Amaze-balls. So really, the strength of this book relies on the second half of the book.Would I re-read it?The second half, yes indeed. As I mentioned before, if I read this book again, it will be from the halfway mark onwards. No need to trudge through the humdrum boring start of the book again. Although reading for the first time, you do need to read that stuff. It’s how you find out about the rebellions, and how the characters grow and evolve and just cope with living after a horrific event.
Who would I recommend it to?It’s one of those books that really appeals to a wider audience than was initially expected. It’s written for teenagers, it’s a book about teenagers really, but it appeals to people much older than that. The franchise and movie help a bit with that, but really it’s one of those books that will appeal to people of most ages and both sexes.

Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6148028-catching-fire

IMDB (Movie) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951264/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catching_Fire

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