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Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) (edition 2009)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic Press (2009), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 391 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Dystopia, Survival, Revolution

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Reviewing the second and third books in the Hunger Games trilogy together, because I read them back-to-back, and they're really one continuing story.
I feel the same way about these two that I did about the first one in the series: it's fun. It's a quick read. However, I remain mystified about the widespread enthusiasm for these books. Reviewer after reviewer gives "5 stars!" "5 stars!" and I just don't really see why.
I read a lot of books. When I think a book is really remarkable, I'll recommend it to friends. There's nothing about these books that would make me go out of way to tell a friend, "I read the most amazing book! You have to check it out!" I never would have guessed that it would become a wildly popular movie. (I felt pretty much exactly the same way about the movie… fun entertainment, not life-changing).
OK, Katniss is charming and likable, and, of-course coolly bad-ass. And who doesn't love gladitorial-style combat, where innocent victims are forced to fight for their lives?
But when it comes right down to it, there's not that much to these books. They're very juvenile in style. The fast pace of the story means that there isn't much room for in-depth world-building, characterization, or complexity of plot. It's basically Action! Defy the Oppressors! Oh, Love Triangle! And each installment of the story does the same thing over again.

The style, content, and feel of these books reminds me very strongly of Scott Westerfeld's 'Uglies' books. If you like one, I'm guessing you might like the other.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This was one of the most amazing books I have read. I thought it started out slow but it got better and better as the book went on and I didn't see the end coming at all! I can't wait to read the third book!
  Lisa_Boys | Feb 8, 2016 |
As soon as I got this book I read it in 1 day it was a great book and well written. ( )
  LaBla | Feb 6, 2016 |
SPOILERS!
Part 2 in the Hunger Games trilogy - once again I enjoyed this book, although it wasn't entirely unpredictable.
Katniss struggles after her success in the Hunger Games, to adjust to life back at home. The balance in her relationship with Gale is strained and how does she manager to maintain the fabricated romance surrounding her and Peeta.
President Snow is angered at her seeming rebellion and she finds herself back in the Hunger Games.

The idea of Panem rebelling aganist the Capitol is prominent in this book. So much so that when Katniss doesn't figure out what's going on, or questoins people's motives in helping her and Peeta during the games, it seems hard to believe that she can't figure it out!

Still enjoyable though. The games arena was clever and I still felt sympathetic to the characters. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
This book certainly lived up to all the hype!

I wasn't too keen on reading this book as it under the "dystopia" genre, and I generally am usually not impressed with those kind of books but The Hunger Games was completely different to what I was expecting.

The story is so absorbing it is literally impossible to put the book down, the only things I could possibly grumble about were the use of the mutt mutations of all the fallen tributes. !?! too far-fetched for my liking, and also Kat's complete unawareness and denial of Peeta's feelings towards her. That annoyed me.

Regardless, the description and story was AMAZING - and all the different characters were really developed and engaging. I can not wait to read the rest of the series!

Right, now to watch the movie adaptation! ( )
  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
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Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book. As a reader, I felt excited and even hopeful: could it be that this series and its characters were actually going somewhere?
 
Set down your worries about a sophomore slump. Suzanne Collins has rekindled the crackling tension of her 2008 smash novel, "The Hunger Games." Once again, Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life.
added by stephmo | editPlain Dealer, Rollie Welch (Sep 6, 2009)
 
The author describes her wearing a series of Cher-worthy costumes in which she confronts poisonous mists, deranged monkeys, and a flock of ''candy pink'' birds equipped with long beaks used to skewer human necks. Great stuff, this. Unfortunately, such startling apparitions too quickly appear and disappear, baubles randomly affixed to a story that's been stretched to gossamer thinness.
 

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For my parents,
Jane and Michael Collins,
and my parents-in-law,
Dixie and Charles Pryor
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I clasp the flask between my hands, even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.
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As far as I can tell, they never get up before noon unless there's some sort of national emergency, like my leg hair.
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SPARKS ARE IGNITING.
FLAMES ARE SPREADING.
AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.


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 her 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.

BL: 5.3 - AR Pts: 16.0
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Katniss and Peeta
Fight the odds once again, but
Rebellion's afoot.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439023491, Hardcover)

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:14 -0400)

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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.… (more)

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