Monday, October 12, 2009

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

*Warning! May contain mild spoilers! Do NOT read if you haven't read The Hunger Games!*

Well, it's round two for readers following The Hunger Games, however it's round 75 for the residents of Panem. Every 25 years, the Capitol puts on an even more extravagant version of the Hunger Games, known as the Quarter Quell. As winner's of last years' Hunger Games and in honor of the Quarter Quell, Katniss and Peeta must go on a "victory tour" to each district. Before setting off on the tour, Panem's President Snow comes to visit Katniss and warn her that country is currently treading on thin ice. Ever since last year's Hunger Games, there has been a seed of doubt planted in the minds of the citizens of Panem, which has lead to a spread of rumors regarding revolt and anarchy. President Snow further explains that if Katniss and Peeta do not completely comply with President Snow's expectations, and clearly support the Capitol during and after the tour, Snow will go after their friends and family, as well as possibly the entire district, stopping at nothing to regain control. As Katniss and Peeta travel from district to district, it becomes clear that more than a seed of rebellion has been planted. By the time they return to district 12, the seed has fully developed into a well-grown garden. Rebellion is everywhere and Katniss and Peeta find themselves in middle of it all. The only card the government has left to play are the Hunger Games, and in true honor of the Quarter Quell, President Snow shows that he will not give in. In fact, he will stop at nothing to prove that every single person in Panem is nothing but a mere pawn, helpless under his control...what better way to prove his point, than to make a prime example out of Katniss and Peeta?

This book is electrifying! Completely impossible to set down, once you've started reading! Katniss and Peeta return to their old district, but it is impossible to return to their old lives. You journey through waves of emotions, as the characters experience them firsthand. Collins' has added some amazing and horrifying twists and turns that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I am not the least bit sorry that I bought both Catching Fire and The Hunger Games as hardcovers! If you haven't already, go out and buy them both immeadately and start reading! Trust me, once you get going, it will be difficult to set them down!

Cover Art Commentary:
Simple, beautiful, classic. I love the vibrant red of Catching Fire in comparison to the hollow black of The Hunger Games. There is definitely some foreshadowing going with the color choice! ;) Both books look beautiful apart, but even more lovely as a set!

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  1. I skimmed, hoping to miss anything I don't know (where is my blasted copy of this book?). I am so very glad to see that you enjoyed it. I was worried it might fall flat after the crazy-good The Hunger Games.

  2. I think you'll be ok. Basically, it gives away the ending to The Hunger Games. So I put the spoiler alert to warn people who haven't read The Hunger Games, b/c I didn't want to spoil the ending for them. There is soooo much that happens in Catching Fire, I seriously could have written pages! I can't wait to read your review on it! :D

    Thanks for all the comments TJ, I really appreciate it them! :)

  3. I read with one eye open since I haven't read Hunger Games yet...but so glad this series is continuing to impress!

  4. Mandi,

    Can't wait to hear what you think about Hunger Games and Catching Fire! They are both amazing! :)