SPARKS ARE IGNITING.
FLAMES ARE SPREADING.
AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. 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 than Katniss and Peeta may have helped to create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entriely 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. Katniss is about to be tested as never before.
Catching Fire was awesomely FANTASTIC just like The Hunger Games! Seriously, I don’t understand why some people say they didn’t like this one as much. I absolutely loved it. So in the second installment of THG, Katniss is living on easy street with her family, but still goes hunting to help Gale and his family since he now works in the mines and refuses her monetary help. She and Peeta are stiffly polite to each other and poor Haymitch is an even bigger mess. But the Capitol seems to have a firm foot on everybody’s backside and unbeknownst to Katniss, the people are sick of it.
Really, I can’t even properly articulate how much I’ve enjoyed these books. So this review probably won’t read like a traditional review. Even though life is easier for Katniss and her family, I can’t help but sympathize with the girl. On one hand she has a boy who has loved her from afar since they were children, sacrificed for her, and wants nothing more than to protect her. And on the other hand she has a guy who’s been a loyal friend for years. A guy whose strong and noble, and who also loves her in his own way. And then she has her relationships and behavior dictated by the Capitol, poor thing can’t catch a break.
And when the Quarter Quell arises, honestly, I knew they would punish her. But I felt certain they would do it by tossing her sister in the Games. Even though I had an inkling, since the end of the first book, that they were going to put Katniss back in the Games, I don’t know why it still caught me so off guard in this book. I felt like running and wailing right along with her. And honestly, I didn’t know if I could go through it all with her again. There was this tug of war going on inside of me. While I wanted to be back in the arena because I know Katniss and Peeta are survivors and will do their best to overcome, I didn’t know if I was emotionally ready to relive the horror of it again. And will the Capitol ever cease to think of all manner of torture for those kids?
But when the knowledge of a rebellion begins unfolding I felt the stirrings of pride and triumph in my belly. I so want for them all to take their lives back and put their foots firmly up the Capitol’s hateful ass, especially that President Snow. This book was just as brilliantly written and put together as the first and I was left pining for more. So you all know I ordered Mockinjay immediately after finishing Catching Fire.
Now as for Peeta and Gale, I am still unclear which one I like best for Katniss and I’ll tell you why. Peeta is without a doubt a wonderful young man. I love everything about him, even his sensitivity. And he interacts well with Katniss. Even strained they seem to have an easy friendship and you can tell she is comfortable around him. But Gale is a good man as well. I love how well he takes care of his family and his loyalty to Katniss. But I still haven’t seen enough interaction between the two to make a determination. We never really get to see her spend quality time with Gale, and until I do I have to reserve judgement about it. So for now, I’m still team both. I guess I’ll have to read Mockingjay to see how it all goes.
Anyway, if you haven’t started this series, do yourself a favor and go get these books and read them immediately. These are definitely books that will be read over and over because they are just that good. Kudos to Collins, an excellent follow up to the first installment. I can’t wait to read the last part.
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