The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Posted: August 29, 2014 in Book Reviews

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

By Suzanne Collins

391 Pages

Before reading this review please see my review on The Hunger Games

Katniss has defied the Capitol and the seeds of rebellion have begun across all districts. She along with Peeta have now started out on their victory tour across all districts. Katniss has been indirectly threatened by President Snow if she cannot convince him that her act of rebellion, threatening suicide with Peeta was truly an act of desperation and love and was not about defying the Capitol in any way. Katniss and Peeta desperately try to convince President snow they are deeply in love and not out to rebel against the capital.

The revolt begins as they tour the districts and the mocking jay becomes a symbol of rebellion and uprising against the capital. Katniss finds her self swept up in a movement she did not even know she had started. There is no way out for her no matter how desperately she tries to avoid the far-reaching consequences of her actions.

Just when she thinks things cannot get any worse she finds out that for the 75th annual hunger games the tributes will be selected from the current pool of victors. That leaves only 3 choices in district 12. Peeta, Haymitch and Katniss. As one boy and one girl are required Katniss is going in whether she wants to or not. She finds her self fighting for her life again with Peeta and her most challenging opponents yet. But this is just the beginning and the war has just begun.

The Arena: I love the concept put forth in the arena of a giant clock with each of the 12 sections representing a different threats on the contestants life. The arena this time around is much smaller and thus much deadlier as it is harder to avoid your enemies. The clock seems a perfect analogy in this hunger games for the war the capital is waging on the districts. 12 districts and 12 sections of the arena. Each one representing a different threat both to the capital and the tributes. Each tribute from each district set to be wiped out and destroyed by 12 different acts of destructive force. I love how the capital used the arena as a symbol of time running out for the districts as each will be destroyed in order. The symbolism could not have been established any better.

I loved how Katniss has no idea what she started and gets swept up in the action and the rebellion and has become a symbol of the revolution through her transformation into a mocking jay at the beginning of the hunger games. The other characters already more deeply involved and essentially have been using her as another piece in their plot to overthrow the government while at the same time President Snow is trying to use her in the same way to subdue the rebellion. Her hatred of the capital and unknowingly becoming such a strong symbol of hope for the districts is what makes her such a strong and compelling character.

So much of young adult fiction has played off the idea of children overcoming the most terrifying and difficult situations. This idea started with Ender’s Game by Orson Scott card and has proven popular amongst many readers. However not everyone can put together a story that makes you care about the characters as much as Suzanne Collins has done in this Hunger Games series.

I must admit I am really enjoying this series and am glad I read it. The pace of the story and the characters make for a book I have a hard time putting down. The constant action and endings to each chapter leave me thinking “I can’t stop now I have to find out what happens next!” I left this book feeling the same way and eagerly anticipating reading the next book in the series Mocking Jay.

I would defiantly rate this book as a 9/10 book worms well done and enjoyable in every sense.

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