Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Catching Fire

Level: Older Teen
Genre: Fantasy > Dystopian
Obtained: Borrowed from grandmother
Reviewed by: Nic Echo

About the Book:
In the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss is forced to keep up appearances for the Capital to make them believe that she and Peeta are in love. She is also told by President Snow himself to make it so convincing so that the riots in the districts will cease. However, riots and President Snow aren't the only things Katniss has to worry about. This year's Hunger Games has a twist. This year the tributes won't be new but past victors. This year Katniss will be playing the Hunger Games ... again.

Rating: 9/10
While the first book was good, this one was even better. Collins continues to work her magic. I did not want to put this book down. Catching Fire was quite the entertainment and had several surprises appear. Again, Collins managed to capture several parts within my mind, parts that burned brightly for weeks on end. I could feel the sickening clench in my stomach when she described Snow's overpowering smell of blood and roses, leaving  a sense of unease any time he came into play.

Collins also introduces new characters in this novel, and they are just as intriguing as the others. Not only that, but we get to see more deeply into the characters we have already come to know, along with how each one reacts to the Capital's tyranny.

Without giving away spoilers, all I can really think to say is that Collins has produced another fabulous read. It's entertaining and shocking, and she manages to show the coldness of President Snow's  that left me with a sense of wrongness. If you liked The Hunger Games, you're bound to like Catching Fire even more. It holds all the thrills of the first book, but with a whole other layer to enjoy.

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