Thursday, May 09, 2013

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

by Suzanne Collins

Katniss survived the Hunger Games. Now the Capitol wants revenge. It's payback time, and her chance of survival is even slimmer than ever... After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta have returned to District 12, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out - and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the other districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruellest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena once more... "_Catching Fire_ not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as _The Hunger Games_, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them." _Stephenie Meyer_ "Brimming with potent themes of morality, obedience, sacrifice, redemption, love, law, and, above all, survival." _Booklist_ 

I absolutely loved this book, the whole series has taken over my life. Im now off for some sleep or maybe I might just read Mockingjay the final in this series its burning a hole in my kindle as I type...I have to read this book to see what finally happens to Katniss, Gale and Peeter.
This has to be one of the best sci-fi books I have ever read.

Im completely addicted, I loved this 2nd book better than I did the first which I loved.

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This trilogy of books has seriously changed my life to the point of having sleepless nights and unable to put the books down. I thought the first book and the capitol was cruel and twisted for forcing children to fight to the death; wow how wrong was I; this second book showed how cruel a city can get.
But cruel or not I was completely addicted; this book too I completely devoured like my favourite galaxy bar.

I honestly couldn't put this down I started it at approx midnight and finally read the last page at around 5am and I seriously do mean I couldn't put it down, knowing I had only a few hours sleep before having to get up.
It completely starts where the Hunger games finishes so you don't have to waste time having a whole chapter to remind you, you can simply read on.
I absolutely loved the first book boring my OH to tears insisting he needs to read it, but I truly believed the 2nd book wouldn't be as good, how could it....I was so wrong.

Katniss is thrown into a new world as she and Peeter miraculously come out of the hunger games as victors; plus she is leading a lie to gain popularity claiming that Peeter and herself are in love and will be married as the city love her, but she is now a pawn in the Capitols plans. She now lives the life of luxury for herself and her family but she has to hide certain deceptions from the people to prevent uprising who are still suffering the poverty striken living within the townships.

I have to say this is my favorite book in the whole trilogy as we know about her relationships, we know the characters and the many horrific twists are brilliantly placed and believable despite the book being in the future with so many sci-fi type scenes which I loved.
As you can guess Katniss ends up back in the Hunger games alongside Peeter again through a ruthless twist of fate to prevent the towns from uprising. I did feel this games although absolutely brilliant and very creative was slightly rushed I was expecting more from the games themselves. But the ending to the games has an incredible twist I really wasn't expecting a great addition and explosive ending.

But this doesn't mean its not a great read its a super fantastic amazing read, yes Im raving about it. We watch as Katniss's relationship becomes even more complex between Peeter and Gale a lovely touch running parallel to the violence and politics of the aftermath of the games.
President Snow is a cruel ruthless man who will stop at nothing to stop the uprisings starting within the towns, his imaginative cruelty keeps you addicted to these books.
What I loved about these books is Suzannes knack of keeping the suspense and flow fast paced; you simply cannot put this book down...seriously you cant. You feel connection to all the main characters, they actually feel like close friends and I love having Katniss as the first person so we can see, feel and hear everything that is going on. It really has so much despair and humanity you want to reach into the book and help, its so heart wrenching in places.

This really has changed my life while I have been reading this trilogy, Im now downloading the Mockingjay as I type I cant wait to read the final book in the series as I cannot see how this can end, there are so many ways this amazing series can go and I cant stop reading. This whole series has been on my mind for days, its an unbelievably brilliant read.
As for being a young adult book Im in my forties and I loved every minute of this series I cant wait to see the film, I so hope its every part as good as this trilogy. This trilogy has really opened my eyes to more sci-fi genre books as I was completely engrossed into katniss's world and Im sure you will be too.

 Author Bio
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Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She has worked on several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She received a Writer's Guild of America nomination for co-writing the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! And most recently she was the head writer for Clifford's Puppy Days. Suzanne Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times-bestselling Underland Chronicles, which started with the acclaimed book Gregor the Overlander. In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins continues to explore the effect of violence on those coming of age. She was inspired to write The Hunger Games when an idea formed whilst she flicked… Read more

Mockingjay the final in the trilogy review coming soon!

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