Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
I purchased The Hunger Games months ago, but didn’t pick it up until recently because I knew, from all of you, that I wanted to have uninterrupted time to read it. So, I waited until I was on vacation. Luckily, I’d received a copy of Catching Fire for my birthday and had brought that along too. I hopped right from The Hunger Games to Catching Fire.
Katniss is home in her fancy house next to Peeta’s and Haymitch’s fancy houses in District 12, waiting to go on tour. Though she and Peeta won the Games, things are still scary because those in charge at the Capital were very displeased with what they saw as Katniss’s act of rebellion in forcing two winners. Also, there are mumblings of uprisings in other districts. And then, it comes time for the 75th Hunger Games.
I didn’t find this book to be as compelling as The Hunger Games. Catching Fire seemed, to me, to be very contrived at every turn. I kept getting pulled out of the book by questioning whether that would have really happened, would that character really have reacted that way? I think I was still emotionally wrung out by The Hunger Games and was not ready to go through it all again. Still, it was a pleasing sequel in that all of the characters are present and accounted for, those very characters are in peril, and there are a lot of twists.
Hmm . . . apparently I had more issues with this one than I thought. What do you think?
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins [rating:3]