Since I'm not sure how the weekend will shake down, I wanted to write my review and get it posted before things get crazy. My BFF Doc is heading home on Saturday night, and another friend is flying in at the exact same time, so we'll be trading off visitors. In the meantime, I'll get my thoughts about Catching Fire down! What can I say though, that hasn't already been said? I'll try to keep this short...if I'm capable!
Yes, I finally got around to reading the two books in The Hunger Games series so that I can now say that I get the "Team Gale" or "Team Peeta" buttons on people's blogs, or random conversations about said teams on Twitter. What team am I on? Well, I think I want to see where things go with Gale. I'll have to wait until August though to see how all of that shakes down though, eh?
Review: As with The Hunger Games, I did think that Catching Fire started off pretty slow. The difference between the two books was that in book one, I felt like I knew what was going to happen, yet still needed the story spelled out to me so that I had a solid background. In book 2, I really didn't feel as though I knew what was going to happen, which was nice. Because of the way their society was set up, you begin to realize in book 2 that there must be a lot more going on in the "Capitol" (government) than we at first believed, and that gives the entire book a real sinister feel. The evil that the Capitol doled out on its citizens was cruel and unnecessary, and had me considering what I would do. This is the question that Katniss had to ask herself, as she was turned into a major catalyst for a rebellion that she didn't even realize she had started.
As I said, I enjoyed book 2 a bit more. I didn't ever really feel like I knew what was going to happen next in this installment, which kept me flipping pages by the last 150 pages. There is a fair amount of terror involved again in the story, along with characters fighting for survival. Collins has created a well-written complex story, with well-developed characters, that I liked a lot more, and felt more invested in by this point. After reading this second book, I can also say that if you haven't yet read these books (or feel hesitant to because everyone else already has), to give them a try. Things really pick up in the story and get more complex and engaging as you read farther into these books. Overall, this dystopian story, although familiar in some ways, is really engaging and has you caring about its characters in no time at all.
*FTC Disclosure: Review based off of a purchased, personal copy of the novel.
This review counts as my 8th out of 12 in the 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge.