Thursday, April 14, 2011

Catching Fire

Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

Peeta and Katniss have made it out of the Hunger Games, but they are in even more danger from The Capitol.  Their behavior in the arena has made them the match point in the beginnings of an uprising against the Capitol, and President Snow can't have that.  It's the 75th Anniversary of the Hunger Games, and an example needs to be made so that people know that even the strongest among them are subject to the capitol's rules.  As such, Katniss and Peeta are selected to enter the arena again, and surely they can't survive twice.

I don't think I can explain the draw here.  It's a dark and twisted premise.  Teenagers pitted against each other in combat to the death.  This time, they aren't teenagers, it's two teenagers against 22 adults, but the to the death part remains the same.

We still have love triangle crap to deal with, as in the early chapters Gale professes his love for Katniss, and Peeta is forced to propose marriage or risk the Capitol killing their families.

I'm totally on team Peeta, by the way, Gale is great but he isn't Peeta.

Katniss, great character that she is, is not very likeable.  And she's even less likeable in this book.  She wants to run away, she wants to let the Capitol win, she is all about planning to kill people that she's become friends with ... not very likeable at all.  She's comes round, as she did in the last book.

This story is compelling and awesome.  I already bought and started the third one.  Can not wait to see how this whole thing ends.  So glad I don't have to wait for it to be released like those that read these when they first came out.

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