Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Here be spoilers for The Hunger Games – Don’t read on if you’ve not read that book yet!!

I reviewed The Hunger Games a while back and, actually, the gap between me reviewing the books is much longer than it took me to read them both! These books were the first paid for books I’d read on my Kindle and I have to say that I snatched every spare moment I could to read them as they were so blimmin’ good.

Catching Fire continues where The Hunger Games left off – Katniss and Peeta have survived the arena and returned to District 12 – but all is not sweetness and light, as both have nightmares of what they went through and, having learned that their relationship was all an act, Peeta is distinctly cool with Katniss and she’s not sure whether this is good or bad. At the atsrt of the book there is a really well written sense of Katniss and Peeta being out of place, they’re no longer sure where they fit since their return and it’s easy to see now why Haymitch chooses to live in the bottle.

A year after the events of the first book, it appears that Katniss’s small rebellion in the Hunger Games has sparked off unrest in the other districts and to stamp it out – and potentially kill Katniss and what she stands for – The Capital decide that for this year’s Hunger Games, they will return former tributes to the arena. Katniss and Peeta find themselves back in danger, fighting for their lives, but this time they make some new alliances that will save them time and again.

I found this book a little slower than the first, but liked that it examined more about Katniss’s state of mind and about her feeling of being an outsider, even in her own home. The ‘love triangle’ was not really to my taste as I thought it was obvious who she should choose, but then I know others have differing opinions! The action when it came was paced well and Suzanne Collins dreams up more inventive ways to kill people.

The Hunger Games is a good stand alone book, but it’s great that Catching Fire doesn’t let it down and paves the way brilliantly to Mockingjay, the third book, which I will review sooooon!

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