Friday, 2 March 2012
"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins
MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOUR
KATNISS EVERDEEN HAS SURVIVED THE HUNGER GAMES. NOW THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved, but now there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. As the nation watches Katniss and Peeta, the stakes are higher than ever. One false move and the consequences will be unimaginable.
After reading The Hunger Games, I delved straight into Catching Fire and was instantly gripped once again. The new characters are brilliantly described: the menacing President Snow, the indecisive, yet brilliant Finnick Odair, geeky yet compelling Beetee and Wiress, and Johanna Mason, sarcastic and spiteful. The tone changed throughout the novel, from the free days Katniss had in District 12, then the Victory Tour, where violence shimmered on the surface, to the shocking twist of the Quarter Quell, and finally to the downright chilling 75th Hunger Games. Yet, I enjoyed every word of it. Katniss was still amazing: strong, loyal but yet conflicted in her motivations and beliefs. Everybody seemed to be hiding something. The enemies were not who I thought they were, and the plot twisted and turned, every chapter leaving me in constant suspense. Peeta kept getting better and better; some of the things he said were heartbreaking, but I could feel Katniss's resolve changing, and her feelings for him slowly emerging. Gale became more relevant in the first part of the book, and I liked and appreciated Katniss's feelings towards his actions. Again, a brilliant novel from Suzanne Collins. I've leapt straight into Mockingjay and I can't wait to read more!