Read 30 March – 05 April 2012
My rating 4 / 5
Regular followers of my reviews will know that I recently reviewed the Hunger Games here, and was really impressed by the book. It was, therefore, with some trepidation that I set about reading Catching Fire, the second in the trilogy. I wondered if it could possibly live up to the brilliant first book.
I’ll admit, I found this one a bit tedious in places, but there are far more twists and turns as Katniss comes to terms with the fallout of her attempt to defy the control of the Capitol. Up until the point that the Quarter Quell games are announced, I found the to-ing and fro-ing from Peeta to Gale a little boring.
What I did like with this book was how Katniss grew, yes she acted like a petulant child when she realised she’d be back in the arena, and when she realised that she’d been ‘used’ by Haymith and the others to aid the rebellion against the Capitol. But behind all this she started to realise that, despite everything, Peeta was very genuine person who really does love her.
Halfway through this book I was already thinking that I probably wouldn’t bother with the third instalment, Mockingjay, but the last 20% of Catching Fire is brilliant, and the ending is another real cliffhanger – so few books leave the reader on the edge of their seats, desperate to learn the fate of the characters. It’ll be interesting to see how Collins finishes off the trilogy, and to see who, if anyone, survives and whether they actually do manage to overthrow the Capitol.
Catching Fire sees much more manipulation of the characters, and from quarters you don’t expect. It is hard to try and make sense of who’s on which side, and whether, ultimately, you can trust anyone in ‘the games’. There are far more twists and turns in this book than the original Hunger Games, and if you can get past some of the more tedious bits at the beginning, it’s another cracking instalment.