***DO NOT READ if you have not read The Hunger Games. This is the second installment of the series and you will either be lost to referenced events or character development.***
Refer to my review of The Hunger Games at https://www.libib.com/reviews/566-387445
The best description for this book/series in 10 words or less:
"Girl with savior's complex and trust issues kills to survive."
I have read The Hunger Games series so many times that I lost count on how many times I have read it. I feel like the first book is full of so much world-building that you don't see as much of Katniss' growth as you can see it here. There is still some more world-building when it comes to seeing the other districts outside of District 12, but it's more character development and plot development that you see in this installment.
The twists and turns of this entire book were so good, which is why Catching Fire is my favorite book in the trilogy. I thought the arena was absolutely clever in how Suzanne Collins structured it. The part that really intrigued me was how much the other victors truly hated the Capitol. It makes sense but the things they do and say when they go through their pre-arena process. I liked being able to see Katniss' growth as she gets to know and work with the other victor tributes.
The first few times I've read this series I was all Team Gale, but as I get older I have become much more Team Peeta. I think it was Gale's boldness I liked but realized it's more of a boldness out of hatred of the Capitol rather than a real boldness for Katniss. Sure, Peeta never said anything to Katniss until their reaping and (coincidentally) found that the last time he could express his true feelings was then.
I think the star crossed lovers piece in this book is much easier to swallow because you start to see that it may not be entirely fake on either end. Peeta definitely softens Katniss' rough edges and you can see that through her time in both arenas with him.
And boy, that ending! I never saw that coming when I first read the series, but I won't give that away.
I think this book and series deserves all the praise it gets. It's usually one of the first book series I recommend to people who want to get into reading because it takes you for a wild ride.
Refer to my blog for a different view of this review:
School Library Journal and Common Sense Media: The violence includes deaths by stabbing, shooting, animal attacks, and poison, as well as torture, threats, and explosions. The language includes "s--t," and one bleeped out use of "f--k" and other expletives.
This second book brings into relief the details of the Roman Gladiatorial system, which readers and viewers may not identify with modern life. Perhaps football players and ballerinas 'ruining their bodies for the entertainment of others' comes to mind, similar to the most popular gladiators in Ancient Rome.
But, the revolutionary scenario neglects the difficulties of persuading the elites and semi-elites, Districts 1 and 2 being like some developing countries in terms of rising access to resources, and Gramscian alliances with the Capitol to prevent revolution in the first place.
Overall, while appreciating the references to PTSD, I found the second book more of a thriller than the first book, and a bit less interesting.
U.N. Date: Monday, October 23, 12014 H.E. (Holocene/Human Era)
- Thoughts: Way better than the movie, wich I truly can't remember anything in part 2 and 3. This probably means I got a really good nap at the theater at the time.
Well, I got some philosophy out of this book that of course I can't write here nor at any public place for not living in a free country, don't get me wrong though, it wouldn't be the government that would get back at me for saying my mind, not for this, I would simple be heavily harassed by people with different mindsets that don't like some truths. So I'll just shut up.
A lot of Catniss not knowing what she want though, probably good for teenagers
These are my personal opinions, you may discord, my final rating of the book is not necessarily linked to this system and may diverge from it.
- Originality: 5/5 stars
- Development: 4/5 stars
- Enjoyment: 3/5 stars
- Writing stile: 3/5 stars
- Funnyness: 1/5 stars
- Epicness: 3/5 stars
- Scaryness: 2/5 stars
- Smartness: 3/5 stars
- Addictiveness: 3/5 stars
- Plot twists: 4/5 stars
- Pace: 2/5 stars
- Storyline planning: 4/5 stars OR /5 negative stars
- Ending: 4/5 stars OR /5 negative stars
- Holes: 2/5 negative stars
- Self contained (Y/N): ✓
- Cliffhanger (Y/N): ✓
- Adult (Y/N): ×
- Mystery (Y/N): ×
- Treasure Hunting (Y/N): ×
- Violence level: An arena to kill everyone else
- Tech level: higher than current
- Religion level: not at all
- Main genre: dystopian
- Subgenre: romance, love triangle, teenagers
- Point of view: Catniss
- Aftertaste: Not exactly for me, but it's solid, I'll rate it a 5 stars on Goodreads.
- Originality: 5/5 stars
- Variety: 5/5 stars
- Consistency: 5/5 stars
- Impact on the story: 5/5 stars
- Maps: -/5 stars
- Real world (Y/N): ×
- Fantasy based on real world (Y/N): ×
- Journey (Y/N): ×
- Main scenario: District 12 and the arena
- Total amount: ~30
- Points of view: main character storyline
- Main characters: Catniss (not sure how to spell it from the audiobook, feels like there should be an 'h' in it)
- Secondary: Finnick, Heimanch, Pita
- Ordinary: The others
- Overall quality: 4/5 stars
- Main: 3/5 stars
- Secondary: 5/5 stars
- Consistency: 4/5 stars
- Connection: 3/5 stars
- Dialogs: 4/5 Stars
- Interactions: 4/5 Stars
- Romance ( Y/ N): ✓
- Underworld Crew (Y/N): ×
- Training (Y/N): Some
- Notable best characters: The old lady from district 4
- Notable worse characters: Nuts and Volts, that other girl in the arena
- Historical importance: 2/5 Stars
- Historical deep: 2/5 Stars
- Historical score: 2/5 Stars
- Geopolitical importance: 5/5 Stars
- Geopolitical variety: 4/5 Stars
- Geopolitical score: 5/5 Stars
- Setting overall score: 5/5 Stars
- Tension: 4/5 Stars
- Atmosphere: 3/5 Stars
- Supernatural (Vampires, werewolves) (Y/N): ×
- Superpowers (√/○): ×
- Non-human races (Y/N): ×
- Virtual Reality (Y/N): ×
- Monsters (Y/N): ×
- Historical relevant period: Something about District 13
Only one draw back it is so similar to Uglies that it made me want to reread that series. AHHHH!!!!!!
On a whim, I decided to give it a try - and couldn't put the book down! The Hunger Games was good, but Catching Fire? This is the 1st in a very long time that managed to keep my hanging onto every word, and even caught me off-guard on several occasions.
My only disappointment is that I didn't wait to read these titles. I see it will be several months before the final book is to be released, and I could have easily completed the Trilogy one after another over a weekend.
To satisfy my thirst for the finale, I am off to begin [b:The Maze Runner|6186357|The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)|James Dashner|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1243347999s/6186357.jpg|6366642], as I have heard this fares right up there in intensity.
This was my second go-around at Catching Fire and I still think it's a great follow-up to The Hunger Games! So glad I re-read it (well, listened to the audio this time) because I forgot A LOT of what had happened. Now I'm more interested to re-read (or listen to) Mockingjay because all I remember is the end pretty much and that I was really disappointed in it.
Full review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: SO. This was my re-read of CATCHING FIRE. Since I read all of The Hunger Games trilogy before I started blogging, I figured a review is still appropriate!
First impressions upon finishing my re-read? I STILL LOVE IT. I still love the first book more, but for some reason I was thinking I was a little disappointed in CF, but then I looked back at my Goodreads rating and then I finished and I was like, “Oh yeah, that was just MOCKINGJAY.”
Once again, I was surprised at how little time was spent in the Games and how much time was spent building up to it. I was keeping track on Goodreads (like I always do) and I noticed that my comment about getting to the Games wasn’t until about 70% of the way through! And you know what’s funny is that it felt like it took forever to get there and it didn’t all at the same time. I forgot SO MUCH about what really went on in the first half (and in the Arena too, actually) because (time for a secret if you didn’t already know) I have terrible retention of content when I read. I don’t know if I read too fast or what, but I’m just so incredibly bad at remembering content after I’m done reading a book. That being said, it actually made the re-read pretty exciting! Even though it may seem boring that Katniss and Peeta go on their little Victor’s Tour and we’re not in the action of the Games for a long time, the reader is definitely not lulled into a boring recap of The Hunger Games. We do get a little bit of recap that happens naturally throughout the text so that’s an absolute bonus.
I love the way the plot twists in CATCHING FIRE and my attention was definitely held the whole book. We deal with the same characters that we got to know and love from book one and I guess some people could say that throwing them back in the Games is a cop-out and a repeat of book one, but I love it! It brings what the audience was so thrilled with in book one and is reinvented to keep us coming back for more. The the Games end with a different twist so we don’t repeat THG all over again as well as a whole new agenda for all of the Tributes.
Since the movie is coming up and we’re getting little sneak peeks of pictures and whatnot, it’s definitely helpful to have that recap of what happened in the book so I can be judgmental when I go see Catching Fire and whisper to my friends “That’s not how it happened in the book!”
ALSO, I’m really anxious to get a re-read going of MOCKINGJAY, because let’s face it. I was super disappointed with it my first time around. I’m kind of hoping that now I know what happens, I can concentrate on what’s happening as I read (or listen, if that’s the case) and not being frantically flipping through pages trying to find out how it ends.
Don't read unless you want little hints of absolute distopian future. The critical reader will find all sorts of juicy political commentary on current American affairs.