Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Review: Catching Fire
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Let me just say...WOW.
The start was a little bit slow and at times it seemed like we were just being given a synopsis of what was happening. I found myself at times wanting to shake Katniss and tell her to snap out of it. She seemed to just being going through the motions.
When the twist about the tributes of the 75th games happened I was not surprised. (I kinda sneaked a peek at the plot summary on Wikipedia) But I felt when it got down to the days leading up to the begin things started to pick up and I was hooked. Peeta's surprise announcement made me laugh. No one can deny that Peeta is intune with what will shock the audience and persuade them to rooting for Katniss and himself. And I did not expect this shock.
When the Games began I was trying to figure out what the angle was. I found myself trying to decipher, along with Katniss, who was friend and who was foe. I felt Katniss and Peeta grew to care for each other more during the games. And their stubborness would save them in the end.
The last 10% of the book had me sitting on the edge of my seat as all the facts were laid bare and what I thought would happen was proven wrong. Suzanne Collins sure knows how to keep you begging for more. I finished the book and I feel the strong pull that I must immediately pick up the last book Mockingjay.
I just hope we see Katniss self determination and personality shine through a little more in the final book. I felt she was just a little too "Bella Swan" in this book. Everything happens to her and others help save her at times. She redeemed herself a few times with her quick thinking and ingenuity, but it still seemed a little flat to me.
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