This is the first book in my 100 Book Challenge of 2012. My friend Taylor has also decided to take on the challenge (please let me know if you are too so we can encourage and track our progress together). So enjoy…
I gave the first book in this trilogy, The Hunger Games, a positive review. I sad a bit saddened by the second book for a couple of reasons.
First, it just seems to be a downright sad book. The book picks up with Katniss, Peeta, and Gale living back in District 12. It doesn’t start right where the first book stopped, but that is alright. The love triangle between the three becomes more complex and weighing.
My friend recently asked me who’s side I was on: Peeta or Gale? I don’t know…I like both of them really, they seem like nice guys, if there is anyone who frustrates me throughout the story it’s Katniss. Girl needs to decide and be over with it!
So this whole mixed up love triangle and the events that unfold in Catching Fire make it a much sadder book then the first.
I also didn’t find the action as exciting in this book. Sure, it was interesting, but I wasn’t as gripped into finding out what happened as I was in the original. It was still a quick and easy read, but it wasn’t really as much of a page turner as The Hunger Games.
All in all the book was good, it continues on the story of Katniss post Hunger Games. She continues to struggle through life while trying to find herself (this wasn’t as big of a theme as it was in the first), but like the first this book simply stops. So, if you are like me, it will irk you a bit that you don’t get any real wrap up. But, if you read the first go ahead and read this one, but it’s not as gripping.