Catching Fire (Book II in the Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
Hi, it’s me again, your friendly anti-YA reader, reading another YA book! Okay, so I’ve gotten sucked into this trilogy, I admit it. And I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed The Hunger Games.
I had heard that neither of the second two books in the series are as good as the first, that they’re more political-oriented. And I confess that I delved into Catching Fire a little hesitantly, assuming it might be a little boring. I thought to myself, “If there’s not the action of the arena, what is there?” Okay, so I kind of enjoyed the
violence action of the first book. It’s fantasy, right? Well, lo and behold, Katniss and Peeta do indeed find themselves back in the arena – a completely different arena – again fighting for their lives.
I don’t want to give away too much, but this installment is filled with action, drama, suspense, violence, a touch of teen romance (torn between two lovers, feelin’ like a fool . . .), hints at political uprising, and lots of funny names (apparently in this version of the future, society has completely abandoned good sense when naming offspring). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry . . . okay, maybe you’ll laugh, and you probably won’t cry. But you’ll shake your fists at the injustice, and cringe at the blood, and you’ll definitely be rooting for our favorite teenaged heroine, Katniss Everdeen!
What happens next? We’ll have to find out in the final book, Mockingjay, which I probably won’t get to for at least a few weeks. Stay tuned!