Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. This review contains spoilers for the first book. Now that Katniss emerges as a victor in the Hunger games, you think she would have time to analyze her feelings about Gale and Peeta. Yes. She has too much time. Katniss is a girl of action and all this analyses doesn't bide well with her.
There is a revolution brewing in the districts. President Snow decides to punish Katniss for what she did. She is to particpate in Qurater Quell, special edition of the hunger games. The Hunger Games Arena is interesting and clever.
Last hundred or so pages of the story is exciting, that is after the start of the Quarter quell. Before that it takes lots of time to cath fire. But second books in a trilogy are always a bit slow, aren't they?
I don't think what the Capitol did was clever in choosing the contestants or making Katniss as one of the contestants. Were they trying to quell a revolution or create one by their actions? Capitol should have taken her to Capitol and showered her with gifts and admiration, adulation, showcase her hunting skills and what not, so that her only problem in life should be 'Do I love Peeta or Gale?" Catching Fire is slow in Catching Fire, but then it burns.