[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0439023491″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51RQNBOIeDL._SL160_.jpg” width=”108″]Catching Fire
By: Suzanne Collins
I really, really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Hunger Games. And, since it was the first in a series, I felt it necessary to finish the story and read the rest of the series. Luckily, Catching Fire really helps continue the story of Katniss Everdeen, the “girl on fire”. Some series’ seem to fall flat after a great start. Collins manages to avoid this, and brings us right back into Panem with the next book in the series.
Catching Fire picks up shortly after Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger Games, and as they are preparing for their Victor’s tour through Panem. A surprise visit from President Snow wakes Katniss up to the unrest the dual victory of Katniss and Peeta has caused, and things quickly spiral out of her control on the tour. Much like the first book, the story is a quick read. Part of that can be attributed to the YA nature of the book, but a good deal of it is also because of the easy way that Collins writes the story. She’s done a great job of not revealing too much, too early, and keeping the reader in suspense through the book.
Obviously, with the bestselling status of each of the books in the series, and the recent release of the movie adaptation of the first book, I’m not the only one who enjoyed these books. The series is a compelling story about the nature of humans and our desire to survive while protecting those we love. Collins has captured it well, and it doesn’t stumble in Catching Fire.
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