Hey there book clubbers! Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire is the book of the month for November. This is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. We want to hear what YOU thought of the book...was it better than the first? Favorite one in the series?
This is the exact same view as mine! I really want to do a review on it after the review on my new wiki that I created the other day: http://popularfictionsandtheirfilmadaptations.wikia.com/, but I also like the symbolism in that book, and how people such as Mags sacrifice themselves to save others - which earns them my deep respect.
Catching Fire is definitly better than the first book. It not only developes Katniss and Peeta's character's but also their relationship with each other. It shows how in the midst of all this mess, they can come back to each other, because they are going through the same things. I agree in saying that Mockingjay was a let down. It was a slow read and I ahve yet to re-read it, which it might be better the second time. But back to Catching Fire.. Collins did a great job in adding the new tributes, I mean who didn't fall in love with Finnick? I can't wait for the movie to come out, im beyonddd excited! :)
I just love the ending in Catching Fire, just full of suspense. Katniss, there is no District 12 just literally screamed at that suspense, I mean, who else can make ending continuation with full of suspense like that? I'm looking foward to the movie, to see how they translate the wonderful story from book to visual.
I agree :)
Thanks, and its a countdown for just a couple of days before the movie out here ;-)
lol, its like the highlight of the movie for me this year, besides the Desolation of Smaug of course ;D
Haha oh ya! *high fives*
Team Gale or Team Peeta? Hmm, its a tough choice. Gale has been with Katniss since the beginning, and is more of a best friend and a go to person when Katniss has a problem. Peeta, on the other hand, was more forced onto Katniss, and the only way for her to stay alive was to have trust in Peeta. So, I would say I am a more of a Team Gale type person, but I could go either way.
Uh, don't start that with Team Gale and Team Peeta. It'll gets ugly like what people did to Team Edward and Team Jacob. I doubts those people even read the Twilight series.
I mean seriously, they are both different, like Katniss mentioned, Gale is the fire pushing her, and Peeta is the water that quenched her fire. I just go for Team Hunger Games. Meaning, just enjoy the series, either books or movies franchise, or both (better!) ;-)
"Catching Fire" was, to me, my least favorite book in the series, but that is only because I found the first and the final books absolutely extraordinary. The main problem I had with "Catching Fire" was the lack of character development throughout the book. For example, Gale is the same, empty character throughout the entire series. He is simply Katniss's best friend, who hates the Capitol, can set up snares, and ultimately falls in love with Katniss. With other characters, such as Haymitch, we get to completely expeirence his backstory, his mindset, his personality. This is one of the reasons why I am not the biggest fan of Gale.
But Gale is not the only example. In "Catching Fire," most of the victors are simply there; even the important ones; such as Beetee, Johanna, Finnick, Mags, and Wiress; were given a brief description and then left alone for our own imaginations to figure the rest out. Finnick- a strong, sexy Capitol-object, who is nicer than he seems. Johanna- a vicious, manipulative victor who openly hates the Capitol because they killed all of her loved ones. Beetee/Wiress- somewhat mad victors from District Three who are very smart. Mags- an old woman who saved Annie from going into the Quarter Quell for Finnick's sake. I wanted more of an explanation to each of them, which we received, in the next book, "Mockingjay."
The "spark" was played out perfectly. I loved the fact that the rebels knew more about the rebellion than Katniss herself did. Katniss is really confused and scared of the outcome of President Snow's wicked mind, along with all of the other victors, who will do anything to save themselves and their families. "Nobody is a victor by chance." This quote seriously sets up the entire book. It states that every victor must somehow have changed in the process of surviving. Finnick, becoming the youngest age a tribute-turned-victor has ever been, murdered half of the people in his games, just for the sake of his own survival. Johanna has manipulated the entire country of Panem by acting as a poor, weak girl from District 7, giving her the upper hand. Even Katniss has changed because of her pulling out those berries, just because she knew that if she left the games without Peeta, that everyone would completely hate her.
Speaking of Peeta, I felt that the entire relationship between the two completely grows. Everyone knows that Katniss was not really in love with Peeta in the first games, though she definitely was not indifferent with him. Peeta somewhat matures in this book, knowing that everything that Katniss did was to save them, and that he should be grateful for his life. Katniss knows that she cannot deal with Peeta's vying love or Gale's, so speaks her mind, and tells both of them that she is in such a state that the thought of love doesn't even cross her mind. But, she does care, and have an urge to protect both of them, (this can be seen in every single chapter in the book), because she does. She "loves" both of them in a way that is more of a "I really need you to survive" then a "I can't live without you by my side because I am head-over-heels about you."
Overall, I give the book a 4/5 rating.
What do you think?