Book Review : Catching Fire

Name: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Fiction (YA Novel)
Language: English
Pages: 391 (Paperback)
Awards: 8th Best book of 2009 by People Magazine
Buy: Flipkart, Amazon
My Rating:
Preceded by: The Hunger Games
Followed by: Mockingjay

Started: 20th July, 2012
Completed: 6th August, 2012
Total Reading Hour: 30-35 Hrs

Cover: I like book cover of The Hunger Game Trilogy. Like first book featuring a gold mockingjay—a crossbreed bird born from female mockingbirds and genetically engineered male jabberjays—with an arrow engraved in a circle, second book featuring mockingjay in fire.

After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the previous novel (The Hunger Games), Katniss and Peeta return home to District 12. Both of them receive considerable wealth and are living in the affluent Victor’s Village of the district; however, they have rarely spoken since winning the Games, as Peeta realized that Katniss’s proclaimed love towards him was exaggerated at their mentor Haymitch’s request in order to receive life-saving gifts from sponsors.

Katniss struggles to understand her feelings about Peeta and her best friend – Gale. As part of their duties as victors of the Hunger Games, they are preparing to embark on a “Victory Tour” to all districts within Panem. The day Katniss is due to leave, the Capitol’s President Snow arrives at her home and sternly warns her that she must convince Panem’s citizens that she and Peeta are truly in love; their actions in the Games have sparked unrest across the districts and many believe their attempted suicide was actually a defiant act against the Capitol rather than a sacrifice for love. Snow indirectly threatens both Gale’s and Katniss’ families.

After ending of Victory Tour, Cinna and Katniss’s prep team arrive to help Katniss prepare for her bridal shoot. The stylists tell her about supply shortages across the Capitol, leading Katniss to suspect that rebellions and uprisings are spreading across Panem. President Snow announces that, for the 75th Hunger Games, as part of the “Quarter Quell”, a special edition of the Games every quarter-century, tributes will be reaped from a pool of all living Victors of past Hunger Games and new game starts.

First 150 pages are too slow or I can say, Story isn’t moving at all. I was getting bored while reading Victory Tour. Victory Tour is not enough to understand all 12 district. Story refers Gale and Prim numerous time but as story told from perspective of Katniss but its not involving other characters other than Peeta and Haymitch and that’s where Stephenie Meyer scores more compare to Suzanne Collins when it comes to character development.

After 150 pages, book is rocking. It become page turner. It include survival, government control, rebellion, and interdependence vs. independence. Every page starts fire inside you and at the end, it surprise you with suspense.

Some good lines from book.

  • I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.
  • I always channel my emotions into my work. That way, I don’t hurt anyone but myself.
  • At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.
  • Aim higher in case you fall short.
  • That if desperate times call for desperate measures, then I’m free to act as desperately as I wish.
  • I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.
  • Because, sometimes, things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.
  • Shame isn’t a strong enough word for what I feel.

Last time, I have seen dream – which involves story characters- when I read Kafka On The Shore and same thing happened yesterday on completion of Catching Fire. I was comparing this series with Twilight every time and sometime I feel it same way too but this series is completely unique and has its own charm.

About Author: [Official Site]

Source [Wiki]: Collins was born on August 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Vietnam War. As the daughter of a military officer, she and her family were constantly moving. She spent her childhood in the eastern U.S.After meeting children’s author James Proimos while working on the Kids’ WB show Generation O!, Collins was inspired to write children’s books herself.Her inspiration for Gregor the Overlander, the first book of The New York Times best selling series The Underland Chronicles, came from Alice in Wonderland, when she was thinking about how one was more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole, and would find something other than a tea party.Between 2003 and 2007 she wrote the five books of the Underland Chronicles: Gregor the Overlander, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and Gregor and the Code of Claw. During that time, Collins also wrote a rhyming picture book, When Charlie McButton Lost Power (2005), illustrated by Mike Lester.

Enjoy Reading !!!

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