Books

Books
Books

Geek

Geek
Geek

Beauty

Beauty
Beauty

BOOKS // 'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins

As I mentioned in my previous Hunger Games review, I'm currently working my way through the Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, and I have just finished the second instalment, Catching Fire.


Catching Fire follows life for Katniss, the book's protagonist and narrator, after she has become the victor of the previous Hunger Games. Her life is basically turned upside down but not for the best, despite the fact she has assumed she would have a nicer life after the games, because the Capitol saw her victory as a sign of defiance against them. This book was considerably better than the film in my opinion, and I could not stop reading it.

This book is much darker than the first instalment. Whilst the first was much more gory (this one was gory too, I had just become used to the writing style), Catching Fire was much darker and played more on the psychological state of Katniss after her victory. She's in a catch-22 and, as a reader, you just cannot imagine what she can possibly do to save herself from the monster that is President Snow.

It goes from bad to worse as it is announced this year's games will involve previous winner's going back in the arena - something that no one saw coming as it is promised once you have won, you won't be nominated for the games again. Unfortunately for Katniss, she is the only victor of District 12 so is forced to go back in the area and fight for her life. Even though I've seen the film and I knew the majority of the plot, this still took me by surprise as you get a lot more feeling of desperation and lack of hope from the book than film, so this twist is like a kick in the face to Katniss.

The love story aspect of this book is a lot stronger and is more of a difficult choice for Katniss. She is torn between childhood friend Gale and Peeta, who she had to create a fake love story for to keep her alive in the previous book. Personally I'm on team Peeta but Katniss just cannot see what a great catch he is (so frustrating!) but I guess the point of this love story is to show to the reader just how much of a grip the Capitol holds over all of the districts to the point where they dictate who you are in love with and face dire consequences if you go against them. This book is so tense and you are kept gripped every page.

This book has a lot less of the games itself in which I enjoyed. I found myself more interested in the first parts of the book and finding out more about President Snow and just how much of a nasty villain he is. There are many more parts to the book that the film just doesn't cover and it's really worth reading if you're after a young adult, dystopian fiction. I cannot wait to start the final book!

Becky xo

Follow me: BlogLovin // Twitter // YouTube // Pinterest //

2 comments

  1. I totally need to read this on my list for my next holiday
    Www.missljbeauty.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Out of the three books, this one was my favourite too! And I was also on team peeta!! Gale just annoyed me at times lol great review! Xxx

    Anisha ♥ All You Need Is Red Lipstickl

    ReplyDelete

Powered by Blogger.