CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
Released: 7th September 2009
Review Format: Paperback Edition (owned)
Read: August 2010
Goodreads Synopsis: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumours of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
My thoughts: I read this book back in August and oh my! My heart still races when I think about it. When I picked the book up I would never have guessed for one minute how the plot of The Hunger Games would continue.
Katniss was in big trouble after winning the 74th Hunger Games and the Capitol were after her blood. The book was fast paced and the suspense never ends, right down to the very last line. I thought Hunger Games was amazing, but this one was even better.
I loved Katniss. I loved her humour, her defiance and just about everything about her. I could visualise the costumes as I was reading about the ceremony. I could visualise the scenes of chaos and destruction. Suzanne Collins has the fantastic ability to actually take you there as a spectator. On more than one occasion I had the urge to jump in and help. I cried, I laughed and at times I had to put the book down because I just couldn't bare to read the next paragraph until my emotions had calmed a little.
And that last line ... I would never have guessed. I was still reeling the day after finishing the book!
My rating: 5 stars
I read Mockingjay shortly after it's release at the end of August 2010. My review on that one will be up very soon.