Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Catching Fire

The second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy has us following Katniss and Peeta as they go on their Victor's tour of the 12 Districts and the Capitol. The tour does not go as planned when they encounter unrest in the Districts. Katniss is filled with despair when she realizes winning the Hunger Games means the Capitol will never let her be free, particularly as she becomes the symbol of the rebellion.

I like this part of the trilogy. We are familiar with the world, but it is before the story culminates in its grand finish. I enjoyed reading about the victors from the previous games. They are different from anyone else in their world. They appear to have an easy life compared to everyone else, but on closer examination, they all seem crazy because of the methods they use to cope with surviving the games.

I reread this book right before seeing the movie. It is my favorite book in the trilogy. There is so much more depth to the characters and the story. The balance of hope and despair throughout the book is outstanding. We learn that there is a darker side to winning the Hunger Games. I loved the first book, and this one is even better. I recommend continuing to read this trilogy.

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