Thursday, 21 February 2013

Suzanne Collins – Catching fire (4/5)

Series: Hunger Games #2


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Genre: Post-apocalyptic

This is the book for you if you like:

- The first book of the series

- Stories focussed on slowly overthrowing the system

Summary: (from author’s website)

Much to her shock, Katniss has fuelled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Thoughts on covers:

Again, I prefer the German cover. I just think these covers tell a story, they’re so pretty.


I love the title. It has such multiple meanings, being both a literal and a figurative expression about what’s happening in the book. Though it probably helps that the title reminds me of one of my very favourite scenes from the book.

I’m very confused why the German translation changed the title to “Dangerous love” – it just sounds so… boring.


While I loved Katniss after the Hunger Games, in this book she started to annoy me. She’s a bit too naïve, a bit too… I’m not sure how to describe it. In book one she was a real heroine, strong, a fighter. In Catching Fire, she’s more of a reactive presence in everything that’s happening. She doesn’t really do anything, and that made her much less of the strong character she was in the first book.

As in the first book, it’s hard to give a real impression of the other characters. Most of them are so fleetingly described that it’s hard to forge any connection to them. I liked Cinna, I’m starting to like Haymitch. I also really like Gale.


The first and second part are set in the districts. Both in District 12 and in the other ones during the victory tour. The third part is, again, set in the Hunger Games arena.

General story:

I actively disliked the first part of this book. It was boring, it didn’t give me any reason to care about the story and I was ready to give up on it. But then, halfway, the story gets back its pace and sense of urgency. I was afraid that Katniss going back into the arena would make this book a repeat of the first one, but it turned out that was the strongest part of the book.

Contrary to the first book, which worked just as well as a standalone, this book definitely leads up to the third part. The ending is very open and cliffhangery.

Will I read the other instalments in this series?

Yes! I now can’t wait to read the final part.

Overall rating: 4/5

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