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Publisher Other. The second book in the international bestselling Hunger Games series is now a feature film coming to theatres on November Here is the original novel with exciting new movie artwork on the cover.
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 rumors 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. From The Same Shop. No ratings yet. The Hunger Games, Book 3: Mockingjay. Breathing Series, Book 2: Barely Breathing.
Trapped in a Video Game, Book 1. Wings of Fire, Book 8: Escaping Peril. The Seeker, Book 2: Traveller. Penn Cage, Book 2: Turning Angel. Here's hoping this one sees some revision before its publication this fall. Collins is obviously capable of great things. And all complaints aside, this is a very compelling read.
Fantastic characters, and the setup is definitely there for an interesting conclusion. I can't wait to find out what happens next. THAT said, marks off for deus ex machina abuse. View all 49 comments. Nov 17, Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , fiction , young-adult. Victory in the 74th games has not been all that sweet for surprise double-victors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. And it is extremely sour for the reigning government. Katniss had shown them up big time when she publicly defied the gamemasters to keep from having to kill Peeta, an act of sedition as much as it was an act of courage and honor.
President Snow burns with rage at Katniss for showing up the games, the Capitol, and him personally. He recognizes that it is necessary to give the subjects of his government some hope, but Katniss and Peeta have provided a spark to the tinder of popular resentment, and Snow needs to forestall a conflagration.
The author Katniss is not in a good place back in District 12 after the games. Yeah, she has a nifty new house in the victor village, and her family is well taken care of, but she is experiencing a fair bit of PTSD. Collins describes Kat the victor. She has nightmares. She has flashbacks. Because everything associated with him except some very early childhood memories are associated with the Games. One of the soft spots in the logic of the story is that President Snow would think for a second that parading across the defeated districts the youngsters who had killed their children was anything but a guaranteed recipe for disaster.
It is believed that Katniss' popularity and selling the lie of her death-defying love for Peeta would gain some love for the Capitol, and would dampen public unrest. Sure, whatever. As her popularity grows, the pin she wore in the 74th games, the mockingjay, spreads as a symbol of resistance. I am sure Emily Dickenson would approve. Time for Plan B.
With his hopes for a palliative Victory Tour in ashes, Snow come up with another plan. How better to douse the embers of hope than to destroy all those who would fan the flame. So, for the 75th games, instead of a new crop of potential contestants, children between 12 and 18, from whom game contestants might be selected, he decrees that this time the tributes those selected will be chosen from the pool of prior winners.
Hell-uh-oh, Kat and Peet, this means you-oo. Hell hath no fury like a president scorned. There is no law, only power, and Snow aims to char those caught, or even suspected, of playing with matches. And if crushing the Hunger Games victors from all twelve districts crushes the rebellious spirit of the people, well, may the odds be ever in your favor. Of course, we all know there is a third volume in the series, so I am giving nothing up by reporting that the plan goes up in smoke.
There are many notions in play in Catching Fire , among them visions from the classical world of Greece and Rome. The whole notion of the games was taken from the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. King Minos of Crete had issues with Athens. There are varying accounts of how this came to be, but the accounts agree on the arrangement that was made. Athens was forced to send seven boys and seven girls to Crete every nine years to make a nice snack for a Minotaur, who resided in a labyrinth constructed by Daedelus.
Her solution is significant here, beyond the classic story, as the unraveling of string, of a sort, figures large in Catching Fire in helping out the tributes. Katniss Everdeen grew from a raw teen in Book I to become a warrior. She grows stronger still in Book II, overcoming her fears and miseries, growing in strength, even while accepting that her fate was likely sealed. She is a gladiator, thrown into an arena to do battle for the pleasure and control of the rulers.
And another classical notion comes in here, the slave warrior leading a rebellion. Katniss, by defying the Capitol in Book I and by her actions this time, has become the face of popular resistance, whether potential or kinetic. There are contemporary issues that resonate as well. Collins said: The Hunger Games is a reality television program. An extreme one, but that's what it is. And while I think some of those shows can succeed on different levels, there's also the voyeuristic thrill, watching people being humiliated or brought to tears or suffering physically.
And that's what I find very disturbing. There's this potential for desensitizing the audience so that when they see real tragedy playing out on the news, it doesn't have the impact it should. It all just blurs into one program. And then there is the romantic element. Peeta is a wonderful guy, pure soul, gifted communicator, smart, strong as an ox, loves her, but, while she may find him attractive as a friend, does she find him attractive enough to throw over her childhood sweetheart, Gale?
The pressure is unspeakable as the President, in order to save his own face, is insisting that she and Peeta make good on their cover story from their first game together. At the end of the 74th, Katniss had threatened pairs-suicide if the rulers insisted on having a single winner, and she prevailed. But the Capitol sold it as a manifestation of her love for Peeta, while the reality had been that she had stood up against the Capitol rulers.
She agreed to help sell the lie after the games in order to keep bad things from happening to her family. Peeta and Katniss have to cope with the public lie of their being a couple, but must also contend with the fact that they really are very fond of each other. Add in another hottie in the shape of the studly Finnick Odair a tribute in the 75th and the potential for emotional imbalance is considerable. The president, Coriolanus Snow, gets to strut and fret his hour upon the stage, issuing threats mostly. Ok, I really enjoyed this book.
I do have one gripe, though. Really, you knew there would have to be one. The Hunger Games story is really one long tale, and in order to keep from having to sell the book with its own set of wheels so you can tote it around, the publisher has divided it, like all Gaul, into three parts. Unlike the greedy film makers who took it a step further and made four films out of a trilogy And while it may make sense for this volume to have ended where it did, it seemed to me that it went from full on action to see ya next time in an awful hurry.
I had originally intended to make this a four-star rating, but on further consideration, in light of what Collins has done in terms of looking at real issues in a serious way, while offering top-notch entertainment, bringing in cultural foundations, and for making me root for a teenager to do something other than get a bad case of zits or run afoul of a serial killer, I am upping it to five.
Catching Fire sizzles. View all 44 comments. Well, kind of. No plot spoilers, just image spoilers. Don't read on if you do not want to see images of the actors cast in the upcoming Hunger Games movies. I am officially designating this review as my update central for casting on the Hunger Games. As new characters are cast, I will post the actor's pictures here along with the images I find that imitate how they might look as the character they will be playing. The best photoshopped pic I Warning!!
And Suzanne Collins gave her approval, so that in itself speaks volumes. Bottom-line is: Josh is workable. As long as they work with him to LOOK the part, and give him the eyes and most importantly the hair, I think he could be good. And our Gale: A little too pretty for my image of Gale. I also didn't picture Gale so beefy but instead trim and slim. Although for me, I was never too concerned with this role anyway. Gale never stood out to me as much as Peeta did in these books, so I would have been fine with nearly any choice.
Once again, as long as they work their studio magic on his looks, he should do just fine. The guy is awesome.get link
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I think he will pull it off without effort. Wes Bentley is Seneca Crane. Ummmmmm, yeah. He's frikkin hotter than the guy playing Peeta! Ceasar Flickerman will be played by Stanley Tucci. Excellent choice! Meet Rue and Thresh!! Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi. They are perfect, and I am already getting emotional thinking about that infamous scene with Rue As far as the other characters, the news isn't out quite yet. It seems they will be looking for Prim and Haymitch soon.
So I will post more info here once the news is out. Let me know what you think of the re-imaginings of these actors in their new character roles! Jul 15, Sophie rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , fiction , read-in , science-fiction , read-in , wishlist. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't review this without being spoilery, so The one thing I didn't like about this book is the part where Katniss finds out she has to go back to the Hunger Games.
I think there should have been more of a pause there--for disbelief, for Katniss maybe trying to think of ways out of it, ways to kill herself even. The book started moving at a really fast pace after that point, with Katniss and Peeta preparing for the next Games, and I was like "wait, what? One night of drinking didn't seem to cover it. The mockingjay imagery. The clock arena. The rebellion. President Snow being creepy as fuck. I was yelling and yelling at them to do it, and then finally they did, and I was like "YES!
I find the love triangle a little annoying but mostly interesting. Katniss doesn't really know how she feels about either of them, because she doesn't have the freedom to feel on her own terms. I like that she has some makeout time on the beach with Peeta, though. This series is reminding me more and more of Scott Westerfeld 's Uglies series.
I was hoping it'd go that way when I first read The Hunger Games. I was like, this government needs to be overthrown , Tally Youngblood-style. View all 48 comments. Shelves: favorites. Oh, snap. This is not a cliffhanger people, this is inhumane. Like hanging on for dear life by a spider web thin thread totally butt naked you know that makes it worse! It's so worth it though. Katniss is living in the Victors Village with her family. You'd think she could finally be able to relax and live the cushy life.
Well that wouldn't make a good book. There are rumors of rebelli Oh, snap. There are rumors of rebellion and since Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games in defiance they have become the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol, particularly President Snow, is not happy with them. Now Katniss has to worry about looking as in love with Peeta as possible to quiet down the rebellion, but is that what she really wants? How else would it have worked? I love Katniss and I hate her.
She frustrates me beyond belief, but you have to love her. I love how you see and know everything from Katniss's point of view. You feel just as scared for her family. You feel her confusion and doubt. You just really feel. I could probably name off a bunch of things that bothered me about the book I think I mentioned how I HAAAATE love triangles with a burning passion but you really care about the characters. You can't even hate Katniss's team of stylists, who are selfish Capitol dwellers. I get totally immersed, constantly trying to figure it all out.
The ending is just so…epic! How everything just falls into place and makes sense. You see the characters in a whole new light. So what do you read after a book like this? You see, this is the type of thinking you have after reading the book. View all 25 comments. Jun 21, Khurram rated it it was amazing. I have to say this book is much more than a step up from the first book. I thought the first book was ok at best but this book it better on an epic scale. If you are reading this I am assuming you have read the first book.
Controversially because there is only supposed to be one winner of the games, but these two choose to kill themselves rather than kill each other. This act of defiance is the spark for a revolution. The evil Preside I have to say this book is much more than a step up from the first book. The evil President Snow Leader of the Capital , tells Katness to either smother out this spark before it ignites, or people close to her will be killed.
The revolution starts small and cases small disruptions in the capital, and ends up with the "Peacekeepers" Capital police force , becoming more brutal in all districts including District This time the Hunger Games is the Quarter Quell celebrating 25 years of the game , which allow special stipulations in the games. Can Katness defy the Capital again? This book is less action packed then the first but a lot more emotional. Katniss is more herself in this book rather surly, bad tempered, emotional. Peeta is her polar opposite likable by everyone, managing to rally everyone with his words; I think Katniss even admits he would be a better revolution leader then she ever wood so she is determined to martyr herself so he can live.
View all 4 comments. Dec 05, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: teenworld , rain-man-reviews , after-the-fall. View all 39 comments. One taught me love. One taught me pain. View all 7 comments. Apr 23, brian rated it it was ok. View all 26 comments. Mar 27, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: Catching Fire was one of my most anticipated books of I loved it's predecessor, The Hunger Games and was so hopeful for this intstallment. I wasn't disappointed per se, but it did fail to meet my expectations. Here's a few reasons why I don't know what it is with authors and their recent need to load up their books with a hundred or so pages of filler, but I really wish they would cut it out.
There is lieterally about a hundred and some odd pages of this book that should have died on the Catching Fire was one of my most anticipated books of There is lieterally about a hundred and some odd pages of this book that should have died on the editing room floor. The 9 months that Katniss spends in District 12 only serves to let us know that uprisings are occuring and she has been targeted by The Captial, all of which could have been summed up in a chapter or two. Though we knew Gale would be an issue, we were hoping Katniss would "wake up" and realize what a worthy, fine specimen she has in Peeta, well, it doesn't happen that way, and to say I'm bummed is an understatement.
I'm kinda pissed. Katniss doesn't grow in this book at all. She is still a brash reacter, instead of a logicl thinker. I didn't mind it so much in the first book, because who wouldn't be, but the Hunger Games taught her nothing it seems, in either the way she responds to situations or in reference to how she really feels about the people in her life.
Next, I get that Peeta was never much of a badass, but was it really necessary to injure him 10 seconds into the games? That irked me like nothing else. In hindsight, Peeta is one of the strongest characters, menatlly, if nothing else, and yet Collins reduced him to an invalid so that Katniss could rise up to the challenge. It only made me roll my eyes and steam over the fact that I was going to have to read Hunger Games part duex, which wouldn't have been bad except for the fact that I was expecting something more.
Which leads me to my last complaint, the games. Though I could see everything in this book coming, I thought it was rather brilliant to send them back to the games. What wasn't brilliant however, was the games themselves. They started out well enough, but after the crazy fog and freaky monkeys, Collins sort of lost me.
Who cares if there is death traps all over the place if you know how to predict it and can avoid it? Not scary. Basically, this booked lacked the magic of the first, and failed to wow with new material as nothing new really happens.
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Yeah we learn a little more, and the last few pages shake things up a bit, but I shouldn't have to wait until I've read to the end to finally learn something interesting. There were moments where I would catch a glimpse of what made me love Hunger Games, and for that I give this book three stars. But I can't in good conscious give it more for it lacked character development and basically just served as a pit stop between books one and three.
Hopefully the third will be better. View all 35 comments. Aug 12, tee rated it did not like it Shelves: e-pube , traumatically-shit. So I got bored about halfway through and because I was bored I started focusing on the irritating things. So, Katniss asks a lot of fucking questions. This book should be titled Curious Katniss and the Game that she should play is "How long can Katniss go without asking a question before we blow her skull to smithereens?
It'd be a really, really short booK and people like me would either rejoice, or be sad because Spoilers? It'd be a really, really short booK and people like me would either rejoice, or be sad because then we would have to find something productive to do with our time. I did that! See, along with other people asking questions I didn't compile these along with the slew of 'maybes' please refer to a rundown of this later in my review and the lack of anything interesting happening - this novel is a prime candidate for, I don't know, being used as toilet paper. Except I have too much respect for my arse to do that.
Just because it's YA, it doesn't mean you get to get away with being shit. Katniss asks questions in her head and as a reader, we are privy to the inanity of her thoughts. Then I turned and as Gale and Haelle and all the kids waiting for me, so what could I do but go along? What do they want? Why is my mother so pale? Perhaps I wouldn't have had such a problem with the questions if Collins didn't frequently go on a mad, frenzied self-questioning rampage, like so: If he knows this, what else does he know?
And how does he know it? Haven't we for years? Those questions were all in one paragraph. And here's the rest of Katniss' internal monologue, for your reading pleasure. Drink it? And how? Hey, Peeta, remember how I was kind of faking being in love with you? Who else will be dead if I don't satisfy President Snow? That really isn't the point, though, is it? Disappeared into the woods and never came out? Blow my lips up like President Snow's? Tattoo my breasts?
Dye my skin magenta and implant gems in it? Cut decorative patterns in my face? Give me curved talons? Or cat's whiskers? Do they really have no idea how freakish they look to the rest of us? How far south have we come in a day? If I had a bow and arrows, would I just keep going? What do they do? Have preliminary drawings? Thresh's grandmother? One of Rue's little sisters? How did I not know that? Was it enough? BUt what can he do? Have I? But will he even come? Didn't I do the same thing to my mother? Was that directed at me?
Did he try to come to Gale's aid before I got here? District 3? From the Capitol itself? I have to try to fight? How could we do that here? Would the people of District 12 join in or lock their doors? What do I mean when I say I love Gale? Is he really planning to go through with it? What, in his twisted brain, will that achieve? Is it for the benefit of those in the Capitol? And then he'll kill us?
As a lesson to the districts? Who else would I be? Could it be true? Could there be somewhere to run besides the wilderness? Somewhere safe? What side? Am I unwittingly the face of the hoped-for rebellion? Has the mockingjay on my pin become a symbol of resistance? Has Thread turned on the fence as an addition security measure? Or does he somehow know I've escaped his net today? Is he determined to strand me outside District 12 until he can apprehend and arrest me? Drag me to the square to be locked in the stockade or whipped or hanged?
I thought no one saw me sneak under the fence, but who knows? Or is Thread acting on his own? What does it mean? Existing pool of victors? Where to go? What could I possibly want here? Broiling themselves? Or do I see the president fixated on me as well? That we're sorry for the other's lot? That we ache for the other's pain?
That we're glad we had the chance to know each other?
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Something to upset them? You, who have given your talents to the Games? Are they jealous of its beauty? The power it might have to manipulate the crowd? Keep a secret from who? Where on earth is he going with this? And me? And it could be true now, couldn't it? That every victor has? Every parent in every district in Panem? Where is he now? What are they doing to him? Torturing him? Killing him? Turning him into an Avox? For Finnick to win my trust, and then swim out and drown Peeta? Know him better? Owe him more? But to what end? And who knows what the night will hold?
So how can I kill him in his sleep? Why didn't he just let him die? And why was he so determined to team up with me? What does that signify? One ring for each district? But why? Was it because she was so old her days were numbered anyway? Where is it? Peeta's life above their own? What are they doing to her? Why is she part of the games? Do they have her up in the trees? Why didn't Peeta come to help me?
Why did no one come after us? I've set thousands of snares. Isn't this just a larger snare with a more scientific component? Could it work? What do we know about harnessing power from the sky? How can I protect him from a distance? I think. What is happening? Did he actually try to drive the knife into the force field the way Peeta did by accident? And what's the deal with the wire?
Was this his backup plan? What would that do, anyway? A great deal? Fry us all? Why would I need reminding? Will there be a victor of the Seventy-fifth Hunger Games? Moved them from hospital to prison? Or did he really have no idea what Beetee intended? How is he even here? But Katniss doesn't keep her questions to herself; she annoys everybody else with them! I couldn't bear to NOT share the following with you. Katniss takes it upon herself to question everybody, everywhere "You're hideous, you know that right? How can I aim higher? Like Effie's hair? To paint them out?
Not being straight with each other? You don't think I'm mad? You'll go with me? SEnd her over? What does that mean? A shot of a bird? You think you're just going to find some new city with people strolling around in it? And that's just fine with the Capitol? If it's true, why do they leave us to live like this? With the hunger and the killings and the Games? Is it out of season? Out loud!
Exclamation point! I begin to question them casually I want to ask them more To the districts that are rebelling? Knowing all the others? Headlamps or fire? Why does that not surprise me? Can't you hear it? She got them for me? Why not? Like how they'll use Annie for bait, Finnick? Here's a great example from Chapter 15; Maybe he's too pretty, or maybe he's too easy to get, or maybe it's really that he'd just be too easy to lose.
Yep, that was altogether! Here's a few more, Maybe she expected it. Maybe they can even confirm my suspicions of an uprising there. Maybe some fishhooks. Maybe you're a Class A irritating fuck, that's what. Some of Collins' sentences are also horrific; Then I'm at a party where everyone wears masks and someone with a flicking wet tongue, who I suppose is Finnick, stalks me, but when he catches me and pulls off his mask, it's President Snow, and his puffy lips are dripping in bloody saliva Yeah, by horrific I don't mean the content.
Check out that eyesore. AND she starts a lot of sentences with conjunctions. Which I do continually. Which, in my opinion, is fine if you are stating something emphatetically or are not a published author. Perhaps it's even okay to let the odd one slip if you do so happen to be so lucky as to get your shitty novel published.
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When that odd one adds up to the point where it's actually noticable and fucking annoying, then you've got a problem. Just when I was starting to get really irked at this flaw, I stumbled across this gem from chapter 16 to prove to you exactly what I mean.
Because, on the whole, I don't hate them. And some I like. And a lot of them are so damaged that my natural instinct would be to protect them. But all of them must die if I'm to save Peeta. TL;DR: This book sucked balls. View all 57 comments. Another enjoyable entry in the Hunger Games Saga! Soon I can pretend that I didn't wait forever to read these because I'll have flown through.
Full review to come. View 2 comments. Jan 10, Wendy rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya-loved , everyone-should-read-this-book , awesome-inner-dialogue , read-book-because-i-like-the-author , because-i-can-t-not-read-the-sequal , alternative-history-future , dystopia , reading-for-my-job , books-i-read-to-learn-stuff. I know it's popular and over-saturated, but it's not Twilight At all. Read it asap.
Re-reading the series because I just want to, darn it. I bought the books for that reason, right? It was for me, just as hang-on-to-your-hat as the first time. I should have put it down at 11 and went to bed, but no. But really, in this terrible dystopian world, I think things had to get worse for Katniss before she decided that something had to be done.
Things decidedly get worse. Her second worst nightmare happens: she's going back in the arena. I totally remember the first read through around that that was the last thing I expected. She realizes her first worst nightmare will probably come to pass in one way or another: there are going to be deaths. She can't protect everyone major foreshadowing , but she'll die trying. I'll amend something I mentioned below: I do think this is maybe slightly better than HG. I can't really pin point it. It's a great book. Both are. HG introduces us to a world we can't imagine, and Catching Fire starts to show the cracks.
The growing pains have begun.
You can only suppress and oppress people for so long until they say "enough". Twelve districts live for the single benefit of the Capital. Did you get it the first time? She's the girl on fire, so they put in in the one place where fire can't burn: Water. And lots of it. I thought the idea of the clock was genius, not only in it's written execution but also in the metaphor. Your time is short. Your life is short. I think I even learned a thing or two about human nature. Also, don't pre-judge people. They might be brave and noble hiding behind snobby and aloofness. Totally not what I expected, but a good story.
Although not as jaw-droppingly good as the first book. Less action, especially in the first act of the book. Action picks up later, but is still not as good as the first one. Still, a good 'middle' book, for what I expect to be a trilogy. Provided a little more backstory, and certainly a lot more foreshadowing of what will be happening next. Can't wait for the next one!!! View all 17 comments. Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: 1-fiction , 3-multi-book-series , 2-fic-young-adult , 2-fic-fantasy-and-scifi.
Every so often, I select a Young Adult book to read. After I read the Hunger Games, I had to finish the trilogy I mean, how could you not, right? Let's back up a bit I love challenges. I am totally in my element watching serial killers on TV shows. I didn't mean that in a sociopath-kinda way I just mean the thrill of trying to guess who the killer is and who's gonna go next is the fun part I'm honestly not a serial killer It's total cheesy fun, but I could watch it anytime The point is THAT is a fun book.
So I had to read The Hunger Games. She'd already been through so much. And I couldn't take the stress of guessing which character would go and in what horrific way. My reaction was like: OK I really, really liked this book. And if it wasn't already done in the first edition, I would have given this a Peeta seemed destined to be with Katniss in the books. And I was good with that. We all need someone to bake for us, right? Losing Mags and Rue was awful.
But the imagination in these books is incredible. This is is how I felt: I recommend reading the series. It may totally be commercial young adult fiction, but if it gets you to read, it's a good thing. And it's full of moral lessons and a challenge to think critically about life. All around I think it's a must read! About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.
Feb 20, Natalie Monroe rated it it was amazing Shelves: fearless-protagonists , kick-ass-heroines , i-spy-something-pointy , mental-illness , fabulous-five-stars , favorites , my-inner-feminist-cries-with-joy , reread-for-the-nth-time , pleasantly-surprised , i-m-your-barbie-girl. Testing, testing Cynical Natalie: Eh, I'm not holding out much hope. The Hunger Games wasn't that good this time around.
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