Book Reviews: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Author: Suzanne Collins
Title: Catching Fire
Publication Info: Scholastic Audio Books (2009)
ISBN:  0545101417

Books read by the same author: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Summary/Review: So I wanted to find out what happens next and couldn’t resist listening to the next book in The Hunger Games series.  It’s plagued by some of the same problems as the earlier book with weak prose (especially narrator/protagonist Katniss Everdeen’s interior debates) and thin characterization for some of the characters.  This especially hurts the first half of the book which is built around a love triangle that doesn’t work because neither of the indistinguishable boys is very interesting  (they both fit the Mary Sue trope).  There’s a lot of nitpicking I could do about this book but the plot kept me interested.  In the second half of the book by a trick of the evil President Snow, Katniss & Peeta are returned to the arena for another Hunger Games in kind of an all-star battle of the victors.  I thought this might be a cheap narrative trick but it  actually worked pretty well at developing the familiar characters as well as introducing interesting new characters.  The form of the arena is contrived but the response of the characters as they form an uneasy alliance is very interesting.  Yeah, I will read the conclusion too.

Rating: **1/2

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