Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: September 01, 2009
“To me, there’s no point in talking about things that might have been.”
SPARKS ARE IGNITING.
FLAMES ARE SPREADING.
AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her, even 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. Katniss is about to be tested as never before.
Catching Fire follows the aftermath of Katniss Everdeen’s life after she won in the Hunger Games. This used to be my favorite book in the whole trilogy. However, during my reread, I found myself conflicted.
I love this book. Seeing the aftermath of what happens not only to Katniss but also the effect of the Games to Panem as a whole is a very interesting read. For one, we never really see the other districts in the first book and during the victor’s tour, we get to see glimpses of the difference between each district. However, I feel like at some point the book drags a little during the tour although we get to see how it plays out with the rest of the story. Moreover, seeing the emotions of each district, whether it was for the Games or for the loss of one of them, gives you the idea of how this event is such a big deal though people did not say it out loud.
I don’t know how the author came up with the idea of the arena but I just love it. The plot as well is very interesting, though like I said it drags a little in the beginning. Even though you feel like you know what was happening, you will be caught off guard by the underlying plot. It would make you wonder like Katniss, as to what is happening. But my favorite part of the book other than the arena is knowing some events that happened in the previous Hunger Games.
One of the reasons why I love this book is the characters. They felt so real, even their emotions. I feel connected not only to Katniss but also to the other characters, the other tributes in the 75th Hunger Games. You can feel the anger, frustration, and sadness of the characters. It makes them feel too human, too real for me. And even though this is a reread, I still get emotional with all the deaths.
Also, the romance. I am conflicted in the first part of the book as to whose sides I am in. But also, there are a lot of moments that show how Katniss was in love with Gale and my heart aches for them. But like Gale said in the book, it was hard to hate Peeta. He was so selfless and you can see how he loves Katniss. However, there are a few scenes where he was too cheesy but I’ll let that pass.
All in all, I enjoyed the reread of this book. I was very emotional in a lot of scenes because I know what was gonna happen in the pages and the next book. It used to be a 5-Moon book for me but the part where it kinda drags a little put it off for me.
Well, that is all for this review.
Until next time!