Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Rating: **** (4 out of 5)

Review: Warning: Contains spoilers for the first book.

After managing to win the Hunger Games, save Peeta’s life and strike a symbolic blow to the Capitol’s totalitarian strength, Katniss returns home a victor, rich beyond anything she ever needed and more damaged than before. As the story progresses, she begins to realize the implications of her actions go far beyond herself, Peeta and their families, and that she unwittingly started a rebellion in the Districts against the Capitol. What will the all-powerful President Snow do to quell the flames of revolution, and can Katniss do anything to save herself, her loved ones and the Districts?

This was a great read. Suzanne Collins’ writing kept me glued to the pages, even if the story was a bit predictable – for me, at least. I could pretty much see all the twists coming, even though Katniss herself seemed totally oblivious to all the signs around her. That’s the only thing about the book that irked me – Katniss is at times absolutely annoying and you wish you could reach into the book and slap some sense into her. She needs to be told absolutely everything as she can’t seem to put two and two together, ever, or when she does try she reaches the most ridiculous conclusions. It gets a little better toward half-way through the book, and she has her heart in the right place, I guess; but I still liked practically all the other characters better than her.

Still, this is an interesting story that touches upon many political and social issues that are relevant nowadays. And the ending left such an impression on me that I started reading the third book right away. Let’s see how this plays out!

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