Thanks to all who logged on yesterday to read all about the super-fab Deborah Gregory! Told you it would be worth it!
Now, for a book review. I just finished reading Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. And although I was on the fence about liking The Hunger Games, due to the horrifying violence between the children in the book, I've now grown to be a full-fledged fan.
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Everyone but Katniss is surprised when the Capital announces that this year's quarter games (anniversary games every 25 years) will include a past male and female victor from every district—meaning that Katniss will be heading back into the Hunger Games.
Like I said before, I've grown to be a fan of these books. The pacing of this second book was a little slow at first and the new Hunger Games didn't really begin until the late middle of the book. The games themselves seemed to take a lot less time to get through than the first and by the second book, much of the shock of the first book has worn off. As a reader, you begin to almost ignore the fact that these normally nice people are killing each other—sometimes with little to no remorse.
I grew to love Peeta even more in this book. Suzanne Collins does a great job setting him up as the one innocent, pure character in the book. And his love for Katniss is beautiful. I also loved the tone of defiance that this book took. As the reader, we know that what these characters are being forced to do is unthinkable, and there's a certain amount of satisfaction in seeing them begin to stand up for themselves and the districts in general.
So, although it wasn't as jarring and unique as the first book, I quite enjoyed the second one. And now I have to wait until August to read the third and final book, Mockingjay! Booooo! Why didn't I wait to read these until then!
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