I was assured that once the wedding dresses are delivered, the book gets much more chaotic and it was true. However, it was overly dramatic and the heroine definetly suffers from the reluctant hero syndrome (whining)
This series gets better and better with each book. And the performer, Carolyn McCormick, really masters these characters voices making it easy for me to know who was speaking.
The continuation of the tale and the feeling that eventually things were going to turn around and be OK
Here and there and few more signs that somehow Cat was going to catch on and figure it out.
Her change of tone and expression as she changed viewpoints.
No extreme reactions, other than HOPE ---- that the tide was actually going to turn and solutions would come into play.
I did not, and will not, purchase the 3rd book of this trilogy. My decision was based on reading other reviews that spoke of the hopelessness and darkness of the 3rd book. I don't want to go there, and would prefer to come up with my own imagined ending to this tale. Call me a romantic if you wish, but I'm not inspired by authors who subtly build hope up, then dash it to pieces. Not going there.
It's nearly as good as Book One. Some of the problems for this book include a strange structure; it seems as though the first half of the book is an information dump, as though Collins feels the need to explain "everything that happened to Katniss after Hunger Games", so as a reader you are left with gobs of exposition.
Fortunately, Collins has done so much great world-building that the exposition is still darn interesting, and there is tension everywhere, as we see Katniss trying to live her life in a repressive environment. But as the chapters piled up, I wondered, "Are we going to be treated to another round of the Hunger Games?" After all, the series is called The Hunger Games, so you kind of have to feature the deadly event as a central component in all the books.
Sure enough, there is another Hunger Games, but it doesn't even begin until the second half of the book, and I wonder if that makes this installment somewhat inferior to Book One, which is structured beautifully.
Personally, I love the political implications of Katniss' actions, and this book uses that as a central theme.
To the critics who don't like the love triangle -- I actually found the love triangle stuff more tolerable in this book than in Book One.
McCormick's narration is fantastic. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to Book Three.
You felt like you were there... so exciting and enthralling. It was hard to put it down!!!
When her dress caught fire.The whole game experience.
Katniss and Pita,Gale...all of them were good.
The ending almost killed me.It left me want more right then.Already had the 3rd book bought and downloaded. And I started right then,
It is just as good as the Hunger Games!!!
The wedding gown transforming into a mocking jay costume
yes, I didn't do anything else while I listened to the story.
I wish that I would have not listened to the hype about this trilogy.I wish that I could erase the fact that I read/listened to them at all. I wish that I never bought them at all.
Hunger Games was the tamest of the three, but all of them detailed starvation, deranged so-called "leaders" who were just plain SICK in all ways imaginable. This book and the trilogy in general just left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That the Hunger Games was filmed in my state just made it all that much worse. It has been a really long time since a work of fiction has made me feel so much rage for the characters. I felt rage at the injustices thrown at them, the abuse heaped upon them, and the games that these kids were subjected to. **Sigh** How it was classified as a children's book totally astounds me. Do NOT read this book if you have ever suffered any sort of abuse in your life, as triggers are written all through the 3 books.
The Battle Continues...
Johanna Mason is a fantastic addition to Collins's already memorable and richly developed cast of characters. She's a brutal, lawless version of Katniss, without the self-doubt and guilt of taking action. Johanna also gets some of the best one-liners: she has no "filter," she speaks the uncensored truth.
Other than The Hunger Games, I hadn't listened to any of McCormick's other performances. I think she is an excellent narrator, with a clear voice and an "understated" performance that never turns the story into a melodrama. She serves the story well; she made me cry with her performance in the first book!
Well, with the enormous success of the first film adaptation of The Hunger Games, it's inevitable a sequel will follow. The tagline could be, "A Return to the Arena ... A Return to Arms." Something dramatic that references both the 75th Annual Quarter Quell as well as the political turmoil in Panem.
I agree with the other reviewers that the forced love triangle between Peeta, Katniss, and Gale in the beginning of the book is probably the weakest part of the story. Still, it is a brief plot point, and danger from The Capitol looms ever closer -- I eagerly await the conclusion, Mockingjay.
Yes. I really like how the story develops in this second installment. I feel like I get to know the characters better, and the twist in the story keep you on your toes.
I actually have two. Katniss and Cena. I like their nurturing relationship.
Catching Fire: Rise of the Mocking Jay
Catching Fire: The Hunger Returns
Catching Fire: Uprising
Love historical fiction, good light reading, histories, and theological treatises.
Of course, I loved it. How can you not? But I'm hoping that the movies do more to show the other side of the story - that in and of itself would have been a GREAT plotline to follow. I am aware that the surprise was Collins' device to keep you spellbound, but I love a good open plot. In any case, well done, and great story! I was hooked from the first.