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©2009 Suzanne Collins; (P)2009 Scholastic, Inc.
"Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue (so who needs vampires?)." (People Magazine)
"Catching Fire not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them." (Stephenie Meyer)
"...enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." (School Library Journal, starred review)
This was a good sequel with the same strengths and flaws as book one. Like The Hunger Games, the plot is rather predictable, but nonetheless I found it a gripping story, even when I could see what was coming a mile away.
The main flaw in this book was that the plot was a bit recycled (it is essentially Hunger Games II) and the overall series arc, a revolt against the Capital, makes virtually no forward progress.
The ending is one of the worst cliff-hangers ever, though: while I knew that of course not everything would be wrapped up in this book, for all practical purposes Catching Fire is just Part One, with the third book in the trilogy being Part Two. If you liked the first book, you'll want to read this one, but plan to read Mockingjay immediately afterwards.
The first half of the book, like the first, is spent setting up the political setting. I swallowed this much more easily this time around, mostly because it has a proper purpose. My problems with this book begin at about the point that you realize that the main story points here are probably driven by the author's opportunity to have another go at describing arena combat.
Frankly, I find it largely uninteresting to put Peeta and Katniss into the Games a second time, especially when the author went through all of the trouble to make it possible that Haymitch could be a contestant. I think a superior story would have been to put Haymitch into the games with Katniss, which would force the author to really make her characters watertight. Peeta is such a flat character that frankly contributes so little to this story and the previous that you're shocked at how underutilized he is. He's just a big pawn for the author to use to make Katniss do mildly irrational things in a predictable fashion.
The author used a story device in this book that I also didn't like... It was like she had this cool arena she made up, but didn't have a way to show the audience how cool it was, so she had to make a minor character just magically know how it worked, but then make that character unable to speak coherently, so that everybody has to guess at what this character is trying to say. It was juvenile, I guess. I accept it, because that's the target audience, but it didn't demonstrate storytelling prowess.
Finally, the author seems to have built this story on Katniss's obliviousness to the *real* story going on behind the scenes. Consequently you don't know anything about it either as the reader, and once the reveal happens, you're left feeling like it the story you were being told was rather pointless and unnecessary. It was interesting, I grant you, but largely unnecessary. And then people are like
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
I loved this series, especially this book. The characters were so interesting and the political plot really came out.
I dont know if I'll ever hear any audiobook as fully amazing as the Darth Bane trilogy. Ever. Really. OMG.
I actually have no idea what to say. I think the book has rendered me speechless. All I can say is that I enjoyed this series so much, number two, Catching Fire especially, that I have stopped reading 2/3 of the way into the 3rd & final book probably because deep down, I don't think I can bear to part from the characters & their world. I just cant stand facing the fact that there are not going to be more. I wish, wish, WISH that the author would add several more to this series. I dont even know that its going to be possible once the book ends, but my goodness. I can tell you that I've never felt this way about a book. Cant say its my favorite book of all times or anything like that, but I can say I've never been so emotionally invested in a story for Gods sake! Much less one thats geared to readers who are probaly my son's age (he's just under 16).
I'm in my 30s and was riveted! The writing and character development for the series is so good, I couldn't stop listening. The second book in the series introduces some new characters and complexities with the love triangle, as well as the overarching themes of survival and politics between the districts and the capitol. The author really maintains the suspense and brings us inside Katniss' thought process. There is also a sense of maturity as the story develops.
The narrator does an excellent job bringing each character to life--so good!
A must listen!
This was more thoughtful than book 1 - not a knock on either book, they were just different. I was afraid it would not be as good as book 1, but actually found it a little better.
My daughter says book 3 was a little disappointing, so I stopped after book 2 and asked her instead to tell me how it all ends. This is a great trilogy, at least insofar as I can vouch based on the first two books.
I loved the first book The Hunger Games even though it is geared towards Young Adults. The second doesn't disappoint either, although as it's part of a series anyone reading it as a standalone would be completely lost. Carolyn McCormick is one of the most talented narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to and makes all the characters voices just pop. On the other hand, just made a mistake of downloading Dream Hunter whose narrator ruins the story. A good narrator sucks you in and keeps you transfixed.
Ussually I save my audio books for the car, but this one I could not stop listening to. I read the 1st THE HUNGER GAMES on my kindle and when this one was not avaialble on the Kindle I used a credit and got it. I cannot wait until the 3rd book comes out. I did not think I would like these books based on the premise but I was convinced to try them and I loved them.
After HUNGER GAMES, I needed more. Sometimes the book after such a phenomenal and original story lacks a little of the surprise and excitement. Not so with this book. It lives up to HUNGER GAMES and more. The only bad part, I have to wait another year for the next book!!!!
A good read, but not as captivating as the first in the series. I am intrigued to finish the trilogy and to discover if the story continues on its trajectory. Note - thanks to Carolyn McCormick for dropping that baby voice she used when speaking for Katness in the first book. She's a teenager, not a toddler.
I'm really enjoying these audio-books. They are wonderfully read, and very well written. I think Suzanne Collins did a great job with the characters, especially Katniss. And just when I think I know how the story is going to go, she goes in a completely different direction.
First of all, let me just say that I love the narrator Carolyn McCormick. She's doing a great job and I love her voice, tone and rhythm for the Hunger games series! This first part of the second book was not as action packed as the first Hunger Games, but it was not in the least uninteresting. I wanted to keep listening until it was done! I am also very excited about the second part of the recording which promises all the action to come. I think this book was really enjoyable - would recommend it.
"Not as good as the first book"
The first book is so gripping that I can't imagine not reading this second installment, but, although decent, it wasn't anywhere near as good as the first book. Katniss lacks the cleverness that got her through the first games and the plot contains too much same old same old to make it special.
This was as good as the Hunger Games,but i never exspected the ending like it was cannot wait to listen to the final book.
"Not the best"
I've listened to the first book and was enthralled.
It was a little too recap heavy for me. It was also repetitive and this lost some of my interest. It seemed like a bridge to the final book. I also lost some of my support for Katniss she seems to be very self absorbed in this book.
I was not fond of the Katniss' voice, it sounded a little weak and whiny, which I'm sure was not the intention for the heroine of the story.
Yes it was worth the listening time.
I afraid I'm not going to listen to the third book in the trilogy but I'm sure it will tie up lots of lose ends. I just fear it will be another chance to revisit the old plot and stories.
"A thoroughly gripping book"
I would surely listen to Catching Fire again. the story is fast-paced, the characters are well developed, the language is beautiful and the symbolism in the story is impossible not to get inspired by.
The mere thought of drawing a parallell between the symbolism in this book and the rampant development of entertainment in the modern world is gripping.
No, I have not.
The story itself makes my heart race. The overall theme of the book is a mix of inspiring and depressing (in a good way!)
Nope, I'm good.
"Bit of bridge to the fantastic 3rd book"
As I've found with most trilogies the 2nd book tends to be a bit of a bridge betwen the excitement of the first book and the climax and thrill of the 3rd book. This one is a bit of a scene/background setter ready for the 3rd book, but is still unput-downable and is completely believable for a future American world
"A gripping listen"
So, I already own the paperback and have recently purchased The Hunger Games on audiobook, so the next step would be to acquire this one, the second in the trilogy. A great Narrator makes this a much more enjoyable listen than some I've come across. We have listened to it a few times now and think it will become a great addition to our audio library.
"It gets interesting..."
This books needs no introduction. You can't not read it if you've read the Hunger Games. My comment is specific to the audible version: Carolyn McCormick does a fine job with the reading. Her voice adapts well to all the different characters so it's always pretty clear who's talking. The slightly husky tone to her voice adds an edge to the prose, and definitely makes you feel that you're listening to more than a kids' book. A pleasure to listen to.
loved the story line, absolutely captivating.
Fantastic build up to a huge twist at the end!
the girl on fire strikes back
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