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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)
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 think I'm in love with a Star Wars villian....
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.
My wife's been reading these books as they come out and I've been listening to the audiobooks and this one's an amazing sequel, but Carolyn McCormick's narration is starting to really get in the way of my enjoyment of the series. After I mentioned that I was irked with how annoyingly petulant Katniss has become since the first book, I've been informed by several people who read the books that this appears to be a perception I've formed based on the horrendous performance of the narrator.
Why on earth she insists on using this bizarre pouty-lipped babytalk reading style is completely beyond me, but it's 5x as bad as it was in "The Hunger Games." Words like "squirrel" which occur shockingly often, are like nails on a blackboard. It feels like I'm literally being read to like I'm an infant, all the more inappropriate given the words that are being read to me from this heart-wrenching story.
This is a five star book that's been dragged down a star by the performance. I'll still probably finish the series on audiobook, but that will be the last book I ever purchase read by Carolyn McCormick.
"Kids loved itt!"
I downloaded this for my 11 year old daughter who had read the books and watched the first film. She loved it.
"My favorite book of the series."
I have listened to all three books in the series and this one is definitely my favorite. The characters from the first book are developed a lot more and the whole world starts to become more interesting. The new characters from the other districts and the second hunger games are also very well developed. This was a great listen and I would recommend the series to anyone.
"Great follow up to the Hunger Games"
Really good sequel to the 1st volume of the Hunger Games, delivering another twist and more excitement. Suzanne Collins writes with such emotion and a different prospective that makes for a refreshing alternative to conventional thrillers.
"Another great story in the trilogy!"
If you enjoyed the first book you'll love this one. I have read the books, seen the first film and now working my way through the audio books. I am addicted to this trilogy and I could read, listen or watch them over and over again.
I'd be amazed if you didn't love this audio book, the story is great and its narrated brilliantly. As I listen I have images in my head, seeing the first film really adds to the enjoyment as you can imagine even better. I highly recommend this audio book and the others in the trilogy. They are fantastic, definitely in my favorites list.
Having watched the first film I bought this book for a long journey. A little suspicious as it is written in the first person whi h I do not normally enjoy. However it is simply amazing; so engaging and full of drama. Really well written it conjures a very vivid picture and holds much more than the film ever could. I will be downloading the other books as soon as I can.
The final book bringing all the lead up in the book one and book two to a great final story with twists. The first two books built the foundation to the darker side in book three, which was needed to show the harsher world that Katniss Everdeen lives. I can't wait for the final movies to come out and hopefully they stay true to the books
I love the Hunger Games trilogy!!! Original storyline with a bit of everything. Romance, love, action, defiance!! I was hooked from the first page to the last! The audio book has renewed my love as I can listen and work at the same time :-)
I must confess I was late to discover them snd my initial thoughts were 'children killing children? For entertainment? Disgusting!' but the story, for me is so much more, you become completely invested in the characters and the relationships.
Give it a go, you won't be dissapointed!
"exciting and emotional"
It took a few chapters but then I was totally hooked. Can't wait to start on the last book.
I really enjoyed this book, it was exciting and thrilling and can't wait for the next book! Couldn't stop listening.
"The middle book"
This is the middle book but far from the middle child of Suzanne Collins trilogy. I enjoyed this the most as it was mostly about the characters. A good read and a respite from the gore of the first and last novels.
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