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"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)
No. I would read it again. Just a personal preference, I didn't care for the narrator.
Any readers who enjoyed the first Hunger Games books or any of the Twilight books will enjoy this book. It is a well written story with a combination of action, love, and interesting political statements.
I didn't care of the narrator's interpretation of the story. Her voice was monotone at parts where I wanted to hear emotion and got high pitched when it was full of emotion. Its just a personal preference of mine.
No. Once I got into the second section, It did move faster and I listened in longer segments.
While the first book was a good story, I feel that the author did a lot more to develop the characters in this book. Great middle book, it answers some questions, but leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read the last one.
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
This book was a very entertaining read. It continues the Hunger Games story with just as much action as the first book, but more character development. I really found this story to be compelling because of how flawed the main character is.
Just Fabulous!!!! I devour books, and cant ever say I have a favorite, because there are so many I love. THIS IS ONE OF, IF NOT MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME!!!! It just gets better and better every time!!!!!!!!!!!
The fact that the Hunger Games did not END
That strategy became the goal for the rebels.... it really is the capturing of the dilemma of activism.
Yes, Hunger Games.... this one was just as good
What a great story! I found myself unable to stop listening. Superbly written and read.
You thought the game couldn't get nastier from the first book? You'd be wrong. This time the game field is set-up to wreak havoc.
Carlolyn breaths life into the words.
I cried several times. This is a great story.
I read the book in 1 day and I am also listening to the Hunger Games during that time. I am a speed reader and like to listen at my leasure.
How that all the Victors had to go back to the hunger games and they half of them were allies of Katnis.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
Catching Fire is a stunning sequel to the first book The Hunger Games. So, first and foremost if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, you will find yourself lost by this book. My advice would be that you start to read the first book because in this book Suzanne Collins picks up exactly where the first book ended.The author made this book as good a first. The storyline is quite an amazing ride; the characters are even more engaging than they were in the first book. As a reader I wondered how Katniss will tangle up in the games since she won them all.Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games against The Capitol wishes and all odds, they were planning to go back in District 12 and enjoy their victory, but it soon turns out that it won’t the case. Indeed, is not exactly what President Snow had in mind since Katniss defies the Capitol in the arena, she has to pay for what she has done. Therefore the victory bears a bitter taste for both candidates. katniss soon realize the full extent of her defiance.So the book starts with Katniss as the face of the rebellion. Rebellion start to grow, the President Snow sets up his revenge to punish Katniss. I was shocked to see what they have to endure, it was cruel. It makes you want to grab up a weapon and join the rebellion.One thing bothered though, I have a little problem with Katniss, she is a bit slow to figure out things that were obvious to the readers. Also, as in the first book, things were pretty much predictable.But, above all, Catching Fire is splendid stuff and a riveting read.
As others have said, I don't think the narrator was the best choice for this series of books. Beyond that, Catching Fire is a worthy sequel to The Hunger Games. It's biggest strength is in Collins' description of the world that the characters occupy. Great details and imagination.
However, for this story to really pay off, our hero Katniss needs to get with it. For all of her intelligence and skills, she can't seem to see the forest for the trees. More often than not, she acts more like I would expect a real 16-year-old girl to act instead of the hero that she needs to be. Some might say "well, that makes her easy to relate to." I couldn't disagree more. Peter Parker is still able to act heroically as Spiderman in spite of his teenage years, and we still relate to him. As in the first book, I kept wishing Katniss would step it up, stop feeling sorry for herself, and see what the heck is going on around her a little more clearly.
The ending gives a pretty good cliff-hanger. If it weren't for that, I think I might not get to the third book, due to my frustration with the protagonist. But I'll read on in hopes that she shapes up.
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