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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)
I wasn't sure that The Hunger Games needed a sequel, boy was I surprised. I didn't expect the direction this book took. Now, I learned there is to be a third book. I can hardly wait.
Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The book picks up after the events of The Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta have returned home after winning the Hunger Games and are attempting to adjust to life back in their District. But everything is far from good in Panem. There are rumors of a rebellion against the Capitol and Katniss has become the unwilling face of the rebellion which makes her and Peeta and everyone they love enemies of the Capitol.
I loved The Hunger Games and had very high hopes for Catching Fire - and Suzanne Collins did not disappoint. It was odd. I bought this book off Audible as soon as it came out but I kept it letting it sit on my iPod and never got around to listening to it. I had no problems postponing it while I listened to other books. But, once I started listening to it, I found it impossible to turn off. (Carolyn McCormick does an excellent job narrating this series by the way.) There were plenty of things that I saw coming in the story but that didn't detract from it all. I highly recommend this series to everybody. I eagerly anticipate the release of the third book in August 2010; however, the release will be bittersweet. Once I read the third book, I'll have reached the end of the series. Like Harry, Ron and Hermoine, I'll only be able to visit Katniss and Peeta in rereads (or fan fiction!)
Also, if you would like to explore more of Suzanne Collins' work, I advise you to give The Underland Chronicles a try. They're fantasy books also but have a very different tone than The Hunger Games. There's a lot of humor in them and they're good reads. The Underland Chronicles are also more suitable for younger audiences than The Hunger Games
This was an amazing novel. I loved the first installment in the Hunger Games Trilogy. I huger games was an interesting book with a cliff hanger at the end. I will say i was not the only fan to the book store the minute its sequel was released. I was pleasantly surprised with the Novel and found it was totally unexpected. Even after hearing the plot-line from a friend who had acquired a ARC copy of the novel i was still greatly surprised with many of the things in the novel. I overall believe this was a sequel that does not disappoint but will surprise beyond belief.
I enjoyed this book almost as much as I enjoyed the first. One thing to note; this isn't the kind of series where you can skip the first book and have the second book make much sense; the drama in Catching Fire relies heavily on some of the character relationships introduced in the first book, The Hunger Games.
Both books are essentially young adult fiction; the protagonist is a 16 year old girl, but the world she lives in is brutal and jarring.
Overall, an engaging listen with a great narrator.
If you loved "Hunger Games" than you will love this! "Catching Fire" was an amazing sequel to the "Hunger Games". I didn't think I would like this one as much because I totally loved the first one. I was very surprised at how much I loved this book! It really makes you want to read Book 3!! It has alot of the same elements as the first book and leaves alot open for Book 3!! I work at a library and not only to the kids love this series, but the adults do too!
If it leaves you wanting more, it can't be all that bad, can it? I can hardly wait for the next book! Love the characters!
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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
"Predictable - but still very entertaining"
As equally enjoyable as the first
Story – 3.5/5
Once again I found this story very entertaining, and I couldn’t switch it off. The only reason for not giving a very high score is down to a few issues that didn’t detract from my own enjoyment, but may do for others.
Catching Fire has followed on very nicely from the first book. It flows smoothly from the end of the first novel and the plot is equally, if not even more, intriguing than the first book.
I found the story to be incredibly predictable throughout. I am not sure if the small hints to how the book was going to end were supposed to be as obvious as I found them, but the ending didn’t have quite the impact that it could have had for me.
Once again, it is the little details that make this trilogy enjoyable. The known characters are developed further quite nicely with a few more intriguing characters entering into the mix. Whenever little snippets of history were told about these characters history, I was always left wanting more.
As with the first book, I didn’t find the love elements of the story very convincing, and there is more of it in this book if it bugged you in the first. I personally still didn’t find it putting me off.
Performance – 4/5
Carolyn McCormick is an excellent voice actor and narrator. If you enjoyed her in the first, you will enjoy her in this. All characters had distinctly recognisable voices, and she was able to portray the emotions of them very well throughout.
There were still the same issues of younger characters seeming too whiney at times by over elongating and over emphasising some words, but again, this may be a fault of the writing, and not the narrator.
Overall – 3.5/5
"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.
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