03 March 2011

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games, #2
Publication Date: September 1st 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

Author's Site, Buy hardback / UK paperback from Book Depository

Summary:
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.

Review:
Warning: I am so sorry, I have no idea how to write this without spoilers for this book.

OMG WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. I can't believe they really made Katniss and Peeta go back into the arena. And the new arena is so freaking dangerous! And you know what, I was neither Team Peeta or Team Gale before this, now I'm pretty sure I'm Team Peeta. And they do this to them after I joined his team! SIGH OMG whyyy! So. Very. Cruel. I think my heart is broken.

During those omg-wtf-please-dont-let-this-happen-omg-please scenes, I think my heart skipped a beat, or was beating faster than usual. Ah I hate those feelings. I was pretty sure Katniss wouldn't die when she thought she was dying, but I really did question and doubt that sigh. :(

Oh and Peeta's flaw, which is walking with a lot loud noises, really isn't a flaw, but Katniss made it seems like a ridiculous and awful flaw, I can't help but feel the same. What the heck, how did Katniss / Suzanne Collins do this to me?

I hope the stupid Capitol / President Snow won't torture Peeta. Please don't please don't, no need to have my heart broken again. And I seriously need more information about the plan and the new District 13. And I really hope Katniss and Peeta will meet up real soon and stay alive and live happily ever after. :D

Anyway, the arena part, it's too confusing for me. The clock thing and the area thing. Of course, I was quite impatient. The weird names did not help at all. Oh and the weapons, I'm not interested in weapons, so I only know a few of the weapons mentioned in the book, maybe just the bow and arrows, and knife. -__- Not a big deal but it will be better if I know, maybe I'll "befriend" them before I re-read or something. And I think I am now looking at the world and people in a different way too, not too different, but still different. Will this after-effect disappear or will it stay? Guess time will tell.

Half way through the book, when I was taking a break from the book (because my mum had dragged me out to do some banking stuffs), I can't help but to feel like maybe we are actually heading towards the world Katniss is living in. OK maybe not her world, but something similar-ish I guess. It's possible, and that is just so sad.

I would give this book a 5 stars, but it's so sad and depressing and so not going Peeta/Katniss's way, I have no choice but to deduct a star. I'm being extremely generous here, but as a Peeta/Katniss shipper, it doesn't deserve a star at all.*

*OK just in case you're serious, I was being dramatic. Lighten up! I love Suzanne Collins, unless she's killing Peeta or Katniss or Cinna in Mockingjay. Yes, Cinna is my favourite non-main-character.

Conclusion:
Me thinks, not good as The Hunger Games, but still super good.

Cover Design:
It's my least favourite among all 3 covers, but it's not bad, I still like it, and it's still way better than UK covers.

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