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5 Stars: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Audiobook

Wow, I know I’m late on reading the Hunger Games trilogy, but rest assured that I am now fully amazed by Suzanne Collins and her made skills with Catching Fire :D. I was able to snag Catching Fire from the library’s (very scant) YA audiobook section, and I’m actually amazed that I spotted it because the case didn’t even have the cover art on it! I might need to go make a suggestion to my librarian about marketing such a great trilogy…. In any case, much of this has already been said, but the main thing I want to emphasize is that the love triangle element is not that bad! As a person who doesn’t like love triangles, I had delayed finishing the trilogy after reading Hunger Games. However, I am now convinced that everyone should finish the trilogy, don’t be afraid of the romance ;-).

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Title:
Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Length: 11 hrs 37 mins
Genre-ish: YA Dystopia
Rating★★★amazing sequel, the action just keeps going!

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. — Goodreads

Strengths:

  •  Catching Fire has fast-paced action right from the start! Really, we wouldn’t expect any less ;-).
  • As I said above, while there are two love interests, it hardly counts when Katniss is forced to have a relationship with one of them by the corrupt government….
  • All of the characters in Catching Fire just get better. We start learning the depth of President Snow’s villainy, we finally get to know Gale better, and we meet new faces! We don’t know if we can really trust said new faces, but they are funny :D. I’m looking at you Finnick >.> <.<.
  • I loooooved the narrator, Carolyn McCormick! Even the minor characters had voice changes of their own (all from one narrator’s vocal cords!) and she gave wonderful dimension to already wonderful characters :).
  • While the first third of Catching Fire seems like it will be similar to Hunger Games, it’s not, don’t worry! And I can’t say more without spoilers ;-).

Weaknesses:

  • While Katniss keeps thinking she was faking most of her affection for Peeta, there is enough doubt and angst that I still had to roll my eyes at times. Make up your mind, girl!
  • Warning: there is gore! This is after all still Panem…. If you aren’t up for tragic moments and icky moments, this trilogy probably isn’t for you.

Summary:

Love love love Catching Fire, as most others did as well :D. My biggest regret is waiting so long to finally continue the trilogy, but I made it before the movie ;-). I in fact love Catching Fire more than Hunger Games, I think, because we get to see so much more of Panem and Katniss really starts coming into her own. This of course all sets you up for needing to get Mockingjay (the third book) immediately! If you have been thinking of finding out what all the hype was about, go for it. If you were like me and decided to stop after the first book for fear of angsty romance, have no fear. There is some angst, but the delicious dystopian action is totally worth it! Also check out the audiobooks if you have a chance, they are rocking!

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Comments

  1. So glad you liked it! I remember when I read them, most of the people I worked wtih liked the first one, but not the 2nd or 3rd. So when I read it, my expectations were very low. When I got to the part where she went to Rue’s district and all the drama that happened there, my jaw was on the ground. I liked it tons more than the first, so I’m so glad you connected with it. :D

    • Completely agree about the start of everything in Rue’s district, though I think I was more shocked and excited when President Snow came to visit her house, since then we were really getting the first glimpse of all the craziness that would happen :D

  2. Okay, I have to say something. I agree that there isn’t much of a love triangle, but that isn’t because of her being “forced” into liking Peeta. It’s because Gale is her best friend, and thats all he is. Katniss confused devotion for love a lot, and that’s what she does with Gale. Yes, the “relationship” with Peeta is forced…but it’s very clear that there are feelings there all along. She loves him more than she loves herself and she can’t imagine her life without him..that is made clear a lot Catching Fire! Beach Scene? What about when Peeta says no one will be…what was, hurt? irrevocably damaged? (something like that)if he didn’t come back and Katniss realizes that she would be hurt. She loves him, she just can’t admit it. She’s also terrified of hurting Gale, the only person who’s always been there for her…seriously it’s much big brotherish than lover.

    Great to see you read this!! I did enjoy your review :P…i’m just passionate…

    • Hmm, good points, I hadn’t thought about it that way. I have to say that even in Catching Fire, I still wasn’t convinced if Katniss’ feelings for Peeta were real or just an artifact of her faking it. Now that I’ve read Mockingjay, I completely see where you are coming from, but I think in Catching Fire I was still clinging to hope that Gale was where her feelings really were (I guess I’m Team Gale, haha). It’s just hard to figure out what is going on since it’s from Katniss’ perspective, so all of her thoughts of not really having feelings for Peeta muddled things up for me ;-). Thanks for pointing out this side of things!

      • Hhaha, I am majorly team Peeta(I like Gale a lot..he’s just not Peeta!) so I guess I just always found the proof that she loved him…like when she sobs when he hits the force field….<3…

        How do you feel about Katniss?

        • I really wanted Katniss to be stronger in Catching Fire to be honest. I suppose it’s understandable that she just wants to save her family, but after the first Hunger Games, I had thought she had grown stronger ya know? It was a relief when she finally was snapped out of it and became much more determined to fight the Capital later in the book ;-)

          • I struggled with Katniss a lot in the last two books. Yeah, she goes through a ton…but so does everyone else! *Spoiler for those who haven’t read Mockingjay* Yes, she loses her sister…Peeta loses his entire family. Gale was in a non-stop mode of taking care of practically the whole world, Peeta is being murdered….and Katniss is having breakdowns…She needed to be stronger! But, how angry I got at her humanized her more for me…so, either way it works!

          • So sorry for the delayed response. You make a freaking excellent point! Peeta goes through way more and seems to be dealing just fine (other than what the capital did, obviously). Not to mention at the very end *spoilers for Mockingjay!* Gale has to deal with what happened to Prim, and he is still stronger than Katniss about it. I guess I would like if the female characters are as emotionally strong as the male characters for once ya know? Though perhaps it’s more that we should have seen the male characters break down at least a little ;-)

          • Definitely! Katniss was so tough in the first, it was awesome…I was sad that the series lost that! Though, you have a good point about maybe the guys just needed to be a little more emotional! Peeta was, but more in a love-struck puppy type of way..My favorite part with him is how protective and selfless he is in Catching fire! Gale on the other hand, would have benefited from a break-down or two!

          • Haha, exactly, though I can see people crushing on both the boys less if they weren’t all “manly stoic” ya know? ;-)

  3. Yay, I was looking forward to reading your review of Catching Fire :) So happy you enjoyed this one so much as well. I would have hated for you to be let down after waiting so long to read it!! I love how you mentioned how INTENSE this one is, how better the characters got AND how unique it becomes after the initial kind of repetitive set-up. I can’t wait to see how you’ll like Mockingjay (if you haven’t finished it already) Great review girl!

    • Yey, I’m glad you liked the review :D Intense is definitely a good word for these books, just how a dystopia should be :D

  4. I think Book 1 was my fave in this series with Book 3 being a close runner up. Book 2 was interesting and definitely held my attention – so no complaints other than I think Katniss gets a little dramatic at times in Books 2 and 3 – which I didn’t notice so much in Book 1. Still, all around, a very fun series.

    • Haha, Katniss dramatic? Nooo ;-) I didn’t really like that they brought them back into another Hunger Games to be honest, since it seemed to get a little too close to the first plot line. I ended up liking Mockingjay way better since we finally got to learn more about the rest of the world!

  5. Alexandra says:

    A lot of my friends said that Catching Fire was okay. I don’t know why because I loved this book almost as much as I loved the first one. I love when they are in the arena. :D Mockingjay is good too, but not as good as the first two.

    • I appreciated that Catching Fire and Mockingjay both went in directions I didn’t expect, I always like being surprised! So excited for the movie :D

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