Saturday, April 17, 2010

Catching fire - Suzanne Collins

Genre : Dystopia, Young Adults

Series : The Hunger Games : The Hunger Games, Catching Fire

American publisher : Scholastic Press : 17,99$

English publisher : Scholastic : 6,99£

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And The Capitol wants revenge.

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 her 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 disctricts 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.

What I think

I had high hopes for this second book, because even though I liked it a lot, The Hunger Games had disappointed me because of its lack of originality.

With Catching Fire, I went through different phases. I was enthusiast in the begining. A lot! I loved this side of the story, the rebellion, that was what I was waiting for. For people to stand up against The Capitol. But when I was begining to love it, and I told a friend that it was really good to not relive Battle Royale again, BAM, she did it again.

I sensed from the begining, but I hoped it will be otherwise. From the start I thought about Kawada in BR who was in the game for the second time. And I was right. bad luck, we teke the same and we do it again!

Yes, for the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, it's the quarter Quell. They decided to take all the winners in history and put them back in the arena.

At this moment, I was extremely disappointed. Then I began to hope again with this interview of the candidates, Katniss wears a dress made by Cinna, a fabulous dress that takes fire and becomes the costume of a Mockingjay, Katniss's symbol, also symbol of the rebellion. This scene is absolutely wonderful, and I told myself that Suzanne Collins will surprise me in the end.

Again, I was mistaken. Everyone enters the arena, makes surprising alliances, alliances that make the reader wonder as much as Katniss to the end, this end which is a cliffhanger, not really reassuring.

Suzanne Collins gave us the same recipe aas for The Hunger Games, with a few new ingredients to make us wait for the last of the trilogy. My hopes are very high for this third book...


Now we're waiting to see how Katniss reacts in this atmosphere of rebellion, et what will become of Peeta who's now in the hands of the Capitol.

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