As I mentioned last week I read The Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve already reviewed the first book and this week it’s all about the second book in the series called Catching Fire. There will be spoilers in this post. You have been warned, read with caution.
Ok, Suzanne Collins, I love you and I love this series, but you are seriously wrecking my emotions. Back in the arena!??!! Ahhh! How could that happen??? Kissing Gale? President Snow smells like rotting roses? I. Was. Dying. I mean, I loved it, but my heart was racing. Poor Katniss, she can’t take a breath without something absolutely appalling happening to her. But she takes it all in stride and handles it in a majorly badass way. I know I talked about this last week, but I’m so in love with reading books that have strong central female characters and when it comes to that, Katniss is in a league of her own. It’s like Peeta keeps telling her, she doesn’t know the effect her courage and compassion have on people. Also, Katniss totally loves Peeta!!!! I mean, I felt fairly confident about that after the first book but their experiences the second go round in the arean solidify that. And I am team Peeta without a doubt.
One of the best parts of this entire book is the introduction of one of my favorite characters in this entire series, Finnick. I loved his character from the start even though he comes across as a bit of a playboy. I just knew there was a lot more to him and there certainly was. He was definitely one of the most interestingly written characters in this series, although you don’t find out his entire story until the third book. In the arena with Katniss and Peeta he was absolutely amazing and I maybe fell in love with him a bit.
Katniss and Peeta’s second hunger games are even more intense and frightening than their first. Its gory and disturbing and brilliantly created and written. Some seriously messed up shiz take place in there. It’s only trumped by the seriously messed up shiz taking place politically outside the arena. Collins writes a good rebellion and it’s super compelling. Again, I had to read this book in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. Is there a better word for compelling? Because I feel like I’m saying compelling a lot.
Anyway, I feel like this was a great sequel to The Hunger Games and when taken as a series was exactly what the second book in a trilogy should be. Catching Fire, like the book before it was a must read. I can’t wait to see who they cast in some of the new character roles in the Catching Fire movie, because, let’s be honest, The Hunger Games movie is going to be amazeballs and they will definitely make all three books into movies. And I love it.
What are you guys reading???