Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
When Suzanne Collins set out to write a sequel to the New York Times Bestseller The Hunger Games, she had a seemingly impossible task on her hands. Because, in my opinion, there was no topping The Hunger Games. But oh how Ms. Collins proved me wrong. So. Very. Wrong!
Catching Fire takes place six months after the Hunger Games, when Katniss and Peeta have returned home to District 12. I don't want to spoil this great read by giving you too much information. But, I will tell you that although Katniss and Peeta have survived the Hunger Games, their defiance against the harsh rules will not go un-noticed by the Capitol. Even though it seems impossible for the pair to be in greater danger than when they were in the Hunger Games themselves, Katniss and Peeta soon find that life outside the arena might be as bad, if not worse.
The pages of Catching Fire are fueled by the promise of uprising in the districts, rebellion against the Capitol, and kissing. Lots and lots of kissing. I'll admit it, even though it's kind of embarrassing, but I read just about every book just for the kissing. Fortunately for me, Ms. Collins doesn't let me down in Catching Fire. In fact, she succeeded in adding more kissing in Catching Fire than in its predecessor, by way of possibly the sweetest love triangle I've read, yet. And because both Gale and Peeta are perfect, in their own way, for Katniss, it's almost impossible to choose which team I want to side with.
Currently, I'm siding with Team Peeta (it may change, but I doubt it. He's so dreamy!).
So, if you haven't read The Hunger Games, well first, shame on you. Go get it now! And, once you finish you must immediately start reading Catching Fire. I promise you won't be disappointed.
The third book in The Hunger Games trilogy will be released on August 24, 2010. So, until that time comes, I'll be off in Peeta land, dreaming of the perfect, happy ending I hope for (*hint, hint* Suzanne, you have to make Katniss choose Peeta, and give them their happy ending. If you don't, well I'll still love the book, but after I finish, I might die of heartbreak! I'll die, I tell you. Now, you don't want that, do you? So, pretty please with cherries and chocolate on top will you let Katniss and Peeta live together happily ever after? PPPLLLEEEAAASSSSEEE! ) but is not promised to me in any way, shape, or form. A girl can dream though, can't she?
I hope you all enjoy! And be sure to pick up your copy of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire TODAY!!!