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Picking up a few months after the end of The Hunger Games , Catching Fire maintains the same rip-roaring pace established in the first book. In fact, it doesn’t take long to bring the action to a whole new level.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is one of those rare books–a second that is actually better than the first. In my humble opinion anyway. I read all 391 pages in two sittings, really in one day. I picked it up, got sucked into Katniss’s world, and never looked away. We got to see a little more of Gale in this story, but we got to see even more about Katniss and Peeta and how they’re dealing with being victors of The Hunger Games. There is trouble brewing in Panem and Katniss is an unwilling face to the people’s discontent. She’s trying to deal with that, she’s trying to deal with the Capitol’s anger, and she’s a 17-year-old girl who’s trying to deal with her feelings for the two guys in her life. The whole thing is believable and Katniss is believable. And Peeta. He seemed a little too good to be true in the last book. He still does a little bit, but he shows a different side of himself here. He gets to say the one line that had me laughing out loud. Luckily, my husband was the only person around and he’s learned to ignore me and my quirks. I don’t know if I was supposed to laugh, but man! I have to admire the guy. He certainly knows how to work a crowd.
There is a tiny, rational part of me that’s a little disappointed in the direction the story took. But the reader who just wants to be entertained has informed the rational part that it just needs to shut up. It all worked, I loved it, and that’s without mentioning the ending. Oh, the ending. No spoilers here, but oh man. I can’t believe I actually have to wait for another book to be written. I never read series books back to back, but let me tell you, if I’d had the third book lying around, I would have started it and finished it today. Yes, I promise it really is that good. Go ahead and pick these up. This did not sound like a series I would like, and yet here I am gushing to the best of my ability. I’ll say it again–I loved this.
Read my reviews of the earlier books in the series,
I’ve also reviewed Mockingjay, the last in the series.
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