Monday, September 14, 2009

2009 book 193

Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire
I've been dying to read this book since picking up an advance copy of Hunger Games at ALA, and then it took the library way longer than I wanted to get it to me, and then I was home sick, but it was finally on hold, so of course I went and picked it up and sat down and read it in one sitting! I was a little worried my hopes were up too high, since EW gave it a C, but they have no idea what they're talking about (and on rereading that review, I spot a couple of inaccuracies, indicating the reviewer didn't read the book carefully at all. And for that matter, didn't read the first one carefully at all, if she was expecting something like Twilight). Anyway, it was just as good as the first one, but even more intense, b/c Katniss is not only fighting for her life, she's unwittingly fomented a rebellion and the President is out for blood. Not to mention she's still caught in a love triangle. And there are even more likable characters to root for, and I teared up more than once. Awesome. Now I have to wait how long for the third one? A.


Christina said...

The love triangle is starting to drive me insane - I can't wait for the next one either! I didn't think this one was as good as The Hunger Games, but I think that's just because it was obviously "the middle book."

wordnerdy said...

Right--definitely lots of setting up for exciting political intrigue in book 3!

I actually read some comment on a blog from someone who works in YA publishing arguing that the 2nd one is far superior (she was annoyed at how clueless Katniss was about Peeta's genuine feelings in book one, but I understood Katniss' suspicions that he was just playing an angle) but I forget what her points were. I did really like it though--the end totally blew my mind.