Friday, March 04, 2011

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is book two in "The Hunger Games" trilogy - the first book is "The Hunger Games" (obviously)...which I finished and reviewed on Monday - I finished Catching Fire last night on my way home from class (Thursday) - so I worked my way through "Catching Fire" in about three days...

The Audible Publishers Summary:
Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

I suppose that is about as much that can be said about book two without giving away the plot from book one - only now you know that Katniss survived book one (giggle).

I found book two to be a bit more superficial - and a bit more contrived. The story is as engaging as book one, the characters are just as likable - even if they are ultimately predictable. There's a strong sense (for me anyway) that as either main character I'd make drastically different choices and while there are undercurrents of rebellion - the premise of an American society without freedom still feels implausible.

The narration of "Catching Fire" is every bit as good as "The Hunger Games" - Carolyn McCormick is a pleasant and capable narrator and a significant contributor to the quality of the story.

I've already downloaded Book Three: MockingJay....I suspect it'll go as quickly as book two.

Catching Fire was written by Suzanne Collins; narrated by Carolyn McCormick; published by Scholastic Audio. The Hunger Games (unabridged) has a running time of 11 hours 41 minutes and an Audible release date of September 1st, 2009.

1 comment:

Matthew Selwyn said...

I think you make a good point - there is definitely an element of the plot feeling contrived here in a way that it didn't in the original novel. I did enjoy some of the extra time outside the games though, and was surprised by how quickly they flew by.

My review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins