Saturday, August 10, 2013

Teen Review: The second book

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't read the first book, don't read this review!

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Number of Pages: 391
Science Fiction / Dystopic
Series Affiliation: The Hunger Games Trilogy (have read; recommend the others)
Reading Level:
Middle School and up
Rating: 5
Reviewed by:
Xavier C., 11th grade

Cover: The cover is great; it feels like a blazing inferno is being let loose.

Catching Fire is the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss's life with Peeta should be worry-free, easy, and simple. But, since she has President Snow out to get her, her life becomes more difficult than ever imaginable. She must do everything exactly the way she is told; otherwise she, her family, Peeta, and Gale may suffer fates far worse than death. But everything Katniss does seems only to encourage the rebellion of the other 11 districts. When the Third Quarter Quell comes and it is announced that Katniss and Peeta must once again enter the treacherous deathtrap of the Hunger Games, Katniss this time has only one goal in mind: Keep. Peeta. Alive.

I really enjoyed Catching Fire. I enjoyed the writing style, it gives the reader a view into Katniss's mind, and how she deals with the unbearable stress and terror she seems to never be able to escape. Read Catching Fire if you enjoy reading about dystopian or utopian futures, or if you like reading about people going through intense conflicts and how they deal with them. Katniss is a very relatable character to teens who think their lives are terrible, or to anyone who cares strongly for their family and friends. I recommend reading The Hunger Games and Mockingjay as well. (Read them in order!)

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