Monday, 29 June 2009

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

From Amazon: 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.

I didn't think Catching Fire would be better than The Hunger Games, and it isn't; though it's certainly just as good. Katniss and Peeta find themselves faced with a rebellion of sorts and, along with a very angry Capitol, they find that their troubles are just beginning.

Catching Fire is a fantastic sequel, and picks up close to where The Hunger Games left off. It's a whirlwind read of shocks, revelations, twists and turns, and is a strong contender for the best book of 2009. Some brilliant new characters are introduced, old ones return, and it finishes with a cliffhanger unlike any I've experienced before. It's guaranteed to leave you shouting "MORE!", and possibly wishing you had a time machine that could transport you to summer 2010 straight away.

This series of books has to be one of the most compelling I've ever read, and it is honestly impossible to put them down. If you haven't yet read The Hunger Games, I suggest you go out and buy a copy, clear a day, and read it. You won't look back! I've ran out of positive things to say about this book, so I'll just leave you with three words: amazing, genius and riveting. HIGHLY recommended!

17 comments:

Chicklish said...

Wow, fantastic review! It's great to hear how much you enjoyed it.

Jo said...

Awesome review, Jenny! I so can't wait to read this book! :D

Adele said...

Um...I hate you...seriously.

Adele said...

No, I don't really but I am extremely wracked with jealousy which is making me a thoroughly hateful wench.

Great review, can't wait to read it myself :P

barbrafl said...

Oooohhh, different cover here than in the States. I wish I had a copy of that to read. I would do just about anything :D

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I cannot wait to read this. I'm so excited to find out what happens to Katniss and Peeta!

PolishOutlander said...

Great review! I just read it as well and loved it and was upset that I have to wait a whole year for the third one. Glad to know you liked it as well! Cheers!

Carrie said...

Yes!! This book was fantastic!! Great review and I do wish I had a time machine.

Kate said...

Fantastic review! I can't wait to read this :D

Thao said...

Jenny drives me crazy with her last lines *grins* It's so cool the sequel is as great as the first book. I wonder if they'll turn this into a movie too.

Kristen said...

I can't wait to read this book. I'm glad it was still great, just not as great as the first - which I can see. There is nothing like discovering a new world for the first time. :)

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

I'm trying not to hate you for having read it. I suppose I will settle on a review...for now :)

21 said...

Ooh, I can't wait to read this! You're so lucky!
OMG! Becca Fitzpatrick! =^O I can't wait for her book either!

kami said...

So true about "clearing a day". This book is gripping and impossible to read in more than one sitting.

CaseyLovesTwilight said...

Agggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
It's already published! Aww dam Australia doesn't get it until October! OCTOBER!!!
Ugh, I so want to read that book.

CaseyLovesTwilight said...

Guess what? I have read Catching Fire!! Gah, so good. Ignore my previous comment. :)

danna said...

Collins offers readers intriguing insights into the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and the spreading rebellion. The story is equally rich in provocative political and social commentary, and exploring epic themes of morality, obedience, oppression, rebellion, redemption, sacrifice and, of course, survival. More of the story takes place outside the arena than within, but there is plenty of action-packed combat.