Book: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Trilogy Book 2) Review

“It’s almost a crime how easy these books are!”

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopia, Action, Age: YA+

Released: 1st December 2011 (UK version)

Once again, I have managed to read this book in just a couple of days.

You should know that this is the second book of The Hunger Games and this review may contain spoilers, although I do my very best to avoid details.

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You may remember from my previous review that the first Hunger Games book doesn’t end correctly, and instead is so inconclusive that you almost HAVE TO buy the second book. Well, I did, and the story really does continue on from the exact spot that the first book left off.

Katniss and Peeta are back in District 12, and now no longer pretending to be in love… unless they are in front a camera. This book mostly details them being followed around by camera crews from the Capitol and their secret non-relationship.

If you thought that the romance element was awkward in the first book, Catching Fire takes it to a whole new level. Peeta and Katniss are apparently barely friends and are forced to act couple-y. I’m not sure when Katniss lost her fire, but in this book she is very drab and Peeta disappears into the background. Gale, another love interest, is shockingly thick-headed and macho.

Meanwhile, there’s a rebellion building up in the districts, which you will NEVER see in this book because the characters are too busy sulking..

It’s a good thing that this book’s sub-title is ‘The Hunger Games Book 2’, because that’s exactly what it feels, like: a cheap rip-off version of the first book. It suffers from the same problems, the unnecessary detail of Katniss waxing or dressing up or putting on makeup, and empathises it to the point that most of the book is ridiculous and painful to read.

Then, it seems that Collins has run out of ideas and created yet ANOTHER Hunger Games for the protagonists to partake in. (Featuring more characters with stupid names!)

A second Hunger Games goes against the flow of the book, against what the reader was told before (that the winner of the Hunger Games lives happily ever after) and not enough time is left over from the stupid girly waxing details to showcase this tropical Hunger Games.

Overall, it feels like a washed up book, with recycled ideas that makes it irrelevant to the plot. Once again, there are a lot of character deaths, but I didn’t really feel myself able to sympathise with characters, some of which haven’t even got names..

I would only recommend reading this book if you are planning on reading the entire trilogy. It’s so fragmented and pointless that the only way the series can recover is if the third book has a solid, conclusive ending. Luckily (or unluckily) I already bought the third book.

Rated 0.5/5 – Read only if you want to bridge to the third book. Pointless pointless pointless! Useless characters, recycled plot and pretty much no redeeming qualities.

Read the review for the next book in the series!

Read the review for the previous book in the series!

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