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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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- Publisher : Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 391 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0439023491
- ISBN-13 : 978-0439023498
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Lexile measure : 820L
- Grade level : 7 and up
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a review for the book I will say it was great! I really enjoyed the plot and the new characters that we were able to witness. Also, the fact you get to see old tributes come back to the arena was an added bonus. I wish we were able to see them more in the arena battling, but I understand it's only so much you can write from that aspect. As for the characters I did like Katniss she was a fierce person that looked out for those she loved. I just didn't like the emotional flip flop she kept doing between Gale and Peeta. It was unfair to them, but as a teenager she didn't expect such to happen so I kind of sympathize with her. As for Peeta loved him and I wish people would be more like him: loving, kind, and empathic. I liked other other such a Gale, Finnick, Johanna, and more. Out of all the characters Haymitch is my favorite eventhough drunk and dealing with his own mental restraits he did look out for Katniss and Peeta. The fact that he was able to gather all of those tributes to support and become an ally with Katniss was genius. This book was great and I wouldn't change much with the great dialogue present as well.
Can't wait to start the next one 😊!
Before I read this book, I read many bad reviews saying that it was the worst book in the trilogy, and that no one would like it. I disagree with many of these insults, but, however I do have one complaint. Why why why, did she HAVE to invent the Quarter Quell? WHY? It ruins the whole story(and yes, I know I wrote that it was incredible amazing eta, but Y'no what I mean.) there is only 1 Hunger Games. She tried to make another Hunger Games, changed a few rules and called it something else. Not good, it makes it more commercial and totally makes the ACTUAL Games seem petty. The Games where the whole point. The first book revolved around the Hunger Games, and the second was supposed to revolve around Katniss being in trouble with the Capitol, not a stupid spin off of the Games. I just think that it would be a LOT better if the Capitol forces all the earlier victors to compete as a new idea, not something that has been around for a while. The Quarter Quell is a ridiculous idea.
That all said and done, the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy was still mind-blowing, and is worth all the $7 buck it was. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go rush off to buy the third and final in the trilogy. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope it helped gather perspective. Goodbye
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The first half of the book dragged. It was just endless variations of whether Katniss liked Peeta or Gale more. I mean there was almost nothing else going on. Yeah there were the background rebellion stuff but not too much. It only got interesting again once they were back in the arena. The Capitol showed their ruthlessness a bit more but since they already send kids to their deaths it wasn't like you had much sympathy for them anyway. The arena was good but honestly that was basically the plot of the first book. I did like Finnick though. I also liked how Katniss basically had no thoughts of rebellion in her head, it was kind of forced on her and if the Capitol had let her be it probably would have been fine. Anyway I'll read the next one but not looking forward to it so much.
Review by Ella, 11 years old
I had heard a few things about the story but it had totally misled me as to the subject matter. It is thought provoking and thrilling and I did not know how it would end. I would absolutely recommend that you give these books a try as they are outside of my 'usual' and I really enjoyed them.
I am a mum in my 40's and I felt the issues and 'what if's' raised were interesting, they kept my attention as I read all 3 books in about 4 days. Yes they are based in the future, so the author can use some artistic licence about what is possible and what is not - which I think is why these books are aimed at a younger market really. But if you just believe that all is possible and what would happen if we really lived in those times - wow! And the relationships between the characters, the hope, the determination and the fears and real emotions - the author has captured all brilliantly.
Don't write it off if you don't think it's your thing - I nearly did - but I am really pleased I read these books, and recommend you try it.