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  • Read Catching Fire pdfTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/19fIrk6OverviewKatniss is the spark to a revolution, and the Capitol wants revenge. She won theHunger Games and returns alive with District 12 Tribute partner Peeta. But heand longtime friend Gale both reject her. On their Victory Tour of all the districts,locals riot but the winning duo must appear lost in their love.ReviewsThis is most possibly the WORST (or best depending what you go on) cliffhangerI have encountered in all my reading days. It leaves you more than just
  • hanging, you are grasping for your life on a thread that is fraying and there isnothing to do but hold on (well metaphorically of course).One word that can sum up this book is intense . Everything is just felt more. Thecompassion, threats, action, betrayal, gestures, words all of it. This has to bethe reason why it is so addictive. As expected from this series we are in for aride. Some things are hinted out, but the full affect of what is going on isnttotally revealed till the very end. Though I felt frustrated at times this is a grandslam of a sequel.You know its hard to hate Katniss for being the object of the whole love triangle.I usually get annoyed to no end and cant help wonder what people see in theperson, but Katniss is different. Though you dont think that Katniss isparticularly more special than others, but that is part of what you admire abouther. Plus she is critical of herself so you dont necessarily get a good feel of whatpeople think about her other than what is said with dialogue. I totally love thisbecause frankly that is what its like in real life. Its others that can show youwho you really are when you arent able to do it yourself. Peeta and Gale areboth incredible guys and what makes them so great is that they both are goodfriends , something that is lacking in other books at times. Dont get me wrongthere is a lot more to the series than the love triangle. Suzanne Collins gives usa lot to mull over till her much anticipated final climatic book Mockingjay.BTW Excellent Excellent covers!!!Quick overview: Catching Fire starts up not far from where The Hunger Gamesended. Katniss is living in the Victors Village with her family. Youd think thatshed finally be able to relax and live the cushy life. Well that wouldnt make agood book. There are rumors of rebellion and since Katniss and Peeta won theHunger Games in defiance they have become the faces of that rebellion. TheCapitol, particularly President Snow, is not happy with them. Now Katniss has toworry about looking as in love with Peeta as possible to quiet down the rebellion,but is that what she really wants?It’s really hard to summarize a book when you’re afraid that everything you saywill give away the twist. If you have not read the book DON’T read a wholebunch of reviews or comments! You’ll figure stuff out! Figuring out what’s goingon and the twists is part of what makes this so good. You think you’ve goteverything and everyone pegged only to find out that you only got half (if any)of it right.
  • I wasn’t sure what the second book was going to be about but now looking backI think “Of course! How else would it have worked?” The book starts off a littleslow, but it’s important for what Collins is trying to set up. I love Katniss and Ihate her. She frustrates me beyond belief, but you have to love her. I love howyou see and know everything from Katnisss point of view. You’re just asconfused and unsure as she is. It never feels like she’s not a real person. Youfeel just as scared for her family. You feel her confusion and doubt. You justreally feel. I could probably name off a bunch of things that bothered me aboutthe book (I think I mentioned how I HAAAATE love triangles with a burningpassion) but you really care about the characters. You cant even hate Katnisssteam of stylists, who are selfish Capitol dwellers. The book deals with so muchmore than who she’s going to end up with.At first I really didn’t want to read it because I know how I am with these books.I get totally immersed, constantly trying to figure it all out. I can’t believe thetwists in this book! The ending is just so…epic! How everything just falls intoplace and makes sense. You see the characters in a whole new light. And thenyou’re left with the whole butt-naked-spider-thread thing. I’m pretty sure it’s notgood for my health, but they say the same thing about oreos and fried chicken.So what do you read after a book like this? Well, you could look for a book that’sjust as addictive and gripping as this (Yeah, good luck with that), or read a bookabout kittens chasing after butterflies in a open meadow. Then you’ll probablystart thinking that there is a secret underground society of kitties just waiting forthe right moment to emerge, and you find out that the butterflies are theirspies! You see, this is the type of thinking you have after reading the book. It’sbeyond epic. Until the third book finally comes out I’ll be hanging butt naked bya spider thin thread.Oh, man, where to begin? The cliffhanger at the end of this book was totallybrutal.I know that some people think using a cliffhanger is “cheating,” or lazy writing,or just some kind of marketing ploy. Some people may think that the payoff isnever worth all of the angst/tension a cliffhanger might cause, or that acliffhanger is somehow tantamount to a betrayal of trust by the author just tokeep readers hooked. Overall, I don’t mind them. In a scenario like this, where Iknow that these books are intended as part of a collective trilogy, I expect thateverything won’t be resolved and tied up with a pretty pink bow until the seriesfinale. For me, in this situation, I think it adds to the suspense and theanticipation of the upcoming book.
  • Do I think cliffhangers work as well in a longer series, particularly a series thatisn’t necessarily a continuation of sequential events, or a series in which thetime gap between book releases is more than a year? Not really. We are asociety accustomed to instant gratification. I consider myself to be a fairlypatient person, but if I have to wait too long for something, there are timeswhen even I will lose interest and move onto something else. Because of this I’mglad that I just read “Catching Fire” this month so that my wait for the final bookis only a few weeks.Going back to my feelings about this book, it’s a close call, but I think I did like“The Hunger Games” better. Still, this is best children/YA series I’ve read sinceHarry Potter and it has become one of my favorite book series in general.I think Suzanne Collins has such a captivating writing style. It literally sucks mein to the point where, especially in the first book, it felt like I was experiencingKatniss’s emotions right along with her. I haven’t had a reaction like that to verymany books and I think it’s a sign of Collinss talent as an author. I’m eagerlyawaiting “Mockingjay.” I want to see how everything gets resolved. As far as thelove triangle goes, my feet are firmly planted in the Peeta camp and I hopeKatniss chooses him. No offense to the Gale lovers out there, because it’s notthat I dislike him or anything, but we’ve just gotten to see so much more ofPeeta and gotten to know him to the point where I feel for him so much and Iwant him to be happy in the end. Many a tear will be shed if something happensto him in the final book. I might go as far as to say that a good portion of myenjoyment of the series overall will hinge on his fate.I’m not even going to go into what this book is about because you can read thedescription - and other reviews - for that and I want to keep this review spoiler-free. I will say that my one issue was that the pacing in the beginning was a bitslow, but it all picked up and the book kept me consistently entertained. I’minvested in the characters and the story and I wish I had “Mockingjay” in mygreedy little hands even as I type this. But, of course, if I had it, this reviewmight never have been written at all because I’d be too busy reading.If you haven’t read this series yet, give it a shot! Don’t be turned off by the factthat it’s YA, or by the subject matter, or because it’s “popular.” A truly goodnovel (or series) rises above the limitations of its genre. I think this series is onein which everyone can find something to enjoy. If you have any doubt as to
  • whether or not this series is worthy of all the adulation it’s received, you reallyshould read it and find out for yourself.Ill keep this review short, mainly because I dont want to give out any spoilers.After all, I didnt read any before opening the book and I am glad I didnt, manyevents in the book caught me by a complete surprise and I loved it! "CatchingFire" is a sequel equal in quality to "Hunger Games." The writing is superb,action-packed, and emotional. It did lack the perfect pacing of the first book, thefirst half was a little slow and for some time I wasnt sure where it was going,but it picked up immensely in the later part.What else can I say? This book was all I wished for and even more (and myexpectations were very high after rereading "Hunger Games"). I am dying to getmy hands on the last 3rd book!P.S. If before reading "Catching Fire" I was concerned whether I would be ableto stay on Team Peeta with more time given to Gale, I am not any more...Update 8/23/10. Still love it. The first half is still slow - even though a lot ofhorrid stuff happens in it - but intensity goes over the roof once the Quellsterms are announced. The ending left me with a feeling of sadness, but differentfrom the sadness I felt after finishing The Hunger Games. If the 1st novel endedtragically in a personal way - Peetas broken heart and Katnisss renewed fearfor her life, the 2nd makes you think about a tragedy of a bigger proportion -will the districts be able to defeat the Capitol and how much many lives will itcost them?I love the wider scope of this second novel - we slowly learn (along with Katniss)about what goes on in Panem. The girl hardly knows her own importance, herworldview is definitely very limited and locked onto her own and her familyssurvival. I can relate to that.My opinion about the love triangle has changed, however. Really, this book isnot about which boy Katniss will pick. Its about much bigger issues. Katniss canfigure out who is right for her, when she is finally in a position to stop worryingabout both Gales and Peetas safety.
  • The genius of this series (so far) is that I have no idea what will happen inMockingjay. Whatever it is, I hope my favorite characters will make it, although Iam sure Suzanne Collins is not the type of writer who is afraid of killing off herown creations. We shall see.My only qualm about Catching Fire is that its a tad heavy on dressing up.Editing one or two gown descriptions wouldnt have hurt IMO.To download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/19fIrk6