==== ====Purchase " Catching Fire " from link belowhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O86FMW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957==== ====One thing about waiting too long to read a book so deliriously talked about by most people is thatyou get to read more about the reviews and how everyone is raving about it, and so you set yourexpectations much too high.Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy, and almost 6 months after I readthe first book, I get to read the sequel. I voluntarily restrained myself (with much effort, of course)from buying the last two books because of a self-imposed book challenge (where Im miserablyfailing, as of the moment) I set at the beginning of the year.Catching Fire begins with Katniss Everdeen back at District 12 preparing for the Victory Tour. Nowand then, she sneaks into the woods and meets up with her bestfriend Gale as she usually didbefore the Games. Katniss is beginning to finally enjoy her victory from the Games - a new andmuch comfortable house, plenty of food on the table, and an opportunity to help some of herneighbors. But things are starting to change in her District - the activation of the electric fencesurrounding the District, the appointment of a new Head Peacemaker, the demolition of the hob.Katniss then gets a visit from President Snow himself, who directly threatened her if she does notact according to the wishes of the Capitol. Rumors of uprising in the surrounding districts areheard and Katniss is caught in the midst of a rebellion she has not planned to get involved in.So, as Ive said, before I got to read Catching Fire, I already have high expectations about it. Whowill not, when almost all ratings I see in Goodreads are 5 stars. Sad to say, though, I do not sharethe same elation.Catching Fire does not have the same fast-paced action and suspense as The Hunger Games. Ifind the first half of the book dragging and boring, and this is where I start to get annoyed withKatniss. She just cannot make up her mind. Though, I must concede, shes been through a lot, notto discount the fact that she has been through near-death experiences in the Games. Still, a 17-year old can make decisions for herself, right? Like when she decided to take the place of Primduring the reaping, or when she decided to eat those berries towards the end of the Games. Whythen cant she make up her mind what she feels towards Peeta? Or to Gale? Then again, thatreally happens. Being torn between two lovers. Haha. But still, I expect a wiser and moredetermined Katniss, after all that she went through while she was fighting for her life at the arena.And all that kissing. I may be a little prudish here, but a 17 year-old girl who goes about kissing aguy she says she does not have any romantic feelings for, is for me, a little overboard. Katnissmay have been doing it for the cameras, but I think Suzanne Collins here is trying to force theromance angle for more publicity.
If I can divide and rate the book in two parts, I give 2 stars to the first part - before the QuarterQuell, and 4 stars to the second part - the Quarter Quell itself. I love the genius idea of a gamethat simulates a clock. I love the action and the suspense and how you cannot know who are theenemies and who are the allies. There are characters too from the first book that I have grownmore fond of like Cinna and Haymitch and President Snow. I love that President Snow has moreappearances here than in the first book. His character is very interesting.Catching Fire, despite its seemingly stagnant pace, gives a lot of promise. It provides just the rightamount of suspense - teasers - to urge me to immediately read the last book in the trilogy. I amwilling to overlook the apparent (and probably, intended) lull in the pace of the story and find outwhether Suzanne Collins can actually deliver the perfect conclusion to this amazing saga.http://www.lynaireads.luigiandlynai.netArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lynai_Lamason==== ====Purchase " Catching Fire " from link belowhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O86FMW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957==== ====