Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Catching Fire


By Suzanne Collins

The second book in the Hunger Games young adult trilogy, 'Catching Fire' takes place directly after the preceding novel and carries on the tale of the protagonist Katniss Everdeen. The story was more or less a variation of the same story told in the first book, and I found it to be equally turgid until the new hunger games tournament began and Katniss Everden was forced to relive her nightmares. Then things picked up a bit, but I was never really able to engage with the character as it was fairly obvious what was going to happen since the third book was waiting in the wings. There was a twist in the plot that made for a raised eye brow but it wasn't all that surprising, and it didn't give me pause for much thought. I guess I'm too set in my ways for this kind of angst ridden teenage escapism.






Mockingjay

By Suzanne Collins

The third book in the trilogy. I found this one to be the worst book by far. Partly because it rambled, whilst still being predictable, but mostly because it never really delivered a story. Katniss Everdeen mopes about for most of the book whilst events unfold off stage. When she finally does get to 'swing into action', the plot convulses several times in order to reach the foregone conclusion that was waiting in the wings since the love interest character Peeta was introduced. 



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