Suzanne Collins “Catching Fire”
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  • I enjoyed this instalment more than I did its predecessor

    • by Rachel Evans

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      Suzanne Collins’s “Catching Fire” is the continuation of her earlier novel “The Hunger Games”. The book takes place soon after the ending of the previous volume and revisits familiar characters and places. Although it’s a young adult novel, the themes are, again, quite serious, perhaps growing even more so than in the preceding one.

      Katniss, the protagonist, who was so far mostly interested in her own survival or that of

      people she’d grown close to, in the sequel becomes increasingly aware of her country’s oppression and of her own role in either supporting or subverting this situation. Now that she’s a celebrity, she becomes a tool in the political powers’ games, and her symbolic role is something she has little control over. The novel shows the heroine’s bind deftly, allowing the reader better insight than it does its protagonist, while at the same time managing its mysteries quite well.

      The main plot of the novel again covers Katniss’ involvement in the Hunger Games; however, this time Katniss’ survival appears to be the least of either the heroine’s or the readers’ worries, as the stakes become much higher. Rebellion sweeps across the country, the 13th District becomes a subject of much conjecture and secondary characters gain unforeseen importance.

      I enjoyed ...

      • Suzanne Collins
      this instalment more than I did its predecessor. Admittedly, the pacing could have been improved, and I missed the element of Katniss’ attempts to play her ‘passion’ for money - but the high stakes made for an even more engrossing read. I read the book in half a day, barely stopping for a quick snack. I also came to like the protagonist quite a bit more this time around;
      unfortunately, the other characters seemed to be somewhat cardboard-ish, and the ones I liked most had little page time, so to speak, and didn’t merit much development.

      Even so, I’m certainly glad to see the more serious elements of the world-building to gain depth and detail, and I’m certainly looking forward to the conclusion, due out in August. For a young adult novel, this one is certainly not bad.

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