Wednesday, 30 January 2013

''Catching Fire''- Review

Catching Fire is the sequel to The Hunger Games. Written by Suzanne Collins, the book follows the events after the first novel. Personally, I liked this book better than ''The Hunger Games''.

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, having won the 74th Hunger Games, lives in the Victor's village. They are to go to the victor's tour in the 12 districts. One day, President Snow comes to Katniss's house, informing her that the districts might have an uprising, after Katniss's act with the poisonous berries, which the districts have understood was to defy the Capitol. The President threatens to hurt Katniss's dear people if she doesn't try her best to remove these rebellious feelings from the people of the districts. She must pretend that she was madly in love with Peeta, that forced her to do the act with the berries.

Katniss, fearing that her family and friend might be harmed, does as the President tells. But still, the Districts' hatred towards the Capitol increases because of some reasons. After the Victory Tour ends, Katniss plans to flee away from the District, along with her family, Peeta and Gale, as President Snow has hinted to her that she hasn't worked properly to remove the rebellious feelings from the hearts of the people...

But then it goes all wrong... new Peacekeepers arrive; Peacekeepers who are cruel and want too much discipline, new and harsh rules are installed, troubles arrive, Katniss comes to know about the uprisings that has started to occur and the possible existance of a District 13... until she learns that she has to go back to the Hunger Games, as the 75th Hunger Games will have tributes from the pool of previous victors.

I found this novel to more suspenseful, more adventerous than The Hunger Games. But still, it had some positive sides and negative sides. Towards the end, it gets somewhat confusing and complicated, with too many details that might become hard to remember and some things that are a bit difficult to understand. 

I liked the way people prepare themselves for an uprising. I loved the scene when the victors hold each other's hands. I loved Peeta's speech in District 11. There were loads of memorable moments in this novel; and the ending was one of the best things about this novel. Suzanne Collins is a brilliant writer; and this book somewhat promises that there will be more curious and engrossing elements in Mockingjay. In all ways, it was mostly an easy and engrossing 

4 out of 5