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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I'm not a big fan of futuristic, dystopian novels, but was drawn in with Hunger Games and was glad this was on the book club list for this month. There are a lot of similarities with Hunger Games and has the same premise of fighting and one on one combat, but the stakes are heightened in Catching Fire. It was another gripping, page turning novel by Suzanne Collins.

From the cover:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games, She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved. She has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his  back on her completely. And there are whispers of rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

My thoughts:
Suzanne Collins has a wonderful way at taking us into her fantasy world and describes animals, insects and surroundings in detail. Katniss is a well developed character with strengths that are often also her flaws and it's easy to be drawn in with her compassion and drive to protect her friends and family. With the contrasts of The Capitol, a city of indulgence, and wealth, against the districts where people work long hours in coal mines, and on the land where benefits are few, it doesn't seem a far reach from the world we live in today. A scary thought.

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