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Book Review: Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve overcome my problems with reading the first person present POV. I’ve felt every twisting, confusing thought that plagued Katniss. I felt what Ms. Collins intended me to feel about each and every other character through the eyes of Katniss. Although, I am still unsure why we need Gale at all.

I agree with others in that her love interest in Peeta is a definite crucial plot point, but Gale is superfluous. That love triangle, that torn piece of the heart, serves no real purpose to further the story line. I find it just gets in the way.

Just as with the first book, I found the outcome very predictable. In fact, I think this book was more predictable than the first. I don’t know if it’s because of my age and have more experience in life that I can predict the outcome and the how, or is it just that plain obvious? These books are classified Young Adult, so who knows. 🙂

Overall, I am still enjoying the story. It is a very easy read. And each chapter makes you crave more.

Off to read Book #3.

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5 Comments

  1. Comment by Matthew (@thebibliofreak):

    Completely agree about the love triangle. Gale isn’t neccessary, he’s just thrown in to hit the YA crowd. (Although to be honest, I prefer him).

    My review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

  2. Comment by C:

    I felt like Gale was in there just for the ladies who prefer brown-haired men to blondes.

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  3. Comment by Misha:

    I’m thinking I can safely say that you won’t see the end of Mockingjay coming until it’s just about to happen.

    I wanted to make a suggestion, but that will spoil the experience, so… no. Just read.

    🙂

  4. Comment by Heather Jacobs:

    From the few young adult books that I’ve read most have a certain amount of predictability. I do have to agree that in some ways young adults are not necessarily going to be able to see these stories as predictable as you or I might simply because life experience does play a large role.

    I also have to agree with the character of Gale. He’s simply not necessary, but at the same time this is what people sometimes want. A love triangle for nothing more then being a love triangle. Romance sells even if its not a real romance. The one thing I like about this particular love triangle compared to others in YA books is its somewhat (and I use that loosely) more realistic then others say like Bella, Edward, and Jacob. Just saying.

    Great review Jaime! 😀

  5. Comment by superhappyjen:

    I don’t think young adults are too stupid to predict the story. I do think they like predictability.

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