Hunger Games

Catching Fire Review

Monday, July 23, 2012

Yesterday, I finished reading Catching Fire.  Literally, I couldn't put it down.  All I've wanted to do for the past few days is read, read, read.  And when I was done reading, I felt exhausted because it was honestly like I was waking up from a dream where I WAS Katniss and wasn't just reading about her.

As for the plot, I will say that I was not at all surprised with the big twist Collins threw into the story.  When I began the book, I asked myself: "What would the audience least expect?"  And so, that is exactly what I expected to happen.

It turns out I was right, even though it was still hard to read.

This series is jarring and gripping.  But at the same time, I love it.  It feels so inexplicably real, so tantalizingly close to reality that I can really become immersed in it.  Collins really developed the psychology of the culture, the social conditions of the Capitol and the political sphere of Panem.  In my opinion, the writing style and the way each book builds upon the previous one all leads up to making a point about violence and social implications.  These books are more than just youth thrillers.  They have a deeper meaning about the impact political chaos and war and violence can have on children and on families.  I can't help but think of the Lord's Resistance Army in Africa and how the young children were forced to become soldiers.  And this sort of thing has happened for centuries — think about Sparta — and still happens today.

What do you think?  Is this book just meant to entertain?  Or is there a call to action?


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