Review: Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
Katniss thought that she was free of the Arena and the Hunger Games. But now she is being sent back in, because she defied the Capitol. Faced with the choice of keeping herself alive, or Peeta, she doesn’t know what to do.
Her mentor is singularly unhelpful. Would it have killed him to tell her the plan? It seems like there are a lot of unnecessary deaths. They don’t even fill me with sorrow, or even indignation. I feel like most of them are unlikeable anyway, and I didn’t ever get attached to them.
Katniss seems to have lost a lot of her humanity, which was what attracted to me in the first place. Despite professing that she’s in it to save Peeta, she acts completely selfishly the whole time. Even the desire to save Peeta is selfish.
The Arena design is pretty fancy. I really liked the idea of it. I think it would be fun to have one like that to play games in. Not deadly games like the Hunger Games, but fun games.
After the awesomeness of the first novel, this one was a let down. It felt like the deaths were useless, people were unfulfilled in their roles, and the resistance quite futile. It is near unbelievable that the Districts could have such an effect on the Capitol.

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