My general thoughts on the writing and the feel of the book stand.
I prob don’t have to recap the book for you, do I? Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
I liked it, but it did take a little bit to get into. Actually, I read most of it during a rainy Sunday afternoon in my reading room so it might have just been a focus thing.
I’m not sure what else I can say about it. I liked it, if you liked the first one, give it a read. I can say that the romance thing started to get boring to me as did the endless anguish state that Katniss seemed to have herself in out of fear and self doubt. What happened to the strong character created in the first book? I mean, she won the Games, her family is set now and she doesn’t have to worry about feeding them and can go about as she pleases. Snap out of it.
While part of me feels like this one wasn’t quite as horrifically graphic as the first one there were several scenes that did not sit well with me. I get in part that they were key to the plot and the general feeling of everything, but I still didn’t like the first death scene and it made me physically nauseous.
With the introduction of the characters trying to get to District 13, I wasn’t surprised to read that it might still be there, I had an inkling that it would come into play. Doesn’t the mystical place usually play a role in something like this? There’s a twist at the end that I had a feeling would come to pass and I figured part of it out about half way through the book. Part of me wanted to smack Katniss for not seeing that there was something bigger going on (even if she didn’t know what it was), but that didn’t ruin it for me.
It was a nice set up for the third book, which yes, I’ve already read.
Did you read the Catching Fire? What did you think of it?