Catching Fire – *spoiler free* Book Review

catching fire Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I read “The Hunger Games” back at the beginning of March.  Pretty much the second I finished I tried to go and put “Catching Fire” oh hold at the library.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t listed.  So I basically stalked the library catalog online.  There was enough buzz about it that I only managed to be 6th on the holds list (out of 43, by the release date).  Then I decided that I really wanted my own copy, and ordered the hardcovers of “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire.”  I left my name on the list at the library, just in case the library’s copies were available on release day and my copy didn’t come.  Well, it didn’t, but I did get my copy from the library.  Miraculously, my baby decided he just wanted to sleep (on me) for the next 4 and 1/2 hours, so I was able to just sit and read and read and read.

Preordering a book AND putting it on hold at the library?  Reading it immediately for 4 straight hours?  That’s a lot for a book to live up to.

Let me just say, I had no disappointments.  “Catching Fire” totally lived up to the expectations I put on it.  Katniss really developed well throughout the course of the story, and the twist at the Quarter Quell completely shocked me, although perhaps it shouldn’t have (particularly since I saw one blog review that, upon reflection, spoiled that a bit).

The ‘cliffhanger’ ending didn’t surprise me, other than the fact that it isn’t a traditional cliffhanger in my opinion, but none of that stopped me from wanting desperately to find out what is going to happen next.  I can’t wait until we find out the title of the next book – so I can start trying to put it on hold at the library!

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