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!