Pub. Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Nook book, 275pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Description from BN.com:
I enjoyed seeing more of Panem and getting to know the other districts better in this installment. The overall setting really came to life.
Some have commented that the first part of Catching Fire is slow, but I didn’t find it to be so. I enjoyed catching up with what life after the Games had been like for Katniss. We get to see more of her family and friends in District 12. Overall, Suzanne Collins continues to develop her characters. Katniss is more self-aware. It’s nice to watch her grow and learn from her experience. She’s still the same feisty girl, but she becomes more savvy about how her actions affect others. In addition to our heroine, you’ll get to know all the principles better and meet some new folks, too.
Once again, there are scenes that will touch you, scenes where you will laugh and scenes where you will cry. And the whole time, you’ll be totally immersed in the story. Like book 1, the text is tight and doesn’t bog down the plot or slow the pace. Collins’ economy of words is amazing. She manages to keep the plot moving while at the same time maximizing scenes. For instance, though sometimes a character may not have many scenes or extended dialogue, Collins always makes the most of the words she does use. Additionally, I marvelled at just how much takes place in such a slim volume. The plot, as it unfolds, gets increasingly complex. By the midway point, the novel takes off. And once you’ve read that far, you won’t put it down. And don’t worry, the author will keep you guessing. Trust me, when I finished the book, my jaw just plain dropped!