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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2)

Catching Fire - Suzanne  Collins Catching Fire holds up better than other second of a trilogy books out there. Usually the second book is a transition book that gets you from book 1 to book 3 without providing a ton of substance. To a certain extent Catching Fire does transition the reader from the grittiness survival of The Hunger Games to the more political Mockingjay but it also slightly paints the picture of how the events of Mockingjay come to be. It doesn’t feel like it’s a “fluff” book.I wasn’t totally thrilled that the book has a mild case of “second book syndrome.” Of course I realized that there would another Hunger Games. Duh. Book 1 didn’t resolve that issue but having a Hunger Games where previous victors would have to compete and Katniss is thrown back in? Seriously who didn’t see that (or something like that) coming? I did appreciate that the actual Hunger Games was different and unique. I also loved the little hints of what the previous games were. Maybe I’m a terrible person but I would love to know more about the previous games, the previous arenas, how the victors won, etc. How about some more info about that Collins? Pretty please?!I liked the first half of the book. It was nice to be back in District 12 even if the conditions weren’t ideal. The reader is able to see how the events of book one shaped the current circumstances. The Victor’s Tour was a nice touch because we’re able to see outside District 12 and see how bad the other Districts are. I wish there had been a bigger focus on the politics and social unrest of the people. It’s hinted at but never fully explored. Honestly once Katinss was back in the area I kind of forgot a bit about it since I didn’t seem like a big issue. Of course when you read the cliffhanger at the end of the book you’re left shocked and thinking you should have paid more attention.Yay for new characters! We are finally able to see more of Gale. I still felt Katniss’ and his relationship feels awkward. Once again mixed feelings about the other tributes. In book one, we really didn’t know them (aside from Rue) so their deaths were tolerable [and I hate saying that. Deaths shouldn't be tolerable but that's a whole other can of worms]. In this book, we got to know the tributes more so the deaths are more difficult. Of course the fact that many of them were adults with families and lives made their deaths more difficult as well.The bottom line? A wonderfully exciting book in the series.If you haven’t read this series yet, do NOT read this book unless you have Mockingjay on hand. Trust me, it’s for your sanity. :P For more reviews check out: The Cheap Reader