10 April 2013

Book Review: Catching Fire

I wasn't kidding when I said I was ready to read for fun again! I finished Catching Fire in near-record time. As nearly the entire world already knows, it's the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I'm a little late to this party. 

For me, the Hunger Games trilogy isn't notable for its quality writing, seamless story line or even likable characters (although, there are some of those). It's notable because of its subject matter and its overwhelming popularity. It's about a revolution and the ability of people - no matter how repressed - to challenge the authority that is repressing them. Although we don't live in Panem, some people around the world live in conditions that are strikingly similar (and throughout history, Panem has existed almost everywhere). And throughout history, many people have risen up to take back their lives, their families, their communities.

Because the books are so popular and geared to a younger audience, they could be the beginning of some great discussions about revolutions and the importance of grassroots organizing. 

Although I've heard the third book isn't as good as the first two, I'm excited to finish up the trilogy.


Bobbie said...

I LOVED the first one, except I thought it could have ended a chapter early. The second wasn't as good, but still interesting and I was also able to finish it in a few days (a sheer miracle as I am a very slow reader). Looking back though, I almost wish I had stopped with the first book. The third book drags on and on, but after reading the second one I had to finish the series. I even talked Paul into reading them with me - something I'm sure he'd rather not admit!

Sara Struckman said...

Huh. Now I'm wondering if I should read the final book. Probably will. Nate won't read the books, but he did see the movie with me - and really liked it.