This is the second book following Hunger Games. I enjoyed the Hunger Games, which I gave 3.5 stars out of 4, but Catching Fire takes Suzanne Collins to a new level. So much so that I feel that she really came in to her own with this book.
The story itself focuses on the year following the first book. Many of the same conflicts continue, especially the main character’s relationship with her friend, Peeta. I think that particular conflict, and her growth that comes as a result of it, is especially interesting and, if I may say this without being negative, stereotypical of the adolescent genre in general, though better built.
Like the first, this book is fairly violent, though not graphically so. Like the first, it is also clean in terms of language and sexuality. The themes of freedom and self-determination are also pre-eminent.
Because of the improvement over the first book, I put Catching Fire at a solid four stars. If the third book, due this August, equals the mastery of the second book, I’ll have to upgrade the entire trilogy to a very solid four stars and perhaps even give them one of my coveted “Five best books of the year” acknowledgments (there, Aleisha. That’s for you.).
Ah, yes…. I see I’m going to have to learn how to write a better book review. They’re always so random. 🙂