Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Teaser: Catching Fire

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
September 2009; Scholastic; 978-0-439-02349-8 (hardcover)
ARC lent by Liz of Tea Cozy

Since Catching Fire won't come out for nearly two months, and since Scholastic has asked people not to give away any major details of the story, I won't taunt you.

What I will say is that Catching Fire improves and expand upon the world created in The Hunger Games, something I was really struck by since I re-read the first book in the trilogy prior to reading the middle volume. And if you thought the cliffhanger at the end of The Hunger Games was bad? Be prepared for the end of Catching Fire.

Aside: I thought this on a subconscious level when I originally read The Hunger Games, but re-reading it confirmed it: is there anyone out there who thinks Gale is the right person for Katniss? He just seems so . . . undefined to me. It seems his only concern is feeding his family. Which is admirable and important, but otherwise, what does he like? What are his dreams? Compared to Peeta, Gale just feels like a mystery to me. And this impression didn't change after reading Catching Fire.

Yet that's a minor quibble at this point. Suzanne Collins continues to hook readers with a thrill-a-minute story, full of twists and action. There's also quiet moments, where you can sense the weight of everything that's happened pressing down on Katniss. For this series is really about Katniss: her choices, her life. Readers will be happy to enter the arena of Catching Fire, and be left waiting eagerly for book 3.

For anyone going to ALA Annual, if you spy anyone wearing a t-shirt that looks like this one, it just might be me. Come and say hi!


Beth Saxton said...

Love the shirt :-)

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Oh, I'm so Team Peeta as well. I thought CATCHING FIRE was a very worthy follow up to HG -- which amazed me, as I couldn't see how the fever pitch could be maintained -- but yeah, I'm all over Peeta vs. Gale.

I'll be ALA. And looking. ;)

Laura said...

i loved the first book, and I am so pumped for the second! thanks for the update! do you know how many books there will be, or is this the last?

melissa said...

Laura: I believe it's going to be a trilogy, so there should be one more book after Catching Fire, at least.

Emily D. said...

I'm definitely Team Peeta, but I have a friend who is Team Gale. She says that Katniss and Gale have a natural, unforced attraction (unlike her and Peeta) and would have ended up together if their world wasn't crazy and The Hunger Games didn't separate them. I can see her thinking there, I guess.