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Catching Fire

Catching Fire

If you haven’t read THE HUNGER GAMES or CATCHING FIRE, do not read this review… insead go and read the book!

Very rarely do we see books where the sequel is as good as the first book… the same is true with movies. However, CATCHING FIRE was just as good as the HUNGER GAMES. The series was amazing. I can’t review it without spoilers, so I won’t even try.

I will just start by saying that I am Team Peeta… some of the time I don’t even like Gale. Now, I understand that Gale is more of the type that some people go for, but I am a diehard romantic, and Petta’s sacrificial love fore Katniss is so amazing, that I can’t helping loving them. My personal theory is that Katniss wants to love Gale, because he represents freedom and he was there when she was going through a hard time, but in reality she actually loves Peeta. She just can’t admit it because everything about her love for Petta started out from the Games, and that was/is a horrible memory. However, her reaction when she finds out that Petta was taken by the capital just shows me that she loves him, as well as when they both argued about who would live. I felt my heart squeeze when she said that she realized that she would she would be damaged forever if Petta were to die.

But more about Petta later… Let’s start with the games. I have to say that I was not expecting them to have to go back into the arena to have to fight other victors again. The Quarter Quells seem so harsh. I mean, obviously, anything surrounding the hunger games is harsh… I think one of the sad moments for me was when I found out about the death of Cecelia. It wouldn’t have been bad if Suzanne Collins hadn’t described the three children being pealed off of her when her name was called. I can’t imagine being the president when all of the people of the Capital became distressed over the games.

Speaking of the Quarter Quells, I bet the president didn’t really think that one through all of the way (I believe that he made this reaping in an attempt to have Petta and Katniss killed). It might seem like a good idea for the immediate, but when you think about the fact that you are putting the people who started the rebelion (however unknowingly) in front of cameras again. What I don’t understand is why Katniss never thought of keeping both her and Petta alive the whole game. She was so focussed on keeping Petta alive, but how long would the Capital have allowed her and Petta to stay alive by themselves. They would have sent in things to try to kill one of them..

I loved the arena in this book. I thought that the idea of the clock was so ingenious! I wish that we had been told what all of the times had in store. Seeing Katniss and Finnick’s anguish with the jatterjays was painful. I can’t even imagine how insane I would go if I thought that someone was hurting my sisters. I couldn’t bare to hear there screams of anguish and then think that someone was torturing them to get those sounds. It would all be too painful to be bourn. If I thought that someone was hurting my sisters in that way, I would probably want to die… or kill the person hurting them, which again makes me think that the Capital doesn’t realize how counterproductive these games are.

Well, I might update this post a little bit later, once I process it some more. It is hard to believe that there is still like another year until the next book comes out! I want to read it so badly!!! This book gets a five out of five stars from me! Rarely have I ever seen a sequel that is just as good as the first book, but that is certainly the case here!

Rating: 5

 

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

This review is going to be a bit different then my other book reviews. I can’t review this without spoilers (because here at Kathryn’s Book Nook, we believe in honesty and sharing our try feelings – no I don’t have multiple personality disorder). Anyway, a short preview before I spoiler (don’t worry, there will be a warning).

To start off with, I felt intense apprehension about reading this book. Everyone I talked to who read it said that they loved it. People who didn’t love Young Adult or Science Fiction loved this book. Now, I don’t really know why this worried me – if anything it should have reassured me that I would love this book – but I just couldn’t force myself to read it. I would pick it up in the book store to go to read it and I couldn’t. It isn’t that I am one of those people who can’t read popular books, when I found out that Twilight was popular, I read it. The problem was that I just didn’t think I could like this particular book. So two days ago, I picked up the book and started reading it (like a chore). I couldn’t get into it… the first 12 pages were so boring. I had gotten that far before and then abandoned it. But I pushed through this time, and I am glad I did. All I can say is that if you haven’t read this book, read it.

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Okay, now lets get down to the nitty gritty feelings left because of the book… The first thing I want to address is Rue. I was devastated by her death. I cried (just a little bit) and I mourned her death. I know that it was inevitable, given the nature of the games, but I didn’t think it would come so soon. I loved Rue. She reminds me of my younger sisters(when they were younger). I wanted to protect her from everything, including death. I love how her death was written, but I wanted more of her. I wanted there to be some way for her to be able to come out of it. Hearing that she was the oldest of six children only made her death more tragic.

Next to talked about is the proverbial elephant in the room… Peeta. I love Peeta. I wasn’t so sure of him at the beginning, but through Katniss’ distrust, i actually came to trust him. I could see what she could not see from the very beginning, he meant it when he said he liked her. When she explained his looks at her through their school years, I knew that he liked her. My real frustration is with Katniss at the end of the novel. How could she do that? I thought that she had really grown to love him. Some of the things that she did and said only seemed to indicate how much she loved him. The fact that she said that if she was the one who lived she would never really leave the arena… the fact she risked her life to get the medicine at the feast… everything seemed to indicate that she loved him. And Gale, please, she had chance with him and she didn’t take it. He has been in the friend zone too long. She shouldn’t even be thinking about him in any way except “I can’t wait to see my best friend again” way. My heart broke for Peeta as he was walking away from her on the platform of the train station. I hope that she gets her act together (and quickly) and realizes that he is the one for her~

Perhaps that thing I can identify with the most is the love Katniss has for her younger sister, Primrose. I am the oldest of four girls and I know that I would do anything for my sisters. I would die for them, if that is what was called for. I try to picture myself in Katniss’ shoes, when she hears her sisters name be called, and all I can think is that I would have done the exact same thing. In my case, it would have meant certain death (I have no outdoor skills at all) but I would have rather died then spend the rest of my life knowing that I could have saved my sister and I didn’t. The protective love that an older sibling feels for a younger one is expertly portrayed here.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be the parents of any of these characters. To be forced to watch on television while your child gets hunted down and killed. I can’t imagine what it must be like to want your child to win, even then realizing that means that they must murder someone else’s child. You want your child home safely, but when you are celebrating their continued life, some other mother is crying over the death of their child.

Another question I have is why did the guy from District 11 (I can’t remember his name) take the bag belonging to District 2 and why didn’t he kill the C guy (gosh I am forgetting names) while he had the change? It seems to me, and I could be totally wrong about this, that he wanted to draw the guy from District 2 to fight him. He must have known that he would be the target for him after that. My theory, which is probably totally off-base, is that he didn’t favor killing and that he had some feeling in his heart for Katniss. I am not saying that he had a crush or anything like that. But he seems to not really favor killing people. He didn’t go for the goods in the beginning (obvious because he had no weapon except for the huge rock) and he hid out in the area that no one went into. He did kill Clover, but that seemed to be more because he was getting revenge for the death of little Rue, and even before he let Katniss go, he seemed to be hesitating about killing her. Others probably have far more accurate theories, but that is what I think.

Now another thing I observed about these books is the food colors. Off the top of my head there is the purple melon and the blue grapes. that just seems odd to me. I don’t really understand the point of changing the color of common things. Maybe that will come up in the next book.

All in all, I give this book a 5/5 stars. I am now off to go buy Catching Fire. I can’t wait to see where that leads! So, are you a Petta/Katniss fan or a Gale/Katniss fan? Tell me what you think!!!

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