Picking up very soon after the events of the first book, Catching Fire takes us on yet another roller coaster ride where (if you are anything like me) you will be yelling at the book, even if you are in a public place…yeah…that happened…more than once…
Collins wastes very little time on exposition of the first book’s events, keeping the pace and tension high for 472 action packed pages. Katniss Everdeen is fiery as ever but the cracks are beginning to show as the oppression of the Capitol increases, shown expertly through an ever so slight but noticeable shift in her voice. The confidence that practically radiated from her in the first book is fading a little.
It was the many twists and turns during the book that caused me to burn through it in less than 2 days, the final fifteen pages or so leaving me yelling obscenities at the book for a good ten minutes.
At points during this book, I managed to predict the action sometimes long before it happened. Though this didn’t hinder my enjoyment, it makes me prefer the first as I felt like at the end of each chapter, Collins threw me a curveball.
I am ridiculously excited to read the third book and to wrap up this tale that has consumed my thoughts for the past couple of days.
May the odds be ever in your favour…
I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.