Book: Catching Fire

I admit, I wasn’t impressed with the Hunger Games, be it the book or the movie. So it’s no wonder that it took me awhile to get around to the 2nd book of the trilogy.

Catching Fire

I was so wrong. Catching fire is a book I wished I read earlier. It has all the amazing aspects of the first book but places it in a wider context. It’s full of adrenaline, it’s fast paced, it looks at both internal and external struggles of the characters, and for the first time in a very long time, it made me fall in love.

Peeta has captured my heart and my soul. He’s the most endearing character I’ve met on a page. Everything he does makes me sigh or makes me tear. I think about him constantly, even now after finishing the trilogy. In him I see a boy/man I would like to marry. The ideal fairy-tale prince charming that every girl wants in her life. Seriously, he’s super sweet, loyal, loving, caring, intelligent, BAKES (!), paints. He’s devoted to Katniss and would die for her. And then I have to stop myself. Why? Because Suzanna Collins has created a character that is perfect and that every girl (even Katniss to some extent) would dream of marrying, but we all know this doesn’t happen in real life. Call my cynical. Call me jaded. But imagine if every girl was living life, on the look out for someone like Peeta, what would happen to the world we live in.

And don’t get me started on exactly how shallow Peeta truly is. This book, this trilogy is really just a glorified love story and for some reason it makes me really sad. Wikipedia lists the genres as action, adventure, dystopian and science fiction. I don’t deny any of those, but the most important theme in the book is perhaps that of love. It’s everywhere. And let’s not forget romance. Because in the middle of everything that is happening is Katniss, the girl on fire who is the centre of two boy’s affection and (naturally) can’t choose. Because hey, we’re in the middle of an uprising, a revolution, but boy-girl relationships are still the most important.

Catching fire was a book I could not put down, especially by the third part. Despite all the flaws, I love it. I love the emotions that course through the book, I love how raw and real everything about the characters feel. Oh and did I forget to mention that I might have a major crush on Finnick Odair?

So after all I’ve said about the book, I have to swallow all my words and say that it’s brilliantly written, simply because it made me feel for the characters, even though logically speaking I should reject them all as stereotypes. Now how many books have done that? When I should be rolling my eyes at the characters of the book, I find myself engrossed and rooting for them instead. And that in my books is brilliant storytelling.

3 Responses to “Book: Catching Fire”
  1. Wow, that does surprise me – I would not have called it a ‘love story’ at all! Peeta’s far from perfect, and quite unpleasant in parts (though that’s not really his fault). I do agree with you about the ‘realism’, though – it’s definitely what I like most about the trilogy.

    • everworld says:

      Well, what do you consider the Hunger Games? I just think that because we spend so much time with Katniss it feels (sometimes) that the whole love triangle thing is just the most important thing in the world. But at the same time the book makes an impact because it delves into Katniss’s thoughts and feelings so thoroughly.

      • I’d classify it the same way as I’d classify Equilibrium or Logan’s Run. Not sure what you’d call the genre – “post-apocalyptic revolution”? They too featured romances but the stories were about overthrowing the system, not choosing a lover.

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