Whoop, whoop! First book review of August! And today I am continuing with a series that I started last week and that is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. So, here is my review for Catching Fire. Let’s do this!
If you saw my review for The Hunger Games last weekend, then you will know that I have a strange history with The Hunger Games. I saw the first film before discovering that it was based on a book and ended watching Catching Fire as well before actually picking the books up. I read The Hunger Games in late 2013 or early 2014 and I loved it. I read the whole book in one sitting, it completely destroyed me but also sparked a love of dystopian in me. Immediately after finishing it I picked up Catching Fire and read all but about 20 pages in one sitting. Then I put it down to go to bed and never picked it up again. I had slipped into a slump and ended up basically forgetting about it. I have been wanting to reread and finish this trilogy for a couple of years now, ever since I brought myself physical copies of it (I originally read it as eBooks) and now I have finally started to.
I listened to the first book in one day and immediately picked up Catching Fire again and listened to it all in a day as well. I absolutely love these books. i had honestly forgotten how good they are. I whizzed through Catching Fire. i remember this book a lot better than I do the first one but I still really enjoyed it. It was just as good the second time. Admittedly the plot twists didn’t take me surprise this time around, since I had already been shocked by them the first time I read it. but I had forgotten how much there was in this book. I really don’t think that the film adaptation did this book justice. The book is just so much more complex and there is just so much more going on it. and I love it.
This trilogy is so heart-breaking and destructive but so damn good. and the reason is because it feels like a possible future for us and that is bloody terrifying, but it makes it so easy to connect to the story. you can really feel for the characters because it really doesn’t feel particularly farfetched or unrealistic. This isn’t something that I am particularly used to with dystopians. Usually they feel a bit to detached from current life and a little unreachable, but this one really doesn’t. it feels completely possible. and that is an incredibly depressing thought.
I am very glad that I decided to give this trilogy a second chance. I am really enjoying reliving it and falling in love with it again. And this time around I am determined to actually read Mockingjay and read the full story. in fact, I have already started it.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. what is the best dystopian world that you have ever encountered? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.