“Catching Fire”

July 20, 2009 at 10:22 am | Posted in Fiction | Leave a comment

Hey!  Guess what?  I got to read an advance copy of Catching Fire!  If you haven’t already read The Hunger Games, or my rave review, you’d better get started or you’ll be behind when the movie comes out.

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You know I would never spoil the plot of a book.  Especially would I never do this partway through a series.  Even more so would I never spoil a book before it was even released.  So relax.

We did this book as part of our Family Reading Hour, which always turns into 90 minutes when Suzanne Collins is involved.  When we have to quit reading, Sweetie Junior always goes “Unh!” in that “no fair” voice kids use.  The Hunger Games had her and my man Rocket Scientist, a 41-year-old engineer, on the edges of their seats.  So I am thrilled to say that Catching Fire more than met our hopes and expectations for a sequel.

We spend a few minutes before every reading session recapping the plot from the night before.  Sometimes someone will make a guess about what’s going to happen next.  At the end of the night, we talk about our reactions.  RS always thinks he knows where the plot is going.  He was right about one element from Hunger Games, but he didn’t see the end of Catching Fire coming at all.  Sweetie Junior proved uncharacteristically unable to restrain herself from interrupting the reading at several points.  She had to interject with comments about what the characters were doing, or what she would do, or what she thought would happen next.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that we have Hunger Games fever and we’ve got it bad.  We’re in mourning now because we have to wait even longer than everyone else before the third volume comes out – hopefully next year??

My nephew, Li’l Brain, made sure to tell me:  “You know there’s a sequel to The Hunger Games coming out in October?”  Hint hint.  I bought it for him for his birthday at the end of May, and not only has he already read it, he found out on his own when he could get the next one.  He’s 12.

To sum up, The Hunger Games is an action extravaganza with truly compelling characters and very moving emotional currents.  Catching Fire has the breakneck pace we’ve become addicted to, plus greater depth and wider range.  This series is fast becoming a cult classic and it definitely deserves its growing fan base.

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