Monday, January 23, 2012

MONDAY: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

How can a teenager be held responsible for starting a revolution she didn't know she was starting? That is Katniss' question. Her choices in the Hunger Games inspired people. But the restlessness and rebellion is going to get people killed and the government - especially the president - blame Katniss. She and Peeta will have to put on the performance of their lives if they are going to convince those in power that they were not trying to incite the people to revolt - and survive another battle to the death.

It's hard to summarize a book like this without giving away too much of the story. And this is a story worth experiencing page by page. In general, I don't like the second book in a trilogy, and I did not love this one as much as the first, but part of that is the necessary darkness of the story. These are not happy tales. This is a story of great corruption, of those who hold on to power with a vicious grip, and a society that can be far too casual about the lives of others. But it is a well-told story with fascinating characters. 

4 out of 5 stars
AR level of 5.3 (with an interest level of MG+ or 6th grade and up)

Recommended for: Fans of the first book in the series, older tweens and teens, fans of dystopian stories

Cautions: The story just gets darker. Sensitive readers should read with caution.

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