I just want to start out this review by saying that I am not one of those people who can separate books and their film adaptations. If I read a book, I want the movie to be as close as it can be to the book. So of course after seeing "The Hunger Games" in theaters, I was completely discouraged to read the rest of the series. I know many people loved the movie, but I just hated it. I finally talked myself into reading the rest of the series, so here is the review!
Basic Synopsis: Catching Fire starts up not far after The Hunger Games ended. Katniss is now living in the Victor's Village with her family and still feigning romance with Peeta. There are rumors of rebellion in the other districts and Katniss and Peeta quickly become the faces of said rebellions. Obviously, President Snow and the capitol aren't happy about this and Katniss soon has to worry about keeping up her fake love with peeta, not hurting gale, and not causing more of an uprising.
What worked: I absolutely loved how Suzanne Collins' writing improved in this book. She was already a very talented writer but damn, she really got even better. Having the book be written solely from Katniss' point of view helped me to feel just as unsure and confused as she was. I loved all of the twists and turns and surprises the story had in store, and I loved getting so excited to find out what happens next. Up until the epic ending, much didn't make sense but it all played out perfectly.
What didn't work: I hate Peeta. I think he's one of my most hated characters.
My rating: 4/5 stars!