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Sparks Are IgnitingFlames Are SpreadingAnd The Capitol Wants RevengeAgainst All Odds, Katniss Has Won The Hunger Games She And Fellow District Tribute Peeta Mellark Are Miraculously Still Alive Katniss Should Be Relieved, Happy Even After All, She Has Returned To Her Family And Her Longtime Friend, Gale Yet Nothing Is The Way Katniss Wishes It To Be Gale Holds Her At An Icy Distance Peeta Has Turned His Back On Her Completely And There Are Whispers Of A Rebellion Against The Capitol A Rebellion That Katniss And Peeta May Have Helped CreateMuch To Her Shock, Katniss Has Fueled An Unrest She S Afraid She Cannot Stop And What Scares Her Even Is That She S Not Entirely Convinced She Should Try As Time Draws Near For Katniss And Peeta To Visit The Districts On The Capitol S Cruel Victory Tour, The Stakes Are Higher Than Ever If They Can T Prove, Without A Shadow Of A Doubt, That They Are Lost In Their Love For Each Other, The Consequences Will Be HorrifyingIn Catching Fire, The Second Novel In The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins Continues The Story Of Katniss Everdeen, Testing Her Than Ever Beforeand Surprising Readers At Every Turn I have to say this book is much than a step up from the first book I thought the first book was ok at best but this book it better on an epic scale If you are reading this I am assuming you have read the first book.Katniss Peeta Controversially win the 74th Hunger games Controversially because there is only supposed to be one winner of the games, but these two choose to kill themselves rather than kill each other This act of defiance is the spark for a revolution The evil President Snow Leader of the Capital , tells Katness to either smother out this spark before it ignites, or people close to her will be killed.The revolution starts small and cases small disruptions in the capital, and ends up with the Peacekeepers Capital police force , becoming brutal in all districts including District 12 This time the Hunger Games is the Quarter Quell celebrating 25 years of the game , which allow special stipulations in the games Can Katness defy the Capital again This book is less action packed then the first but a lot emotional Katniss is herself in this book rather surly, bad tempered, emotional Peeta is her polar opposite likable by everyone, managing to rally everyone with his words I think Katniss even admits he would be a better revolution leader then she ever wood so she is determined to martyr herself so he can live. This is most possibly the WORST or best depending what you go on cliffhanger I have encountered in all my reading days It leaves you than just hanging, you are grasping for your life on a thread that is fraying and there is nothing to do but hold on well metaphorically of course One word that can sum up this book is intense Everything is just felt The compassion, threats, action, betrayal, gestures, words all of it This has to be the reason why it is so addictive As expected from this series we are in for a ride Some things are hinted out, but the full affect of what is going on isn t totally revealed till the very end Though I felt frustrated at times this is a grand slam of a sequel You know it s hard to hate Katniss for being the object of the whole love triangle I usually get annoyed to no end and can t help wonder what people see in the person, but Katniss is different Though you don t think that Katniss is particularly special than others, but that is part of what you admire about her Plus she is critical of herself so you don t necessarily get a good feel of what people think about her other than what is said with dialogue I totally love this because frankly that is what it s like in real life It s others that can show you who you really are when you aren t able to do it yourself Peeta and Gale are both incredible guys and what makes them so great is that they both are goodfriends , something that is lacking in other books at times Don t get me wrong there is a lot to the series than the love triangle Suzanne Collins gives us a lot to mull over till her much anticipated final climatic book Mockingjay.BTW Excellent Excellent covers Later added For those of you who didn t know there is a movie coming out for the first book The Hunger Games Here is the link to the trailer Now just to wait for the second movie trailerand the second trailer has arrived Click here to view it I got the chills guys. I went to see Inglourious Basterds a couple of times this past month, and there is that scene where Eli Roth and Omar Doom are in the theater, and they dress themselves up to look like waiters and then whip around the corner and kill the two Nazi guards to some funny Ennio Morriconi ish , spaghetti western sounding music And everybody in the theater laughs, and then the film cuts to Hitler laughing, watching a movie of a Nazi soldier killing Americans It s one of those great story telling moments where I m nice and comfortable and morally superior, until I realize that actually I m exactly the same as someone I think is Evil There was a moment when I first saw Merchant of Venice that was like that, and I was depressed for a month after I read Notes from the Underground because of the same type of experience I don t know where you get that brand of story telling ability, but Suzanne Collins has it coming out of her ears, in the sort of young adult variety Catching Fire was maybe not as striking as the first book in this series, The Hunger Games, in making me disturbed about myself, but it definitely had its moments Also, I was in my second week of law school and had just gotten back from an exhausting wedding when I read it, so I might not have had the capacity to self reflect that I normally do If you don t know already, even though you should know, the premise of this series is a that in the future, post apocalyptic world of the super badass Katniss Everdeen, one rich city controls twelve poor to starving cities that produce all of the goods for the rich city In order to keep the poor cities in fear, the rich city requires each of the poor cities to send one teenage boy and one teenage girl as tributes to play the Hunger Games In the Hunger Games the kids have to kill each other until there is one survivor, who gets to party for the rest of his her life but never really feels like partying because everything s so fucked up Usually they go crazy, if they didn t start out that way It s very Lord of the Flies, and yes it is the same premise as Battle Royale, but not as determinedly nasty as those two books Also, girl action hero Anyway, a couple of days after I finished this book, I was spacing off instead of briefing cases, and I started thinking about the description of the capital city that controls the other cities There is a part where Katniss and another character have to go to a party at the capital, and there are as many amazing foods as they can imagine It s a big party, and they re celebrities, and everyone loves them They have one bite of every kind of food, so that they can taste everything, but unfortunately they get full One of their entourage explains to them that there are puke closets, so that everyone can keep eating for the whole night, and our two characters suddenly step back from the party and remember their families and neighbors, who are starving while the capital lives in decadence I was thinking about that and how the shallow people in the capital city were just as culpable for the evil in their society as the military that imposed starvation on the cities, and then, suddenly, I realized, duh, she s talking about me This story is really about the global economy, and passive, consumption driven U.S citizen that I am I m not the hero So, that s about three times this month that I ve been on the side of terrorists I don t know whether that means story tellers are gettin pretty tricky, or if it just means I think there s a problem with the way stuff is Or that, like, I m becoming a rager, or something FBI, if you re reading this, JK about this whole paragraph LOL When I was working my 8 5 job last year, I started listening to some iTunesU classes while I was doing my work so that my brain wouldn t die One of them was given by Carolyn Marvin at Stanford, and it was called True Colors Myth, Magic, and the American Flag The premise, to summarize very briefly, was that for any culture to stay together, the culture requires a blood sacrifice This article goes into detail about nationalism and blood sacrifice She really convincingly pointed out how, civilized though we think we are, blood sacrifice in modern Western culture is not really significantly different than tribal human sacrifices It s a seriously creepy theory, but I m not kidding when I say that she s right Really, listen to the lecture So, I ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of weeks doing a mental compare contrast of the U.S with this futuristic dystopia We don t come off looking too good, guys Obviously these are really complicated topics, but nothing seems as simple as violence is not the answer or, on the other side of the argument, destroy civilization I m not positive what the right answer is, but I d like to find out I think Suzanne Collins s books should be taught in high school social studies classes, so maybe we could get some young brains working on this problem How do we effectively refuse to benefit from universally destructive and dehumanizing trade practices, but still live healthy and productive lives So, go read everything Suzanne Collins ever wrote including the episodes of Clarissa Explains It All because that show is awesome and reflect on international trade and the global economy I don t know if you ll be a better person for it, but I think so Maybe after you do all that reading you can help me figure out some way for us not to be Evil. Binge reading Me NahOk, so to refresh the memory of recent events, I watched the final Hunger Games Saturday without a clue who the fuck any of those people are I read Hunger Games 1 yesterday, and loved it Now onto book 2.Loved it too, is it any surprise It s awesome I actually know and people from the movie now So now that I ve expressed my love for the book, allow me to rant I HATE THE CASTING Not all of it, of course, but Peeta, in particular I m sure Hutcherson is a fine actor He s decent looking, that s not the point The point is he s not right for Peeta.I loved Peeta in the first book, my love for him continued in the second He s just so good So pure, so nice Self sacrificial and genuinely well meaning without being a martyr, and the on screen portrayal of him ISN T HOW I PICTURED HIM AT ALL ARRRRRRGGGGGGGG endrantLet s talk about the love triangle If you guys know me, you will know that I absolutely can t stand love triangles 99.9% of the time, they re useless They add nothing to the plot, and they re only a device used to portrayl how ULTRA FUCKING SPESHUL AND BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT AND DESIRABLE THE MARY SUE MC IS.There s a love triangle in this book, and it was perfect If a book has to have a love triangle, this is how it should be done Gale is her long time friend, almost a brother, for whom she naturally develops genuine feelings for Their relationship is based on mutual respect they take care of each other They don t underestimate one another.Peeta is a tool I don t say that in a bad way, like he s such a tool, man I mean that he is a tool for Katniss survival Their love for one another ensured their survival in the Games Despite Peeta s long time crush on Katniss, she doesn t return his feelings, and in fact, held him at arm s length, under deep suspicion until he proves himself.So yes, I approve of this motherfucking love triangle And I than approve of this book.