‘The Hunger Games’ is Still on Fire

Posted: September 30, 2011 by jerkmag in BLOGS WE LIKE, CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives
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If you already read the first book of “The Hunger Games” series, you should have finished the whole series by now. For those who are worried that “Catching Fire” will be the ‘placeholder’ that the second book of a trilogy series usually is, erase that thought right now. It’s just as good, maybe even better, than the first book.

Ever since she pulled those berries out in the last minutes of the previous year’s “Hunger Games,” Katniss Everdeen has become an icon of defiance and rebellion to the Districts. Who knew being a badass could be so rewarding?

She knows that the leaders in the Capitol are not happy that she outsmarted their plans, forcing them to accept two victors and saving her fellow tribute, Peeta, in the process. But she is unaware of the extent of their ire until she receives an unexpected visit from President Snow, complete with a death threat against Gale’s life should she fail to quell the rising spirit of rebellion in the Districts.

There’s so much more to it, but I won’t give out any spoilers. Every 10 seconds I felt like a gasp or a “WTF” escaped from my mouth. No, the second book is not predictable at all. If anything, there’s as much mind-fucking in this one than the previous one. Yes, it’s that epic.

Although there’s more of eye-candy Gale’s presence in “Catching Fire,” it’s still not satisfying. Team Peeta or Gale? Screw it, Peeta all the way. We’ll see what happens in the final book of “The Hunger Games.”

-Vania Myers

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