Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

As I continuously read the striking fictional novel, Catching Fire, written by Suzanne Collins. The novel gets more and more descriptive. It takes you through a journey and is brilliantly plotted. Readers will be attached and obsessed with the constant suspense. It feels like you’re in the character’s shoe and feel the same emotions as them. The prestigious heart pumping novel is captivating and also is a story of love, revenge, and family.

However, District 12 and others are celebrating the following tributes, which recently won the Annual Hunger Games. As the two tributes, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are traveling on tour through the districts. President Snow, President of the Capitol, has spoken to Katniss that she and Peeta must be truly in love. The future couple must convince the President and others around the districts that they are in love and must create a distraction of the rebellion. ‘’During ceremonies, we are solemn and respectful but always linked together, by our hands, our arms. At dinners, we are borderline delirious in our love for each other. We kiss, we dance, we get caught trying to sneak away to be alone. On the train, we are quietly miserable as we try to assess what effect we might be having.’’(71)  If they so ever don’t fulfill the expectations, both of them are threaten by President Snow. That he will kill the people that they truly love. They are thunderstruck with a twist that will shock others of Panem.

Once and for all Peeta and Katniss are returning to the games. They will compete with the winning tributes that previously won years before. ‘’He runs his finger under the flap and pulls out a small square of paper. Without hesitation he reads, ‘’ On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors.’’(172)  They must fight in till the death. As troubles arise through the Districts, people are uprising because they have hope that one day they will live in peace, equality, and happiness. Katniss is giving people hope that they can easily alter the Capitol’s duty to maintain the government. Everyone is rebelling against the Capitol. ‘’ I saw something on the mayor’s television. I wasn’t supposed to. There was a crowd, and fires, and the Peacekeepers were gunning down people down but they were fighting back…’’ ( 99) States Katniss.  Therefore, President Snow is not pleased. Katniss is the symbol of the rebellion and the key to hope. Complications arise and Peeta and Katniss must put their trust in others since they are the target and don’t have the most gifted abilities as the other tributes.

In this manner, I was hooked and impressed from the author’s work. She constructed a gripping storyline. Collins discovered a whole new chapter that set the tone for young readers. The type of readers that will enjoy this book is adventurous, romance, science fiction, and loves action. Everything was so detailed and planned substantially that it was unproblematic to follow. Collins incorporates humor, romance, and a violent storyline. She uses vivid descriptions and uses precise words. ‘’I demand an answer from myself and slowly the world comes into focus. Blue water. Pink sky. White- hot sun beating down. All right, there’s the Cornucopia, the shining gold metal horn, about forty yards away. At first, it appears to be sitting on a circular island. But on closer examination, I see the thin strips of land radiating from the circle like the spokes on a wheel. I think there are ten to twelve, and they seem equidistant from one another. Between the spokes, all is water. Water and a pair of tributes. (268)   After reading, I comprehend the scenery and imagined it in my head.

In addition to ‘’Catching Fire’’, here are some songs from the soundtracks that are truly admitted into the movie. ‘’Silhouettes’’ by Of the Monsters and Men. In this manner, it relates even though you’re in danger and in darkness be ready to execute because you’re going into battle empty handed. ‘’Finnick snaps awake instantly, rising to counter an enemy. But when he sees the wall of fog, he tosses a still-sleeping Mag onto his back and takes off. Peeta is on his feet but not as alert. I grab his arm and begin to propel him through the jungle after Finnick. (298) Indeed the song ‘’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World’’ by Lorde. The song intervenes with the people in the districts because they want to control the Capitol. Which in fact are doing a poorly job.

The author developed loyalty throughout the book, by Katniss values loyalty as much as trust. In the arena, other tributes, including Katniss have to rely on her fellow tributes in order to survive. Katniss and Peeta are loyal even though if it results in their own death. Overall, ‘’Catching Fire’’, the second book of the Hunger Games Trilogy is electrifying and has a hypnotic quality that every reader should put  on their bucket list. Think twice and consider this star- crossed book.

Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire, Book Two. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Print






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