Top critical review
1 December 2013
Catching Fire, the second book of the Hunger Games starts exactly where we left off the first one. Katniss returns to her district and starts off on the victory tour with Peeta. The love angle...er...triangle develops more, but Gale appears only intermittently and we see more of Peeta in this one. This book starts off boringly, but there is a stunning twist midway that made my insides twist. You will scream No, No, No... President Snow cannot do that. But then again, he is the President and he can do whatever he wants. I cannot tell you the twist without spoiling it.
The second half just picks off super fast, and we turn chapter after chapter to find out what will happen next. The end is a masterful cliffhanger. I was like clicking the next page on my Kindle to see if there was more...but it was the end. I am so glad I already have the third book to continue where the author as such at intriguing junction.
Having said that, there are some points that really hurt the book. The editing of the first half is very sloppy. Whatever happens after Katniss returns home is told in third person narrative. It is all 'tell', no 'show' and hence we don't experience first hand her first meeting with Gale, the disclosure to Peeta that her love was fake, etc. All these points take away the fun from the story.
But this is a trilogy, so overall the second book sets up the stage well for the third one. My hands are itching to read it... and so will yours!