It’s here! It’s finally here! After a year of waiting, Suzanne Collins finally realeased the 2nd installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. It’s entitled Catching Fire and based on the reviews, it promises to be as good as, if not better than its prequel.
It was Fli who first inroduced me to Suzanne Collins, bestselling author of the Underland Chronicles. But it wasn’t the Underland series that cemented her status as one of my all time fave authors. It was her novel Hunger Games, the first book of a trilogy which was released last 2008. Riveting is understatment enough to describe the book becuase you literally cannot put it down. Suzanne weaves a highly entertaining and intriguing spell, allowing you to meet characters that fast become people you can relate to. And the action. Migod, just reading the novel makes you feel that you’ve lost more pounds than when reading that diet pills review. It’s lean, it’s mean, and it hits you hard.
Hunger Games mostly revolves around Katniss Everdeen, a very stoic and resourceful 16-year old living in the remains of the North American Continent where an unknown calamity wiped off most of the nations as we know it. In Katniss’s time, North America is now the nation of Panem, which is composed of 13 states ruled by an autocratic Capitol. The tyrannical Capitol forces the other 12 states or districts to send one boy and one girl every year to compete in the hunger games- a live, free for all competition where the contestants try to kill each other off. The winner brings not only fame and glory to their district, but also much needed food (the Capitol regulates the food the other districts get, successfully keeping them in a continually famished state. This is in order to prevent rebellions against the Capitol).
Despite the harsh conditions and her solemn outlook on life (as evidenced by her views on love and happyness), Katniss manages to charm the reader enough that you’ll find yourself holding your breath as she tries and manages to evade certain death. She’s that kind of heroine that screams- human! Although outwardly tough and skillfull, there’s a vulnerability about her that makes you just want to wish that everything will turn out OK in the end. Her misgivings and obvious error in judging the intentions of co-competitor Peeta Mellark just serves to enhance her “real-ness”.
The plot is also something that would make you shake your head in amazement. It’s simple enough to follow but very intriguing that it’ll guarantee to keep you hooked as you turn page after page after page.
I honestly could say that turning the last page made me really sad. It was as if I had to say goodbye to friends with whom I started a journey with and who I now had to leave behind. Needless to say, the release of this new installment just brightened my day. I can’t wait to read it!