Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.
I will say that I like Catching fire more than The Hunger Games because of several reasons. But for some reason, I didn't feel the tense in my nerves during the action scenes. Unlike when I'm reading the The Hunger Games which actually brought goosebumps and etc to me.
We dig much deeper to the personality of Katniss in this book. We see several characteristics of her that we didn't saw in the previous novel. Sometimes, I'm irritated that Katniss always want to be informed. Yes, that's not bad because they should be in a plan. But when she realized she was not informed of a plan. She got easily angry and doesn't accept any explanations. That's the only thing I don't want about Katniss personality. We should learn that some people sacrifice trust for our good. Yeah man! :)
I know you knew this. The book is more on story, less dialog. Well, it's necessary because the book is like an action scenes. And you cannot describe it by dialog. Though you can, narrating it is much better. One of the consequences of more story-less dialog is that we can't see the other characters. We depend on how they interact to our main character to know their personality. BUT, in this book, Collins still give us the basic personalities of the other characters. We see the true Gale. How dedicated and brave he is. We see Haymitch that even being a drunkard still have strong will in life.
One of the reason why I really love this is the writing style of events. Not the style of narration but the style of the events. For example, you see a pen today, then in the future you realized that, that pen plays a great role for your survival. Those kinds of things. Clues are everywhere and they were used during the game. I like those kinds of novel which you realized something helpful from the past.
Again, one thing I didn't like is the redundancy of some sentences in consecutive paragraphs. I don't see this as a spoiler but of you so then don't this sentence. There are these sentences "...I need to save Peeta..." "...my dying wish to save him..." that is always repeated. It's not bad to repeat them but the problem is, in consecutive paragraphs you can see them. For me, the redundancy is hard to ignore. I kind of like "again?" when I see repeating sentences. BUT that's for me. I know some of you didn't even noticed that, but if you do, you just ignored it. :)
So even there are things I don't like about the book, it's still better than the first novel. But for me just little a percentage.
Next book to review is for Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan.