Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy: Catching Fire


After The Hunger Games, the story sounded somehow completed, but it was not. Here we are, with Catching Fire, we sees the continuation of The Hunger Games, making us to realize it was all not just about a happy ending story. Catching Fire started with the depiction of the life of Katniss and Peeta after the Games. They stayed with their own family in Vistor Village, joining the ever alone Haymitch, who was their mentor in the Games. However, their portrayal as a pair of lovers to end the Games alive as a pair was reckoned by President Snow as a hint of rebel. In some way, Katniss, the girl on fire, had became the icon of rebel against the over-controlling Capitol over the districts. Not only that, the two had to cope with their emotion and psychology aftermath of the Games due to the events of gruesome and stressed experience to survive the game. Katniss, though very confused between choosing Gale, her hunting partner, and Peeta, realized she was forced to be arrange the marriage with Peeta to cease rebel spirit among the districts. The two victors went around Panem for their Victor Tour to realize more and more about other districts and the reign of the Capitol, with their peacekeeper. This book slowly transformed into a sense of rebellion when the Quarter Quell was held and their changed the rules to reap tributes from existing pool of victor. Haymitch was reaped, volunteered by Peeta while Katniss was automatically reaped since she was the only female victor in District 12. Katniss, the girl on fire, burns on… Katniss started realized her and her mockingjay pin were the symbol of rebel but nothing happened until she defied the game by breaking the force field in the arena. A couple of the tributes were rescued by the rebel, which included Katniss; while Peeta and some others were captured by the Capitol. This book, stopped here with a cliffhanger.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to be read alone, because in my opinion, it served as a transformation from the first book to the ending. In this one, it tells more about the after effect and more about things that happened elsewhere, not just herself her family – but the whole Panem. It was as though the author increased the scale of the story as Katniss grew from a girl who volunteered in Reaping to a national symbol of rebel. Nonetheless, it’s still a good read although it might not be my best choice among its peers.

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