The Hunger Games
Catching Fire BY Suzanne Collins
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The Hunger Games Summary
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Catching Fire Summary
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. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.
What I gave them: 5 outta 5!! I LOVED these books!!!
Where I got them: My local Library
Ok, anyone that knows me knows that I have a REALLY bad habit of judging books by their covers... (i know i know) This was a case of that.... I have seen these books all over the place steadily gaining popularity in the last two years but could not bring my self to even pick one up and flip through it, because of the plain Blah covers that did not even the tiniest appeal to me. This was MY loss!! Finally after so many blogs and so many friends RAVED about this series (and it's being made into a movie) I decided I better at least check it out and give it a fair chance... Well i was instantly hooked before i even got passed the first two pages of the First Book! I was irreversibly in love before Katniss' first day in the area was over! I am shamed to say that my prejudice towards book covers has done me in again! I should have been a hunger games fan long ago! And since I was so behind in reading these I don't mind putting these tiny spoilers: My heart broke when poor little Rue was killed.. NO .. MURDERED! I don't care the situation.. these poor kids are forced to MURDER one another!
I was out right SHOCKED when the Quarter Quell was announced! It was so cruel and unfair! Like the Games themselves were not bad enough, to Force passed victors back in aged and mentally disabled.. was inhuman. But what broke me.. really and truly was in the end of Mockingjay when that stupid cat with his folded down ears and bad attitude, showed up to find Prim . When poor Buttercup and Katniss wailed together... I bawled! (just thinking of it again now is making me cry) I wish the books kept on coming, but at the same time it was a perfect ending to an amazing story!