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Catching Fire

Posted on May 27th, 2009 by annakjarzab

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to borrow a copy of the Catching Fire ARC from the office, and I spent all last night reading it. I finished at 12:30 AM. IT WAS GREAT.


I don’t want to be too spoilery, out of respect to the author and publisher and fans because everybody’s trying to keep this a little hush hush for the time being (although, after ARCs are unleashed at BEA, it’s really anyone’s guess as to how long secrets will stay secrets). I will say that the only two things that bugged me in The Hunger Games–Katniss’ seeming lack of intuition, like how in The Hunger Games *spoiler alert don’t look here if you haven’t read it this is all the warning you’ll get* she couldn’t possibly figure out that Peeta wasn’t just going along with the whole “star-cross’d lovers” plot, that he really did love her, even though that was totally obvious to EVERYONE ELSE EVER *end spoiler*, and the NAMES MY GOD THE NAMES–bugged me in Catching Fire, too.

But it’s really hard to be so nitpicky with a book this great. There was a moment about halfway in where my jaw, I’m telling you, DROPPED to the floor in astonishment. I kept sending crazy emails and texts with lots of capitalized words and exclamation points to Alex, who read it before me, making predictions (which were all wrong, BTW) and losing my mind over Peeta, who I love dearly.

A note to my dear friends who read this blog but don’t read a lot of YA: Pick up The Hunger Games, especially if you liked the Harry Potter series. People who’ve read them both might take issue with the comparison, but I actually think The Hunger Games reminds me more of Harry Potter than any other series I’ve ever read. I like The Hunger Games series because it’s ambitious and fully realized and ballsy. It doesn’t pull its punches, and while it’s more violent than HP, in a more gruesome way, it has the same spirit of adventure and rebellion. It might also be a balm for those who chafe against the “Chosen One” idea.

5 Responses to “Catching Fire”

Mary on May 27th, 2009 at 10:55 am Said:


dies. dead. now i don’t even get to read it, because i died. of jealousy.

annakjarzab on May 27th, 2009 at 10:57 am Said:

Nice of you to comment on my blog from beyond the grave. Is it nice there? Are there songbirds and daffodils?

Oh, wait, I’m preeeety sure you went to the other place.

Mary on May 27th, 2009 at 11:03 am Said:

Do not mock me, Anna Jarzab. As a wise (and handsome!) man once sang in a terrific country song, I’ve got friends in low places.

Just not at Scholastic. Dammit.

annakjarzab on May 27th, 2009 at 11:04 am Said:

What does that even mean?

Mary on May 27th, 2009 at 11:54 am Said:

It means that although I am dead (of jealousy) and in “the other place,” I am making friends…probably with the devil (or, at the very least, minions), and they/we will get you for mocking me in my un-be-CatchingFire’d wretchedness.

Which will still not help me get a copy.

Also, this:

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