My Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars
Catching Fire left me with mixed feelings. While I really dig the whole concept of the Hunger Games universe and the struggle that the districts and their citizens face, there are definitely parts I could live without. The whole “love triangle” aspect really did not do anything for me, especially since I was not able to connect with Katniss’s feelings on the subject. Perhaps I am not the target audience for that particular part of the story.
The Hunger Games left me wanting to continue the story so I jumped right into Catching Fire. While I loved the way the story is told I was really quite let down by both the first half of the book and the Hunger Games themselves.
The first half, Katniss really seemed to be naive to the politics and and rebellion sparked by not only the living conditions of the other districts but how her actions affected them. I get that she is young but she has has had to grow up fast and be the primary provider for her family.
The second half also was a little bit of a let-down as the hunger games did not have the excitement as the first time we were there.
Now that I am starting Mockingjay (book 3) I feel as though I could have skipped book 2 entirely.