I stumbled upon this series totally by accident. Er...sorta. I was planning on reading the series...really, just closer to the movie after THE REST OF THE WORLD had read them and I could read them alone...sorta.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
How I fell into this one: I had asked my friend Kay, via Facebook, if I could borrow her copies while visiting her in Colorado. The day we were to leave, she commented that she had the books on her Kindle and wondered why I didn't borrow it earlier in the week. I said that I didn't know and borrowed the Kindle immediately, as I had to read two books in less than 24 hrs. not counting, sleeping, packing and watching the child time. Just incase you were wondering, I did it.
Just incase you don't know the plot, here it is from Goodreads:
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.
Peeta, seriously, I spent this whole book liking him more and more and more. No matter how much Katniss misread him (and, I couldn't believe that she was still...er...I'll save that for 'dislikes') he was there for her. I love how Collins added just simple gestures to let us know that Peeta would do anything for Miss Everdeen and she doesn't see it. Cinna is my favorite character, he is like 'Sassy Gay Friend' meets Rupert Evert meets every girls dream boat. He laughs, he cries, he creates spectacular clothes and he's a perfect 'Jimmie Cricket'. I do feel a little guilty that my favorite characters in this female driven book are male, but c'est la vie. I'm do like how Kat seems to be seriously conflicted between her two male best friends and I like how she's beginning to understand her role and how wonderful and powerful she is to the world and to herself.
I'm really glad that Katniss gets better in the next book because I spent most of this book wanted to give her a little shake. I mean everytime she talked or reacted I wanted to shake her ever so lightly, and say something like "Girl, please!".
What I thought about the series as a whole?!
I am in love with this series and look forward to talking about it with my students.