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Publisher: Scholastic ISBN: 978-1-407109-36-7 Pages: 472 Series: Hunger Games #2 Type: Young Adult Dystopian Source: Purchased Goodreads
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have survived the Hunger
Games. Unfortunately for them, their survival comes at a cost as their actions
in the Games have triggered a rebellion against the Capitol. Now Peeta and
Katniss must play an even more deadly game as the nation watches on. With higher
stakes than ever a single wrong move could lead to unimaginable
This is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy (after
The Hunger Games) and one I approached with a little trepidation. While I liked
the Hunger Games I did feel it had been overhyped so I wasn't sure how I'd feel
about this, but I actually enjoyed this a little more than the first. The
rebellion and pressure from the Capitol create a sense of tension from the first
page and I found myself drawn in to what would happen next.
is cleverly plotted, managing to show how a government can manipulate
individuals by making broader changes that affect the people around her.
President Snow is incredibly creepy (his breath smells like blood!) and yet he
never acts against Katniss directly as it is easier to control the people around
her. Some of the twists and turns were surprising, but one major twist was easy
to predict from the political machinations at the start.
Peeta are recovering from the Hunger Games, part of which entails moving into
the luxury winners village on the edge of District 12. But their return shows
them things didn't remain the same while they were away, and they are forced to
continue their "relationship". Katniss's best friend Gale has become more than
that to her and he has looked after her mother and Prim while she was away. I
was impressed that Katniss's mother is finally acting like a parent upon her
This is the book where the love triangle of Katniss, Peeta and
Gale really gets started and for me it is one of my least favourite parts of the
book. While Katniss kicks butt and looks after her family, she struggles with
any romantic connection and spends most of the book floundering around while
Peeta and Gale try to support her. Love triangles are predominant in YA fiction
these days and unfortunately this is one of the ones that detracts from the
The supporting characters have always shined brighter for me
in this series than the leads, so I was glad to see the majority of them return.
We get to see how Prim is doing, and the winners tour means that Cinna, Effie
and Haymitch all have key roles to play. I was thrilled to see Cinna get more
development and a storyline of his own as he has always been a stand out
character to me.
All in all this was a good read and I'm looking forward
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