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It doesn’t take long for me to finish Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins’s second book in her Hunger Games Trilogy.  After the face paced finish of the first book, I was hungry for more Hunger Games [I bet THAT hasn’t been used before].  And with only 50 pages in, I got exactly what I was looking for.  Catching Fire forgoes a lot of the character development and setting up of Panem and dives deeper into its infrastructure and functionality.  It was overall neat as I was wondering how Katniss would be involved in all this, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

Although it seemed rushed and devoid of any of the vivid descriptions that made the first one more interesting and other books overall more colorful [George R.R. Martin could’ve spent an entire chapter of the Hunger Games describing a room vs. the quick plot advances in Collins’s style], I think Catching Fire was an overall better book plot wise and kept me even more glued to the pages than the first book.  And that’s definitely saying something. Major books spoilers below!

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I was able to view an early version of the Hunger Games DVD and was eager to watch it after reading Hunger Games so recently.  While I enjoyed the fast paced novel and seeing how well the casting fit, there were a couple of things I didn’t agree with.  It certainly wasn’t because the producers didn’t do a good job, but rather the idea of book expectations will never be matched with a movie.  I was happy to see the Utopia of Panem be rendered in real life.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a girl living is a dystopia where she constantly fights for her family’s survival.  The government has a political game created to keep its citizens in line where it forces the nation’s citizens to get in a ring and kill each other.  When Katniss gets involved, she learns she has to fight for her survival.  Major book and movie spoilers ahead!

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