I am not sure how to even blog Catching Fire. Short version, I think this is the best fiction book I have read this year. I know I do not read as much fiction as non-fiction but this was still very good.
Katniss is now 17 years old. She survived the hunger games and managed to keep Peeta alive as well. Now she is confused, how does she deal with Gale and Peeta. And President Snow is clearly threatening her family and those around her if she does not work to make sure that the rest of the country is not going to rebel against government and use her as their mascot.
I am not going to get into the longer plot details. This is a book that you want to open slowly.
The strength of the book are the characters. Katniss is not a ur-child. The problem with Ender’s Game (and I love Ender’s Game) is that Ender was nearly perfect. No one is real life is that perfect. Katniss is skilled and a strong character, but she is not perfect. She depends heavily on Peeta and others in the book to get her where she needs to go.