Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
The Elliott Review: (Mildly Spoilerish)
I finally decided what this series reminds me of - Survivor meets Gladiator. Suzanne Collins expertly weaves a futuristic tale that is chillingly believable. In this second book, Katniss must return to another version of The Hunger Games - The Quarter Quell - and compete against previous winners of the Games. She makes it her goal to keep Peeta alive against all odds so that perhaps he can inspire enough unrest to lead a rebellion against the Capitol. This book is filled with even more suspense and heart-wrenching dilemmas than the first. I absolutely loved reading every second of it, and I believe that the books will still be of interest to male readers despite the female point-of-view.
For women and girls - the love triangle is enough to kill us all! Normally in any love triangle, I have a very clear idea of who is the obvious and ultimately final choice for the female protagonist. However, in this story I really do love both of the guys. Peeta has such a noble heart, and the way he sacrificially protects and loves Katniss is enough to do any woman in. The way Gale continues to love her despite all the conflicted messages she sends him, the way he desperately wants to rebel, is just ... mwah! That's what eventually tips me in Gale's direction. That and the fact that I think Katniss truly does love him and wouldn't have any issues at all if the stupid Capitol would stop interfering in her life.
The ending of this book was a terribly cruel cliffhanger, and I'm glad that I only have to wait a few weeks for Mockingjay to come out as opposed to the year that most fans had to endure. I'm definitely on the edge of my seat waiting for this one.
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