From Goodreads: 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.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Purchased: Bought on Amazon
What I Loved: This book to me was even more engaging than the first one. I thought the characters, storyline, and “oh my gosh” moments were done in the most mesmerizing way. I loved all of the new characters that were introduced and the way that most of them tied together. I thought Kat, Peeta, and Gale each grew more into their characters and Suzanne did a wonderful job of displaying that growth to the readers. Kat, especially, learned what she is made of and what she stands for. She has a line in the book where she notes that she is beginning to know herself and I think that was a very important moment in her journey.
What I Liked: I liked that we got to see some resolution of the things from the first book and at the same time, each resolution brought a new development. Taking the book back to the capitol was a natural and well thought out plot move. I think it had to be there and it worked really well!
Complaints: I really did not like the last chapter of the book. I did not knock the rating down because of it but it really changed the whole tone of the book for me. I am a bit apprehensive about reading the next one now.
Why I gave it a 5: I gave this book a 5 because despite my feelings on the way the book ended–it was well written, well presented, and I had to see what happened (even if I wasn’t going to like it)! That to me was worth a 5 rating.
Who I would recommend it too: This is a YA book though with the subject matter I would probably say older YA. I could see this also appealing to the Sci-fi community as it has a combo Running Man/Lord of the Flies type of feel to it.
Author Website: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/