Writer: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama (2010)
Pages: 420 p
Bought at:Soekarno Hatta Airport (Rp 65000)
I continued reading the serial in Bahasa Indonesia, after I got mesmerized by the first book. Suzanne Collins is still the best in her genre, and Catching Fire has exactly the same tone, the same tension, and the same lovable characters we fell in love in the Hunger Games.
Catching Fire begins right after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the Hunger Games, the first time in history where two people won the game in the same time. They are so busy with the tour for the champions, traveling into districts they never visited before. But of course there will never be a peaceful time for them. President Snow had warned them, because what they did on the battle of Hunger Games (threatening to kill themselves with poisonous blackberries) were actually considered to be an act of treachery, and has inspired the districts to rebell against the Capitol and President Snow.
There begins the war between people from the districts and the domination of Capitol. It started from small acts, and getting bigger and bigger everyday, where Katniss and Peeta got caught in the middle of it. Who can be trusted? And who are the enemies?
The pace of the book is not as fast as the first one, but still full of adrenaline. Between the heat of war, rebellion, suspicions, and danger, Katniss is still faced with the main problem of her life: to choose between two men in her life, both with their own strengths and flaws. Please don’t imagine the love story inside this book is like the one you see in Twilight series. Katniss is not like Bella Swan, and the two guys who are in her heart, Peeta and Gale, are both having their own weaknesses.You can fall in love with Peeta in one second, and start to think about Gale in the next one. Collins can describe her characters (including the main heroine, Katniss) in a very down to earth way. Every girl could relate with her, without having to enter the fairytale world, and I think that’s the strongest point of her book.
I can’t wait for the final book, Mockingjay, being released in Indonesia and translated by Gramedia.
I read this book for Twenty Ten Challenge, Young Adult Category =)