I had doubts about this book before I ever picked it up.
There was a list of things in my head that it could never do.
- It could never be as amazing as the first one.
- They would NEVER go back into the arena and therefore, it just wouldn't live up to book #1.
- The arena was it for me -that's where Katniss's character developed into a person I cared about and without that, there was no possible way Suzanne Collins could make the second as interesting as the first.
It started out slightly subdued, which made it feel like it was dragging a bit...until something major happened. From then on, I couldn't put it down. And when I was sure something couldn't happen, it happened and it made sense -the hows and the whys went together nicely, not forced like so many sequels tend to be.
I lost sleep over the first book.
again, I lost sleep over the second. It was that good. Finished in less than two days.
The only drawback I found in book 2 was the love triangle between Katniss, Gail and Peeta became familiar. It quickly reached the point where I thought, oh no, it's Twilight all over again. That horrifying moment soon passed and, thankfully hasn't reared it's ugly head in book #3 as of yet.
Otherwise, a great read! Get it, read it!
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