Mature Theme

I still don’t want to say too much about this book since many students are still waiting to get their turn for one of the two (soon to be three) copies of Hunger Games. 

As a sequel to Hunger Games, (reviewed earlier) Catching Fire surpassess the high expectations I had since first meeting Katniss and Peeta.  The theme of the series is a bit more developed in this book while not losing sight of the characters or the drama. 

Katniss is still torn between Peetra and Gale and how best to keep both safe from the turmoil created by the earlier games.  The uprising against the government with Katniss as the unsuspecting “poster child” has the government watching her every move.  And the government does not  play fair.  

Friendship is a  poweful theme in this book along with the concept of sacrifice for the greater good.  But, as in all well written novels the concepts slip up on you while you are involved in the adventure  and characters of the story. 

Finishing this book leaves you very sad/upset that the next book is not yet published.  After you finish this book come by and see the altered book I made about Catching Fire.  After I  read the Advanced Reader’s Copy  I had couldn’t really tell anyone about the book because I did not want to give away all the suspenseful drama…. but I had to express something about the book.  The altered book is in the library.  Come by and see it.

I would rate this book 10 out of 10 possible points.  Keep up the good work, Suzanne Collins.


Oh my, what can I say about this book?  It is the hardest and easiest book to read.  It is easy to read because the sentences are short and it is told through a young girls words.  It is hard to read because I know there are young girls experiencing this situation even today.  It is the story of a young girl in India who is sold by her stepfather.  She thinks she is going to the city which she has never seen to be a maid.  She accepts this situation with grace and dignity.  But the buyers want more than a cleaning woman.  She is sold into prostitution.  The story is tastefully told with the young girls feelings well expressed.  This book is emotionally very powerful.  Because of the mature content I would not recommend it to students below high school level.  But, parents might feel their junior high students could handle the book.  Discussion of this book might help change the world situation. 

There is so much to admire about the writing in this book.  The joy and happiness of a Lakshmi’s life in India is seen along with the poverty of her village.  The dignity of her mother is contrasted with the stepfather who deserves no admiration.  Lakshmi’s life is simple and  her trip to the city exposes her to things she has never seen or known. (electricy, televisions etc)  Her innocence is sharply contrasted with the adults who traffic in human beings for a living.  The worked she if forced to do is contrasted with the kindness of people caught in the same trap.  In the end Lakshmi’s courage shapes her future. 

National Book Award Finalist