Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Last night my book group met at my house to discuss The Hunger Games, a young adult novel that is essentially about control, government and self. Throw in a little Survivor and a little love and you've got a book you can't put down. (My book group all loved it as well.) I read this book a few months ago and have been anxiously waiting for the sequel to come out. Well, September 1 was the big day.
Catching Fire, the second book of the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, is now available. My sweet hubby brought it home for me Tuesday. I devoured it in one day (sorry kids) and loved it. Matt laughed at my exclamations and sighs, my frustrated grunts and my occasionally weepiness as I whipped through it.
As do most middle-of-the-trilogy books, it ends in turmoil. But the journey was so good. I highly recommend it.
My only question is this, why do love triangles so appeal to us? What is it about the thrill and pain of a terrible choice between two good things get us? This book continues to follow Catniss (the narrator) and her struggle to know herself (and her choice between Gale and Peeta). Also, is it my imagination or are most love triangles about one girl and two guys? Is it less appealing to have a man deciding between two women because historically we see that as normal? Is it because women are the traditional "consumers" of romance and it feeds our egos to be wanted by two men? Hmm. What do you think?