My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The second installment of the Hunger Games series picks up pretty much where the first left off, though the heart of the action is actually a year later. Katniss finds herself in more trouble, and not just due to her own actions. There’s another force at work this time, so though she faces a similar fight-to-the-death situation as the first book, she’s dealt a very different hand this time. While she’s very attuned to some aspects of her survival, she’s quite naive in others. She only gets a glimpse of the forces throwing her life into chaos in this book, though…but I’m getting ahead of myself.
I don’t want to post spoilers, so I won’t go into any more detail about the plot. Katniss continues to be strong and assertive in this book, which I like. There is a definite repetition of what happened in book 1, but the end result is very different.
Ms. Collins continues to put every character in jeopardy, so don’t get too attached to anyone. The real warning is this: Don’t start this book unless you have the third, Mockingjay, ready to go when you finish.