Thursday, September 3, 2009

Catching that fire


I'm in love. That can't-get-you-out-of-my-head, when-will-I-see-you-again kind of love.
I've had these affairs before, of course. Stay up all night devouring you kind of affairs; so ensorcelled, no attention can be spared for anything else.
What I'm crazy about is a stupendous, riveting tale of a post-apocalyptic future where the stakes are so high you think your heart will shatter but you can't look away. You must throw your lot in with these scrappy characters--Katniss, Gale and Peeta.
Nothing is how it seems in this world where an all-powerful central government demands a tribute of children to fight gladiator-style games. Everyone has a secret or two, a survival game of their own to play. Author Suzanne Collins upends our notions about what's to come and jerks us pell-mell in heart-wrenching, gut-twisting new directions. You gasp, you ache but never can you be indifferent.
This is not a review. There are a ton of them out there already. This is more of a rave. I read book one, THE HUNGER GAMES, in a breathless couple of days earlier this year. Now, I've just inhaled the newly-released book two, CATCHING FIRE. But I don't know when the third book in the series will be written and edited and printed and on the bookshelves. When you are in love, this is agony.
Are you on fire, too? Or are you wondering whether to throw a bucket of water my direction?

18 comments:

Tabitha Bird said...

Ooh I want that book! I am going to have to track that one down. :)

JKB said...

Nope. I've read it too...about 7 times in quick succession...and would have read it more had the hubs not appropriated it.

A wonderful book. I can't believe we have to wait to read the end.

MeganRebekah said...

I loved it too! Hunger Games is still my favorite, but Catching Fire was amazing in its own right. I read it Wednesday night and spent Thursday night just poring over it again, taking in all the emotions.

storyqueen said...

Dying to read them both!

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh I haven't read CATCHING FIRE yet. I plan on it after I'm finished with the one I'm on now. I DO understand your love affair though. :) Ain't it grand Tricia? :)

Andrea Cremer said...

Going to the bookstore now!

Tess said...

It's on the short TBR list!!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Tabitha: Oh yes, track it down, don't let it get away!

JKB: Wow. Seven times. I'm impressed. And I sure don't feel bad about wanting to read it again myself.

Megan: I can't decide if I want to re-read them both now or wait until I know book three is almost upon us. Or I could do both!

Shelley: Oh yes, pencil in those hunger games.

Robyn: Being in love with a book, with story, with reading...it really is grand.

Andrea: Go, girl!

Tess: Move it to the top of the stack!

MG Higgins said...

I'll buy it already! This weekend!! And yes, I hate it when I'm in love with a series and have to wait until the next book is written. How can authors be so cruel? They play with our emotions. I'll certainly not do that when I'm a famous author.

Suzanne said...

I've heard of these. I must to read!

Donna said...

May your own readers be madly in love with your book to come.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Mel: I'm not twisting arms!! Well, maybe a little. And I know you will be a very well-behaved famous author.

Suzanne: They are a rocket ride. Enjoy!

Donna: *blushes*

PJ Hoover said...

Coming my way tonight!

Nat said...

I loved the Hunger Games and I'm reading Catching Fire now too. SO INTENSE! I love it.

Anna C. Morrison said...

I've heard of this series, but haven't read it. Now I have to! :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Been gone a couple day and see y'all kept the fires burning~

PJ: COOL--hope you are having fun with it.

Nat: Intense, is exactly what it is. Somehow she maintains tension throughout. And welcome!

Anna: Oh, you must. It's not to be missed.

Shelli said...

i met a scholastic editor this weekend. book 3 is in edit mode. :) yay!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

WOO-HOO! Thanks, Shelli, for giving me the insider tip. Can't wait.