1. If you don’t like cliffhanger than avoid the next book until the third comes out. The second book has a HUGE cliff hanger of an ending. Love this series and I’m eagerly anticipating the third book!

    • hopeistheword


      It’s not too, too much–NOTHING graphic/***ual. It’s more along the lines of “this is what the public wants” in terms of the overall setting/message of the book (which I know might not make much sense if you haven’t read it). In fact, the protagonist is really just putting on an act (or is she? at least she thinks she is). It only bothered me because I’m just not that much of a fan of romance (except my own 😉 ) — I actually thought the whole thing was rather sweet and innocently drawn, despite the desperate circumstances. Granted, these teens are placed in some DESPERATE circumstances, so you might find it more extreme than I did.

  2. I think I read both ‘The Lottery’ and the one I referenced for this, ‘The Most Dangerous Game,’ in 8th grade. Isn’t that weird? What a theme for 8th grade readers. No wonder I didn’t like that year.

    Thanks for the good review.

    • hopeistheword

      I didn’t mind “The Most Dangerous Game” too much, but I thought “The Lottery” was just plain weird. I think I read them in the ninth grade. It’s interesting to contemplate exactly why we choose that age to introduce our children to the concept, isn’t it?

      I actually had a group of second semester college freshmen read “The Most Dangerous Game” for a class last year. I’m not too sure some of them got it then, either.

  3. Catherine

    Oh, rats, I just found out that I have the second book in at the library. Do I read it and make myself suffer waiting until fall for resolution or cancel the hold and read it in a few months? Decisions, decisions…

  4. I think that the first book was sort of stand alone-ish. The second book REALLY is a cliffhanger, so yes, I would wait to read Catching Fire until you can follow it up with the 3rd.

    Also, I think that the romance becomes even more prominent in the 2nd, and I have a feeling it will be the focus of the 3rd.

    So maybe quit while you’re ahead?? I loved the Hunger Games and enjoyed Catching Fire, but it definitely doesn’t stand alone.

  5. It’s funny that you said “Wow”, because that’s all I said on my blog when I read it! I couldn’t think of anything say! I am hurrying through another book so can start Catching Fire.

  6. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! When I read it, I had no idea there was even going to be a second or third–and was therefore so very excited to read Catching Fire. I think Hunger Games to be the better of the two but both are excellent and I’m with Dawn and the others who CANNOT WAIT for the next installment!

  7. DanaB

    Wow, so many folks really like this one. I’m not one to read ‘best sellers’ for the sake of them, but I surely don’t turn down a good read.
    My teenagers both asked for this book at Sam’s Club recently, so it sits in one of their rooms at the moment–I shall seek and find, I shall!!


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