Once again, the summary for the 2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy really sucks you in:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
I didn’t waste any time between completion of the first installment and this book either. I was hooked. I wanted to read on to find out what was going to happen to Katniss, Peeta ,and all of Panem. Book #2 definitely has its shocking points. I won’t lie, it took me probably about 70-75 pages to get as into the story as I was from page 1 in the first book. But, once I did get really into it, I couldn’t put the book down.
I don’t want to go into too many details, though, just in case someone is reading this who has yet to read the books (and plans on it), but I will say that there are many twists and turns in the book. Some that you’ll possibly see coming and some that you won’t. And Katniss is a little less clueless in this book, so it was a rare feeling of wanting to shake her and point out the obvious that she’s overlooking.
So, I can see why people don’t enjoy this book as much as the first one. I’d have to say that I, also, prefer the first book to the second, but they’re very close. I’ve started in on book #3, which people seem to like the least. It’s too soon for me to make a call, but I’m excited to find out.