After reading Suzanne Collins’ first book in this series I was excited for more action and adventure. What I got was mostly the opposite. That’s not to say I was disappointed; far from it. The second book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy focuses more so on the political games of the Capital and the Districts of Panem. So much of the book is dedicated to subtle hints that a rebellion is on the horizon. The psychological intricacies of this portion of the story are quite well written which can be a very difficult thing to do after such a successful and action packed first book.
I found that my guesses as to what the Capital was planning to do to Katniss and Peeta to punish them ended up being correct, though I don’t feel that the story was overly predictable. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists Collins threw in with the Games and how it wound up backfiring on the Capital. The story you don’t hear is just as interesting as the one you do. We begin learning more about the rebellion and who is involved as Katniss does which I found quite entertaining and sets up the third book perfectly.
I definitely feel the political drama and build up has sucked me in and I cannot wait to start the finale installment of the trilogy soon. I honestly can’t find any glaring complaints with this second book. It was completely different from the first which helped keep it relevant and interesting. I am very interested to see how this second book will be translated into a movie, as it may be seen as a bit slow by those who haven’t read the books, or simply cannot appreciate a story with some depth. Overall, I would highly recommend this book.