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While easily the weakest of the three, Catching Fire still had more than enough excitement to draw me in and hold my interest. The stakes are higher, and the enemies crueler, and it's even more difficult for Katniss to know who to trust, and when. As with volume 1, I'm holding off on a full review of the series with details until volume 3, but there are some specific weaknesses with this volume I want to address. I felt this book as a whole just was not up to par with the first, both in terms of the action, and the pacing. The first book is brilliant in many ways, and succeeded in capturing my attention like few YA novels can. And Catching Fire just couldn't quite do the same, and in retrospect I guess it was probably unfair to think that it might. The weakest part of this volume had to be the pacing. Collins seems more interested in keeping all three volumes structured in a certain way (3 'books' in each volume, each book with 9 chapters of roughly 10 pages) than she does in letting her storylines breathe and her characters develop naturally. She spends well over one chapter narrating Peeta & Katniss' victory tour through District 11, which is plenty eventful, and then merely brushes through the other 10 districts in less than a paragraph. I find it hard to believe nothing happened in between. I'm certainly not suggesting she draw everything out to glacial lengths like Robert Jordan or George R. R. Martin, but there's a happy medium, I think. By the end, the reader understand where she was ultimately going, but to me it was jarring, considering how well paced everything is in book 1. She does this again towards the middle of the book, between the reaping and the games - not even a Rocky-esque training montage is to be found. Literary qualms aside, there's still enough here to keep a reader interested, if nothing else than to find out what happens in book 3. (Review coming soon!)