You may recall that I was one of the lucky few to score an advance reader’s copy of Suzanne Collin’s Catching Fire at Book Expo. I immediately took a picture of it, such was my disbelief at holding a copy. And now I’m ready to give it to you, but more on that in a bit.
Catching Fire is the follow-up to the incredible Hunger Games. Now, unlike so many of the good fans out there, I did not have the opportunity to read it the same night, or even the same weekend. No, it took me a vacation to have the time to enjoy it. And now I can tell you that it’s as unbelievable as the first. Katniss Everdeen is truly now one of my favorite fictional heroines. It’s especially poignant to read it now while also reading about the happenings in Iran, but I’ll say no more to avoid spoilers.
I stalked introduced myself to Suzanne Collins at Book Expo, and a quick first impression suggested that she is a lovely and pleasant woman. One could imagine a bird coming and landing on her shoulder as she walks through a flower-lined forest path. And yet, on reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, you realize that there are some very dark recesses in her imagination. VERY dark. And I’m thankful for that, because it’s what makes her books so extraordinary.
Anyway, I’ve finished the book and now it seems tragic for it to sit on my shelf when it makes such fantastic vacation reading (the publication date is not until September 1). So, I’d like to give it to one of you. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. I’ll choose a winner at random from all comments left by Sunday 6/28 at midnight EST.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, I highly, highly recommend it. I talked my mom’s ear off suggesting it for her book group, whose latest selection is Twilight. Those of you who have read both books will understand that we’re talking about two different leagues here.
UPDATE: Congratulations, Alyssa! You’ll be Catching Fire this summer.