Catching Fire - Suzanne  Collins These books kind of … frustrate me, I guess you could say. It's the kind of book I keep waiting to get better, and it just doesn't. I wasn't crazy about the first book – It was good, but I didn't feel a burning desire to pick up the next one. But then everyone told me this one was better than the first and so amazing and so forth, and I liked the first one well enough to read the sequel. So. I read it. And my opinion still stands … Honestly, I just think these books are good-ish, maybe verging on just "okay". I mean, I think the idea is interesting, but I don't feel like it's used to its full potential. The concept is intriguing, but it lacks an organized plot line, an original narration, and strong characters. I find the plot a little hard to follow; it's like, I understand what's happening but I don't fully understand why.Suzanne Collins's writing style doesn't really work for me, either. She uses SO MANY FRAGMENTS, and fragments are one of my pet peeves. Plus, her tone is very dry. There's not a lot of life or emotion to it. I mean, you either have to write really well or at least make it sarcastic or something – anything to make it unique and interesting. But nothing about Collins's writing really strikes me. It doesn't make me feel anything, which sort of bugs me, since she writes in first person and I want to really feel what Katniss is feeling and I just don't. It's not that I can't sympathize with her, I just wish her emotions were stronger.… Which leads me to the characters. Okay, first of all, Katniss really bugs me. She's just the typical "Mary Sue" character like many other female main characters of YA series these days. She's the girl who doesn't know how perfect and wonderful she is, and cries all the time, and gets chased around by all the sexy male characters, blah blah blah. As for the sexy males, I'm not very interested in them either. I mean, if you're going to have some sort of love triangle going on, there should be more of a distinction between the two "options". Peeta and Gale are virtually the same "nice guy" character, and I don't have a strong preference for either of them.So ANYWAY, sorry for the long rant. I know I make it sound like I hate these books, and I don't. They're okay, and I'll read the third one when it comes out, but I'm not dying for it. It's more like the kind of book that I'll pick up and skim just out of curiosity, just to find out what happens – rather than to have an engaging experience actually throwing myself into it, if you know what I mean. Basically, in conclusion, I think these books are good but I don't understand the big hype.