CATCHING FIRE

Topping the list of highly anticipated books for this week is a YA title, Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire, which comes out tomorrow. Large libraries are showing orders as high as 86 copies, with holds reaching 465.

Lev Grossman covers it in Time this week,

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire expose children to exactly the kind of violence we usually shield them from. But that just goes to show how much adults forget about what it’s like to be a child. Kids are physical creatures, and they’re not stupid. They know all about violence and power and raw emotions. What’s really scary is when adults pretend that such things don’t exist.

Grossman does not compare the two books, but Entertainment Weekly does, finding the second one a “decidedly weaker sequel,” despite having some “great stuff” in the second half and giving it a C (Stephen King reviewed the first book for EW, giving it a solid B).

Stephenie Meyer begs to differ. Earlier this summer, she said on her blog that Catching Fire “surpassed her expectations.”

Lionsgate purchased the movie rights to Hunger Games back in March. Last week, Publishers Weekly reported that Collins is writing the final Hunger Games installment, to be published in the fall of 2010, and will then begin work on the screenplay.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on an ARC, the following readings by the author will give you a taste:

From Chapter 2:

From Chapter 11:

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