I thought I'd better put CATCHING FIRE on hold through our library system today. I'd rather be reading it today, but I didn't know the first one would end the way it did, and I'm really trying to turn some of my reading time into writing time. There's only so much time in the day. I knew the wait would be bad because I had to wait quite a while for the first one. I am now 92nd in line for CATCHING FIRE. So, it looks like I'll meet my writing and revision goals for February after all.
I read GREGOR THE OVERLANDER and the rest of her first series last year, and would whole-heartedly recommend it, if the later books in the series weren't so violent. I loved her characters. If you've read the first book, you know what I mean. The cockroaches were my favorites. And there was this really great bonding moment at the end of the last book that redeemed the series for me. I felt like it needed redeeming after all the death and suffering I waded through. But my husband thinks I'm too sensitive, and maybe he's right. So, if reading about children and teens thrown into kill or be killed situations doesn't particularly bother you, her books are amazing. There is meaning behind the death and suffering, and it's going to be very hard for me to wait for that next book.