Catching Fire Review

catching_fireCatching Fire (The Second Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

Scholastic Press, 2013. 978-0545586177

Synopsis: Now that Katniss and Peeta have been crowned the Victors of the Hunger Games, their lives have become even more complicated than they have imagined. While they and their families are now safe and are well-provided for, there is unrest in the Capitol over their victory. Whispers of rebellion have reached the ears of President Snow and Katniss and Peeta are the catalysts. Can they maintain their lovebirds facade and quash a rebellion or will the Capitol have their revenge?

Why I picked it up: I wanted to make sure I read it before I saw the movie. Plus, I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games and was eager to know what happens next.

Why I finished it: Other than NEEDING TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS, wondering if we were going to see more of President Snow, and trying to pick between Team Peeta and Team Gale, Collins has significantly upped the stakes for our Girl on Fire. Not only does she have to worry about a Victory Tour, but she becomes the contestant in yet another Hunger Games in which the contestants are past winners. And much to my distraught, we are given more characters to potentially come to care about before they fall victim to any of the tricks and traps in the arena. We are also seeing Katniss begin to fray a little bit more after coming home from the games – much like a soldier coming home from a war, the images of horror aren’t going to leave her, and the one person that she could reach out to is also the one person she doesn’t want to ask for help. She’s also painfully aware of the fact that both Peeta and Gale care deeply about her, but she can’t with good conscience seem to return their affections in a way that is real. The plot is fast-paced and well conceived, creating a sense of urgency and hope as the reader watches Katniss struggle both privately and publicly to stay alive. Collins has improved on the original, and I am eager to see how the story will end.

Other related materials: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (movie); The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins; The Hunger Games (movie); Mockingjay (The Third Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins; The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau; Independent Study (Book 2 of The Testing Series) by Joelle Charbonneau; The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins; The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth; The Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau; Shadow Children books by Margaret Peterson Haddix; The Giver by Lois Lowry; Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card; Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams; Maze Runner books by James Dashner

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