BOOK REVIEW: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2), by Suzanne Collins

Released: September 1, 2009 (Scholastic)
Series: The Hunger Games (Book #2)
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Source: Purchased

Challenge: 2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge 
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Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. 

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. 

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before… and surprising readers at every turn.

My Thoughts

The second instalment to The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire is just as exciting as the first novel, if not more exciting. I’ll admit that I actually wrote this review after writing one for the first and the third book — having loved the first one and thinking the third was just mediocre — because I didn’t know what to say.

Catching Fire is the story of Katniss Everdeen, who had just won the previous Hunger Games, a battle of 24 children, who fought to the death. While everyone in the Capital looks forward to these games each and every year they’re put on, the victors usually don’t feel any sense of victory. This is the story of the aftermath of the 74th Hunger Games and how the Capital gets back at Katniss for her act of rebellion.

When I picked this book up, immediately after finishing The Hunger Games, I did not expect it to be as good as the first. I thought the first book was amazing and felt that there was no way Collins could compete with what she had produced in the first book. Was I ever wrong!

Catching Fire is action packed, a page-turner right from the start. I couldn’t believe what was happening as I was reading it, couldn’t believe how cruel the Capital could be. The characters are fleshed out even more in this book, which made me set my decision on who to vote for in the end (for the romance, that is. duh.). Katniss still isn’t my favourite character, but I really liked her in this instalment.

The words are true — if you plan to read The Hunger Games, make sure you have the rest of the books in the series on hand. There are only a few series books that are addicting to me, and this is one of them. After I finished reading all three, I couldn’t wait to share them with everyone. They’re that good.

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