Thursday, July 16, 2015

REVIEW: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) 
The Hunger Games: Catching  Fire (2)
by Suzanne Collins
Genre(s):  Young Adult, Dystopian
Pages:  405
Published: Sept 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Official Summary: "Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

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 her 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 in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn."
Review:  A fantastic sequel to the first book, The Hunger Games. For many books, the second book does not live up to the first book. For me, this one did. Now I am going to keep my points short on this. I figure most people have either read or seen the movies or at least hear about the books by this point. So getting opinions and thoughts on it are easy so I will just stick to the main points

The hardships of district 12 are nicely described without taking away from the pace and focus of the story. It really adds to the world building of the story and more depth and purpose to the series.

I love Katniss' conflicts between running and fighting and her feelings on Gale and Peeta. It is very easy to get where she is coming from. I know some people complained about her actions but once you stop and think that she is just a teenage girl it all comes nicely into perspective. She has strengths and flaws and I appreciate that. Books have enough "perfect" heroes.

The Game: Nice twists on the game arena. This concept enthralled me and really shows Suzanne Collins creative side. From how it is played to the challenges they face. I was quite impressed.

The ending comes up very fast at a point that demanded I read the third book right away. So just a warning you may want to have it ready. 


  1. sounds like there was a lot of world building

  2. I really liked the second book-the changes to the arena, the alliances and the surprises in store. Haven't had time to watch the film yet but look forward to it!

  3. Good review. I really liked this on and the first one; sadly I didn't like the third one.

  4. I was surprised at how good this trilogy was. I also read it straight through. I didn't pick up the books until after I saw the movie, and usually, if I find the movie good, the books are a disappointment, but that was not true in this case for me!

  5. Thanks for the review. I am often disappointed with second book, glad that isn't the case with Catching Fire.


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