Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

June 21, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsTitle: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published by: Scholastic Press on September 1, 2009
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 405
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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.

Also in this series: The Hunger Games, Mockingjay
Also by this author: The Hunger Games, Mockingjay

The 2nd book in The Hunger Games trilogy. After reading the first book I was eager to jump into this book and see the fate of Katniss and her love triangle with Peeta and Gale. Honestly, I was never really a big fan of Peeta. Yes, he loved her from the beginning, but I never really saw that love in the romantic sense. In fact, romance was definitely not a big part of this whole story at all, which is usually a deterrent because those are the books I tend to gravitate towards, but Collins kept it interesting enough that I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Collins’ world within The Hunger Games was very creative and when Katniss and Peeta are thrown back into the Hunger Games again, it’s exciting to see how things have changed and the new characters that come into play. This time around you see an even more vast array of characters as victors from all the previous games are brought into play and I actually liked them a lot better than the first round of characters, although I loved Rue, these characters are actually more important to the story and are more developed than the previous ones. I loved the new dangers, twists, and creativeness of the Games and the challenges the players have to face in order to survive.

The book is really just the “middle of the movie” type of story where there’s no real beginning or end to it, not that it’s a bad thing. It definitely leaves you wanting more and I’m glad I waited so long so that I could read all the books straight through. Things are starting to get bigger and Katniss is beginning to see her world change and forcing her to grow and I’m anxious to see how her character turns out because she doesn’t seem to have a real sense of her place in all this and when she finally realizes her role and how things must play out, then the real action begins. I do get a bit annoyed at how she always tries to play the martyr and how clueless she is throughout the story, but that is how it supposed to be I guess, since she must grow and learn in order for the story to progress well.

It was truly a great read and a perfect stepping stone to the ultimate finish line of the whole story. The ending was a bit crazy and unexpected, make sure to keep Mockingjay right next to you when you finish!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins”

  1. Molly

    The second book is definitely not as good as the first one. I think anyone will agree with that. It was weird actually. Really long at parts where nothing is happening and then out of nowhere the plot goes 180 degree in different direction in 3 pages – thats pretty anoying to say the least. Probably a good idea would be to make the book longer (+200 pages?) and let the tension build up more before reaching the highest point. Still my interest was kept continusely. I could not put it down till all was finished… Loved this series. I wish there was more.

    Have a nice day,
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    • Vivian

      Agreed, I loved the first book so much and I’m super excited to see the movie. Will you be watching that?! I really hope they do it justice. Thanks for stopping by!

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