Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The first book ended with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark winning the 74th Hunger Games.
I’m relieved that I discovered the books after watching the movie, Hunger Games. Because if I have read the 2008 book when it was released, I would have been so impatient in waiting for the next one to arrive. Luckily, I can read the books continuously.
This time, I’m sharing with you my review of Catching Fire. The book continues the story of Katniss, the only female victor from District 12. It revolves around the aftermath of her victory.
** spoiler alert
- Katniss’ rebelliousness (berries) in the 74th Hunger games angered the leaders of the capitol.
- President Snow threatening Gale & Katniss’ family’s lives unless Katniss convinces the people that she and Peeta are madly in love.
- The victory tour where she and Peeta visits all 12 districts of Panem starting with district 11, where Katniss’ friend Rue came from.
- the romance part where Katniss starts to get confused with her feelings for both Peeta (her co-victor) & Gale (her best friend).
- Katniss discovering the ongoing rebellion in the districts.
- 75th Hunger Games wherein former victors are entered again in the survivor game including Katniss & Peeta.
- Rebellion finally started and is now full-blown.
- Peeta being captured by the Capitol.
- District 12 has been bombed and destroyed.
Most young adult books focus on love or supernatural abilities. The Hunger Games trilogy doesn’t do those at all! We can certainly relate with the characters especially Katniss. She’s not a damsel in distress that needs rescuing from prince charming. I like that the female lead character is strong and sophisticated. This is really just a story of survival, friendship, government, control, love, friendship and family.
Like the first book, I was totally excited about what would happen next. I would quickly read Catching Fire trying to guess succeeding events but I failed. The story wasn’t predictable at all and I really appreciated that!
Suzanne Collins was successful in improving the first book and I was even more psyched to read the third book. Catching Fire was very well-written. I don’t have any complaints with it at all since there wasn’t any dull moment. I was trying to catch every single detail in the book hoping to understand/participate the ending.
The 75th Hunger Games is more deadly and the tributes personalities’ are more interesting. In Catching Fire, we get to know more of each of the characters and their stories. I can imagine how cool the next Hunger Games movie will be. November 2013, I can’t wait for it!
Hardcover: $11, Kindle Edition: $8