Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Publisher: Scholastic Press | 2009 | 391 pages
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So this book is a continuation of The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark of District 12 of the nation of Panem have won the 74th Hunger Games. They must now keep up the act as a loving couple to prove to the other districts and also the snakelike President Snow that they were not actually rebelling against the Capitol.
While Katniss tries to figure out her feelings and relationship with her long-time friend, Gale, she must appear to be in love with Peeta as they visit other districts during their victory tour. Most of the tours appear uneventful except for some but there has been talk that certain districts are planning uprising efforts against The Capitol.
Then there is the upcoming 75th Hunger Games which also happens to be the Quarter Quell edition that occurs every 25 years. To mark such an edition, there is a twist in the Games to make it different from the usual ones. And in this latest Quarter Quell, past victors from earlier Games are to compete again. Two tributes – one male and one female – from each district will be required to participate in the Games.
Since Katniss is the only female victor from District 12, she has no other choice but to be chosen. Her mentor from the 74th Games, Haymitch Abernathy, had been chosen as male tribute but Peeta steps forward, volunteering to take his place.
As the upcoming Games will have older and experienced victors, it will definitely be quite a challenge for Katniss and Peeta. How will they stay on top of the game? Should they form an alliance with others? Who should they trust? Will both of them survive the Games again this time?
After finishing the first book, The Hunger Games, I was very eager to continue reading Catching Fire to know what’s next. It has been a long time since I got excited over any series and I do not know why I waited so long to read this one.
I gave The Hunger Games a rating of three out of five stars in Goodreads but Catching Fire is much better. Four stars. No, I didn’t love it but it was gripping enough to hold my attention for hours.
There is a glimpse of the possibility of the existence of a District 13, which was purportedly wiped off the map after an earlier uprising many years ago. So that makes it more interesting when Katniss finds out about it. I was also wondering if she would make a run for it into the forest with Gale, Peeta, their families and hers since President Snow has threatened to harm them if Katniss is really the cause of the possible rebellion in other districts.
As for the love triangle, Katniss is torn between the two guys, Gale and Peeta, who are already in love with her. When Gale is around, Katniss is drawn to him. But if he is not around because of work or his injuries, she stays close to Peeta. Nevertheless, Peeta remains sweet and devoted to her.
There you have it. The ending of Book Two of the Hunger Games will definitely leave the reader wanting to know how it progresses. Now it’s off to reading the third and final book, Mockingjay!