Title: Catching Fire [The Hunger Games 2]
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction
Rating: 5 Star
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 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Loved loved loved this book far more than the first one.
Lets talk about the characters first. I feel that Katniss had lots of development compared to the first one. She isn’t as much as an ice queen in this book as she was in the first. She tends to act how you would expect a teenager who has been through many awful things would act. She actually cries, which for a good part I was like why haven’t you cried yet? so I was glad that actually happened. You get to also to know about her feelings about the whole Gale and Peeta situation, which had me feeling heart broken at times. I Personally feel she should end up with Gale, its just meant to be, but she will always have a really deep connection to Peeta. I like her better as a strong girl who can kick arse but doesn’t always have her act together. Its more believable.
In this book you also get to see perspective from the Capital people, which in the first book we didn’t get to see and that annoyed me. You get to know how everyone from just the simple people of the Capital to the officials feel about Katniss and all the things that revolve around her. I liked the perspective. I didn’t like how in the first one they were just these people you get no idea of, just know they are there somewhere doing stuff.
You also get to meet more than just the Gale, Katniss, Peeta, and the people who dress them at the capital. You also meet random people, and those who are going to be in the arena. This made it more sad because people you like die.
In terms of plot of theme or storyline or whatever you want to call it alot more happens there as well. In the first book you just see Katniss and Peeta fighting in the games and a few chapters of them at home before they get sent off. This time around we get their time at home, their tour around the districts, what happens AFTER the tour, and another round of games. Though alot more stuff happens in the same nearly the same amount of pages as the last book, some things that happen get skipped over because of the pure amount of stuff that happens. Like when Katniss finds out she can’t say goodbye her family before she goes off to the capital, I feel she would have had more of reaction at the time. She does react later, but at the that it happens is just kind of gets skipped over at the time it actually happens. Some other things probably could have been dropped or shortened, not all sections were thought out all that well.
But from start to finish I was hooked and I stayed up all night to read it and then I straight away read at least a couple of chapters of the third book because I was so wrapped up in it. It did things like make me totally despise Haymitch, which I didn’t think could happen, because he held a spot in my heart from the first book. It also ends of a totally devastating, though great, cliff hanger. I advise those who are reading the second book have the third one handy. If you get into it like me, having to wait to get the last book is going to be painful.
On kinda side note, I can’t wait until the movie comes out. They did a pretty good job on the last one and I’m desperate to see what they do with this one.