This is a difficult review to write, simply because I don’t know how to talk about Catching Fire: Hunger Games (Book 2) by Suzanne Collins without giving away what happens in the first book The Hunger Games. So, if you have NOT read The Hunger Games I urge you to look away now. (A review of The Hunger Games is posted below.) …..
Okay, now that they have all left, we can talk about Catching Fire. I would just like to say “Oh My God!” If you thought the first book was awesome, this second installment in the series goes to a whole new level.
We start out with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark who are trying to settle back into life after winning the Hunger Games. Katniss, her family, and Peeta have all moved to the ‘victors’ village’ in District 12, and are using their new wealth to try to improve the living conditions of the rest of District 12. Also, Katniss has to deal with the complication of her ‘romance’ with Peeta that contributed to their victory in the game and how that will affect her relationship with Gale, her long time friend and hunting partner.
At the end of the first book, we saw that Katniss’ defiance in the incident with the berries did not make her any friends amongst the powers-that-be in The Capital. Now, in Catching Fire, Katniss is made aware that her actions in The Games have stirred up rebellion in a number of the districts. She, and Peeta, have become a dangerous symbol for those opposed to the oppressive regime overseen by The Capital. How will The Capital respond?
As I said before this book is actually even better than the first. It is action packed and fast paced. If you liked The Hunger Games even a little bit, you MUST read this book.
- ‘Catching Fire’: ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel May Get ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Screenwriter (moviefone.com)
- The Hunger Games (thepaolite.wordpress.com)
- The Hunger Games (Unabridged)- Suzanne Collins [Narrator: Carolyn McCormick] (bookblog76.com)