Catching Fire is the second novel in The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. This one takes up pretty much where the first one left off. Katniss and Peeta have returned to District 12 where they have settled into their houses in the Victor’s Village. They are about to embark on their Victory Tour of the other districts when Katniss receives a startling visit from President Snow who tells her that even though she has won The Hunger Games she will not be able to live a peaceful life. At least not while the threat of rebellion is upon them. Katniss finds herself having to fall into the role she thought she had left behind to keep all the people she loves safe.
This one was just as much a page turner as the last one was. I loved getting to see more of Katniss outside of the arena. This book is more intense than the first one, in my opinion. There is so much going on and much much more at stake. All the themes in the first book were amplified and seen in a different light. I got to see more of the mindset of the Capitol and a glimpse into the other districts. So many things happened throughout this book, it’s really hard to believe this was just one book and not two or three.
I had so many questions while reading this that I couldn’t possibly put it down until I had gotten to a whopper of a cliffhanger! That’s right, this ends with one heck of a cliffhanger. This is why you must have the sequel sitting beside you once you get close to finishing this one because you’ll want to start it right away. I don’t really want to say more because I would give something away, and I wouldn’t deny you the pleasure of reading it for yourself. So please go out and get this series (it’s best to have all three on hand before starting) and read them!
Until next time, happy reading!
I imagine many of you have heard of this book and the series, and many more will discover it as the movie premiere draws closer. I heard about these books a while ago, but never really looked twice at them. I had no idea what they were about. It was not until I saw the link to the movie trailer posted in my friend’s status that my interest was really piqued. This happens to me often it seems. I’ve heard of a book, but only really become interested in it after I see it’s going to be a movie. I have this thing where I like to read books before I see a movie whenever possible. I almost always do so this was not much different. I watched the trailer and was immediately intrigued. I couldn’t wait to read the book and its sequels.
The Hunger Games
is the first book in the series and introduces us to Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old girl, who is living in District 12 in Panem which is located in what was once called North America. Every year two tributes, one boy and one girl, are chosen from each district to participate in The Hunger Games, an event designed by the Capitol to punish the districts for rebelling almost seventy-five years ago. The rules of the game are simple: kill or be killed. When her younger sister is chosen as the female tribute, Katniss does not hesitate to volunteer to take her place. Katniss is whisked away from the only home she knows to compete against twenty-three other children ranging in age from twelve to eighteen.
To say I devoured this book is a bit of an understatement. The only reason I put it down was because I was so exhausted I couldn’t keep my eyes open a minute longer. This is a hazard to starting this book late at night after a busy Christmas Eve. There is so much more to this book than a teenage girl forced to fight for her life. There are so many themes and statements about the dangers of power and class systems that give this book such depth. Katniss is a strong leading character, and it is easy to walk around in her shoes and see the world from her point of view. This book is a real page turner and one I would recommend reading when you have a good chunk of time to read it all the way through because, trust me, you’re not going to want to put it down once you start. I know I didn’t.
I thought about reviewing all three books in this one post but realized that I could be giving away a lot of spoilers to those who intended to read the series. Therefore, look for upcoming posts on Catching Fire, and Mockingjay in the days to come.
Until next time, happy reading!