Catching Fire

Catching Fire

Book rating: 05 Hardback Hunger Games

By (author) Suzanne Collins

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  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Format: Hardback | 391 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 36mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0439023491
  • ISBN 13: 9780439023498
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 2,551

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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By Ruth Hill 06 Aug 2012 5

After reading the first in the series and being completely mesmerized by it, I could hardly wait to read the second. And I did read it in a matter of days. And all I can say is that if you have read the first book, you absolutely must read the second book!

I felt like the book did an excellent job of picking up right where the first book left off. The characters that we have grown to love were there--Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and more. I found the plot of this book even more engaging than the last. I don't want to put any spoilers in this review, so I won't say much. But I truly think that Suzanne Collins's readers will find this book as engaging or more engaging than the first.

It is nice to report that there is absolutely NO profanity in the book. A sexual encounter is implied (but we all know it did not really happen). The violence depicted in the book is the most difficult part of the book to read. But I will say this--it is necessary to get the point across.

As I read the book, I realized that if we don't start speaking up and telling the government to stay out of our business, we are honestly in danger of having something like this book happen. It seems that as time goes on, we become less and less concerned about government involvement in our personal lives. I am grateful for U.S. checks and balances in our government, and may we fight to keep those.

By Rainy Days and Pajamas 04 Oct 2011 5

Just as its predecessor, Catching Fire did not disappoint in any shape or form. I think I have found a new series to love and drool over.

I loved how this novel kicks off so easily. The story and the characters are just as, if not easier, to get into than in The Hunger Games. You find yourself emersed in this crazy world and, as a reader, you don't want to get out. After each chapter I finish, I just want to keep reading and it's like my brain is nagging at me until I open up and continue to read on.

This book has some serious heart wrenching moments that almost made me cry. There is a little more romance to this story that the last, actually quite a bit more, but it works for the story line so well, that it's not an issue. Suzanne Collins has done an amazing job at writing a series of novels that you just cannot figure out. I've read some other reviews about how the reader thought certain things were going to happen, and those things seemed likely. But alas, those things did not come to pass. I love that about these books. You never know what's going to happen until you read on.

There's just something about this book, about the entire series that keeps you reading. Everyone should read The Hunger Games...and then re-read them.

By Amanda 12 Apr 2011 5

Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)

Even though Catching Fire wasn't as good as The Hunger Games, it is still a favorite of mine and a great sequel to The Hunger Games. I was worried, at first, that I wouldn't be able to jump back into the book because I wasn't really sure what could possibly go on in this book without Katniss and Peeta in the game anymore and just the fact that after reading The Hunger Games I had VERY high expectations about it's sequel.

I think this possibly might be my all-time favorite series now. But then I start thinking about all my other top favorite series and can't possibly choose.

Catching Fire got so many reactions out of me, which a truly great book always does. I screamed and wanted to throw the book across the room so many times due to some of the events that happened. I was hit in the face so many times because I wasn't expecting the events to happen. Which I've always loved about these books because I've never been able to guess what would happen next.

You can see that Katniss has grown a lot since being in the Hunger Games and you get to see the effect that it has had on her. Even though Katniss annoys me at times with the whole Peeta situation, I still love her as a main character.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. But absolutely HATE the cliffhanger at the end. I own the first two books, but don't have the last one yet, sadly. I went to put it on hold, being very happy I was going to be going to the library the next day, but to find that ALL 32 copies of the book that the library systems in my town has, were all UNAVAILABLE. I put it on hold and I'm currently 28 on the list to get it. WHY?!

By TeensReadToo 03 Oct 2010 5

When I picked up THE HUNGER GAMES, it immediately became "The Book" that I recommended to everyone who would listen. I stayed up until the wee hours every night to see what happened next. I blogged about it. I named a stray kitten "Rue." Not surprisingly, when I got my greedy hands on a copy of its sequel, CATCHING FIRE, I practically tore off the cover in my eagerness to dive in. Happily, the second installment of this compelling series did not disappoint. Now the only problem is waiting for the third book in this exciting trilogy.

CATCHING FIRE picks up six months after Kat and Peeta won the Hunger Games. Despite being a national hero and having the ability to provide a nice house and plenty of food for her family, Kat is still worried. She managed to win the Hunger Games, despite the Panem government's plans. Her behavior is viewed by the evil President Snow as defiance, which is never tolerated. She is a well-known, popular figure, so the president will not kill her outright, but Kat lives in fear that at any moment, she and those she loves could be punished for her actions.

Soon Kat learns that her performance in the Hunger Games arena had far-reaching consequences. In beating the government at its own game the previous year, Kat unintentionally demonstrated that the all-powerful President Snow is not quite so all-powerful. Now President Snow expects Kat to prove that she is a loyal citizen who doesn't support the anti-government rumblings that are spreading throughout the country. Her support is vital since it was her act of defiance that ignited the rumblings to begin with. And if she doesn't succeed to President Snow's satisfaction, her family and friends will pay the price.

CATCHING FIRE is a gripping follow-up to THE HUNGER GAMES. All the same characters are back - with the exception of those who were killed in Book #1, of course. Even more than in THE HUNGER GAMES, Kat is largely clueless about the strategies and plots that are going on around her. At times, this can be trying for the reader because by now she should know that everyone has an agenda, and if you're not directing the game, then you're a pawn. Still, her strength is an extraordinary instinct for survival. It's ironic that the Capitol government which created the Hunger Games and tries so hard to keep its people feeling helpless is also responsible for creating a person like Kat. She gained her skills and toughness by surviving unspeakably brutal conditions.

One key difference between the two books is that in THE HUNGER GAMES, reality TV was painted as a villain. A voyeuristic public's desire to be entertained by the suffering of others forced Hunger Games competitors to behave in inhuman ways. The oppressive government that created the competition was largely an ever-present background threat. In CATCHING FIRE, however, the government's cruelty is front and center as its boot heel presses ever harder on the throats of its people. The role of television and at-home audiences shifts in this book, and they become more of a weapon against the government than against the people.

As much as I enjoyed CATCHING FIRE, there were times, particularly in the first half, that it made me uncomfortable. There are so many parallels between the excesses of Panem's government and those of governments around our modern world. Governments that spy on their own people, starvation caused not by a shortage of food but from corrupt government policies, the impossibly wide divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots," and the helplessness suffered by citizens who believe there's nothing they can do about any of it. As I read, I kept asking myself, "How much will these people tolerate before they put a stop to it?" But then I winced time and again as I was forced to ask, "How much will I?"

CATCHING FIRE feels more serious and less like escapist fiction than THE HUNGER GAMES. It executes its message equally well, though, and the fact that I saw some of its twists coming didn't lessen their impact. Author Suzanne Collins has prepared another treacherous arena for her readers - and, as in THE HUNGER GAMES, only some of the hazards are in the fictional world of Panem.

*Gold Star Award Winner!

By Nicola Mansfield 01 Sep 2010 5

Reason for Reading: next in the series.

I won't go into any details of the story or try to duplicate the thousands of reviews out there that have said it all before. I'll just go with my impressions. Again, I am captured by the first page and cannot let go until I finish. Suzanne Collins has really captured the essential ingredients needed for a good YA novel, including fine writing (not like some others I could mention). The book starts off going in the direction the reader expects but quickly is thrown off track as unexpected events are unleashed. The first half of the book follows one line of the story arc, while the second goes in a different direction giving the read two completely different experiences but both end up with the same results.

I really thought this was fabulous, at times I'm not so keen on the second book in a series as it will feel like a filler waiting for the third. But that is not so in this case. The plot is integral to the overall arching story. There are some answers in this volume and we have a better knowledge of what is going on and on character's background. And then the book ends with a cliffhanger! This I do not like. But fortunately I'm reading the book now, while I have the last book already at hand.

My only concern with the last book is that I feel that a main character will have to die for the book to really be authentic. I am sooo hoping it is not Peter, I think his role in their proposed future is the most important, even putting aside that I am biased and on Team Peter as far as Katniss is concerned. I would be willing to except anyone else's death, even (God forbid) Katniss'!, as long as Peter survives. Though honestly, I'm hoping it will be Gale because I think Haymitch would be a cop-out. Don't anybody tell me! I am furiously deleting all Mockingjay reviews so that I remain clueless until I have read it myself. These are just my musings going into Mockingjay.