Catching Fire continues the story around Katniss, Peeta and the Hunger Games. In my experience second novels in a trilogy or quartet often lack of adventure or originality. They show the major elements of separating the main couple, following their grief and desperation to end with their reunion. Catching Fire binds Katniss and Peeta even more together, but with no less danger.
What I liked most about Catching Fire is that Katniss and Peeta start as a team right from the beginning of this new Hunger Games. They are no longer on their own, which makes them strong and superior. We already know about their complementary characters and their feelings for each other. The more Peeta and Katniss grow together the more I like them and feel emotionally affected by their every disappointment or victory.
Another likeable aspect about the second Hunger Games novel, in so far an inhuman battle can be likeable, is that there are not only enemies, Katniss and Peeta make new friends.
Catching Fire displays two games simultaneously. The first is a major political and social against hunger and death and for life and reputation in form of the Hunger Games. The second is a personal and emotional one that may have the power to be even more destructive than any Hunger Games before. Cruel actions and traps change with most emotional scenes, affection and signs of love on the one hand and senseless and sudden death of beloved characters on the other. Collins powerful story moves me to tears, makes me feel angry, flustered and ecstatic at the same time, but the end it always leaves me craving more.
This novel is Collins' opportunity to give room for "positive" emotions in a world that feeds from hatred and fear and provide a smooth transition to the last and decisive battle.
The structure of action is comprehensible and as exciting and adventurous as in The Hunger Games before.
Suzanne Collins once again shows her talent as a brilliant storyteller and "event manger". Catching Fire is an unequalled book in the dystopian YA genre, I couldn't lay it down.
Keep a fire extinguisher near you when starting the second novel of this hugely successful trilogy, you'll easily catch fire. And your agitation can only be satisfied by Mockingjay, the final instalment to The Hunger Games series!show more