Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
(Book #2 of The Hunger Games)
Format: Hardcover, 391 pages
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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 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 of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.I was initially worried that this book wouldn't quite measure up from my high praises of its predecessor. Suzanne Collins definitely did not fail to deliver because this book was almost as exhilarating as The Hunger Games was. It was full of action, full of mystery, full of revelation and It will keep you on your toes or on the verge of tears.
In the beginning, Katniss tries to go about life as if the games never happened but she knows she can never be the same again. After the games, she finds herself as an icon for an uprising that has been accumulating in the districts of Panem. Therefore caused President Snow to loom over her and the ones she loves on the sidelines. She has distanced a little bit from Peeta and Gale hasn't been around much either.
Once again, my beloved District 12 victors are whisked to another set of the deadly games called The Quarter Quell, where they compete with the other victors of the districts from the past. In the Quarter Quell, we are introduced to the other victors who we're all very complex and interesting. Especially, Finnick. That boy will always have a special place in my heart.
We all know that Katniss such a strong character and here, I caught a glimpse of the desperate girl behind the shell of a warrior. As Katniss and Peeta go through the games once again, they held that bond that they had in the first games as a lifeline and made it even stronger. The character relationships we're as beautiful as ever. Sacrificing and loving. No matter what anyone says, after finishing this book, I just knew that Katniss and Peeta are meant to be. Also, with the others back in the Capitol, other things are unfolding...
I loved this, hands down. It was just page turner. There we're some unnecessary stuff but It didn't really bother me as much. I bought this the day before Spring Break to keep me entertained and you know what? I was already done before it even started! My only problem with this book is that it has the uncanny ability to make my heart stop. It had one of the most anguishing cliffhangers I have ever come across. Trust me, I had my fair share of them.
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