Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Synopsis: 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 her 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 in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.
“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”- Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
My mouth was on the floor when I finished this book. I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is a young adult novel so it’s not saying a lot to the adult crowd with writing styles but it has an amazing plot, the storyline is in tact, very well written, and has great structure.
First off the Victor Tours start this whole thing of with a hitch. President Snow coming and explain to Katniss what she needs to do to stop the uprisings. Then you have the drama that has unraveled from her failed attempt to satisfy Snow.
The idea to have a Quarter Quell every 25 years was just genius. Katniss being the only female victor in her district having to go back in to the games was absolutely crazy but made so much sense for the storyline for her, her family, and friends (Peeta & Gale).
Witnessing her feelings being exposed in such intimate ways for both boys was something to see as well, mostly because Katniss knows she loves Gale but also knowing she can’t fully commit to him. Seeing her going and being in the games you see that she actually really does have feelings for Peeta and just doesn’t know it yet. A District 4 Victor by the name of Finnick comments-in a more sarcastic way-on her love for Peeta, noting that he is not fooled by they’re act. But once in the games and seeing Peeta die before her eyes Finnick-not to mention ourselves-see that there is something more to Katniss, Peeta, and a love story that started from the chance of both of them being forced into the games in the first book.
“Peeta, how come I never know when you’re having a nightmare?” I say.
“I don’t know. I don’t think I cry out or thrash around or anything. I just come to, paralyzed with terror,” he says.
“You should wake me,” I say, thinking about how I can interrupt his sleep two or three times on a bad night. About how long it can take to calm me down.
“It’s not necessary. My nightmares are usually about losing you,” he says. “I’m okay once I realize you’re here.”- Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
The end of this installment in ‘The Hunger Games’ is what has us really gripped to this story. Throughout the games Katniss-for obvious reasons-doesn’t know if she should trust such victors who have volunteered to team up with her and Peeta. Coming to a close it would seem that these are not her allies but in truth they are there to make sure that Peeta and herself are not to be harm in the games, to ensure that they are saved from the arena. After destroying the arena Katniss comes to the understand that everyone around her was conspiring to destroy the Capital’s rendition of entertainment by getting the such involved victors out safely, only to fine that Peeta has been captured by the Capital and that after demolishing the arena her district (District 12) has been annihilated as well.
Overall this was a wonderful read. Anyone that’s read The Hunger Games would not be able to resist reading more also whereas newcomers would appreciate the pleasures of not being disappointed with this most astounding series.