Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2)
written by Suzanne Collins
published by Scholastic, Inc.
Why did I pick this book: I read this series last year and loved it so much that it is now on my “to be reread every year” list. I just finished The Hunger Games in anticipation of seeing the movie. (See my review here.) I couldn’t wait to read book 2 again!
Did I enjoy this book: I really did! Even more the second time around. Catching Fire is a second book in a trilogy that doesn’t disappoint and doesn’t read as a second book. So many second books are mere bridges between the set-up of the first book and the climax/conclusion of the third book. While this book does leave us with a cliffhanger, it is still a fantastic second book!!!
It amazes me the small part of the books that the Hunger Games actually play out in, yet they dominate the entire series. They are always at the forefront…much like what the games are for the people of Panem.
Again, Suzanne Collins gets me with her vivid descriptions. The arena sounds amazing. I want to see it! (I can’t wait to see what they do for it in the next movie.) I really want to see Katniss’s dress that changes during her interview. That moment in the book is a “read again” moment for me. (I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read it.)
Other characters besides Katniss and Haymitch were great players in this book. I had forgotten how much dislike I have for President Snow. The way he is described as smelling of blood and roses is so distinct and makes me want to wretch. I had always pictured Finnick as older, in his 40s – not 24 years old. I don’t know why…but this time through the book, I paid more attention and I still pictured him in his 40s. And Peeta…oh, Peeta…such a great speaker, performer, a natural charmer. Yet he is hopelessly in love with a girl who may or may not love him back but has to.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely!!! This is a must read series for everyone.
Will I read it again: Absolutely!!! At least once a year.
About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS (especially if you haven’t read the first book!): Katniss Everdeen won the 74th annual Hunger Games along with her district 12 boy tribute counterpart, Peeta Mellark. In a move that was unprecedented, Katniss defied the Capitol yet stole the hearts of its citizens. The move also made her an unwitting symbol of the uprising against the Capitol.
During the victors’ tour of the districts of Panem, it becomes more apparent that there is unrest and unhappiness. It also becomes clear to President Snow that it is all Katniss Everdeen’s fault.
It is now time for the quarter quell…the 75th annual Hunger Games. Much to everyone’s dismay, the tributes will be selected from the living victors! Who will live? Will the tributes be able to kill their friends in the ultimate fight for survival? Will the uprising happen?