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 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.
If you have read The Hunger Games, you know that Katniss and Peeta were able to trick the Capitol into letting them both survive! (Yay!) This causes the president of the Capitol (President Snow) to become angry at the nerve of the two “victors” for defying the Capitol in this way. But they are victors, so what can he really do to them without pissing off the entire society? Well, turns out there is a surprise in store for the next Hunger Games event. It is the 75th anniversary of the Games, which marks some sort of difference than the normal annual Games. Every 25 years, there is a change of events for the Games. No one knows what the change will be until it is announced right before. What will it be this year? Read and you shall see!
The character of Katniss is still the same strong, determined, badass teenager as she was in the first book. I love how defiant she is (or tries to be) of authority figures and the Capitol. There is something endearing about the way she independently acts before thinking. And Peeta, oh Peeta, still so sweet and protective of Katniss. Gale has more of a presence in this book too, which is pretty awesome.
I absolutely love the creativity that Collins went into for the arena in this book. I would very much like to discuss the arena further, but oh the spoilers! Collins’s creativity really shines in this arena though.
This book is definitely worth reading! You won’t be disappointed. Lots of intense moments, confusion, shocking twists, a teenage girl kickin’ butt, and of course the love story.
Thanks for reading!