Sunday, August 14, 2011

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) By Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins's series launch.

The second book of The Hunger Games trilogy picks up right after Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger Games. They are now back in their home of District 12 but everything seems to have changed for these two.

Katniss' actions in the Hunger Games have set something of great consequence in motion that has enraged The Capitol, particularly President Snow, and she knows that it's just a matter of time before they retaliate. On top of being afraid for herself and her loved ones, she is struggling with how her actions have affected Gale and Peeta. Peeta is hurt because Katniss' feelings didn't mirror his own while they were in the Arena, while Gale feels that he is no longer allowed to be a part of her life. He also had a hard time watching everything that transpired between Katniss and Peeta, even though he knows it was necessary to their survival. Basically, everything is a mess on a personal and worldwide level.

Unfortunately, things only get worse for Katniss and her friends and family. Every 25 years there is a Quarter Quell, which is basically a more involved and celebrated version of the annual Hunger Games. It is also even more terrible than the regular Hunger Games, because there is always a cruel twist that is added to the terms of the games to evoke more suffering among the people in the districts. When President Snow drops a bombshell on literally everyone by announcing the theme for the upcoming Quarter Quell, it proves that no one is safe. Therefore, Katniss must brace herself to fight for what is right and the ones she loves.

In this book more characters are introduced, ones that I have come to like considerably, so I hope that I can see a lot more of them in the final book! Katniss is just as fierce in this book as she is in the first one, and Peeta is just as determined as ever (he is just so darn likeable!). I still haven't seen as much of Gale as I would like, but I have a feeling that will change in the next book.

The end of this book is a huge brain-bang, in my opinion! Certain characters are revealed to be different from how they are initially portrayed, which is a good thing in some cases. Katniss also learns that she has played, and has yet to play, a bigger part in the great revolution to overthrow The Capitol. I can't imagine what is going to happen in the final book, but I'm sure it'll be just as action packed and awesome!


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