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September 12, 2009 posted by Nikki

Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

After Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games, their lives changed forever. They’re now totally loaded, for one, and Katniss and her mother and sister moved out of their old shack into newer, more desirable living quarters in District 12. That means no more scavenging just to make ends meet; no more hunting for food; no more cold showers. They’ve got everything they could possibly need in the district. Everything except freedom, that is.

Even though they’re home, the Capitol still controls their every move. It’s less obvious at first, and life assumes some kind of normality for Katniss and Peeta for a little while. But then the Quarter Quell is announced – another version of the Hunger Games – and Katniss, Peeta and Hamish find themselves in the middle of another Capitol scheme to ensure complete and utter control over all citizens everywhere.

But the people aren’t having it, and those with enough guts and manpower are revolting against the Capitol’s regime – and they’re using Katniss as their inspiration. If Katniss can defy the capitol in the arena, like she did with the berries, then they can too. If Katniss can manipulate the Capitol through her ‘relationship’ with Peeta, then surely they could find a way to do the same. Their freedom, their quality of life depends on it. Katniss hopes like hell they do, because in the meantime, her and Peeta are the Capitol’s pawns. They have to do what the Capitol wants, or they risk the lives of the people they love.

Love.

It’s certainly an issue that is dealt with in Catching Fire. Although he seems to have accepted that Katniss’s affections for him in the arena were fabricated, Peeta still loves Katniss. And it’s not that Katniss doesn’t feel for Peeta, it’s just that she feels for another, too. Does she love Gale? It’s clear that Gale loves her. It seems no matter whom she chooses, someone she cares about is going to suffer. Then the Capitol picks up on to Katniss’s little dilemma and interfere in a way that makes life almost impossible for her. Can’t choose? No problem. Katniss’s choice is made for her…

After the hugely popular The Hunger Games, I bet a whole stack of you have the Mount Everest of expectations for Catching Fire. No problem. Suzanne Collins takes those expectations, stamps all over them, and proves that she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Her prose is effortless and her characters shine brightly in a world of chaos. Katniss is brave, logical, and she certainly has her priorities in order. When the going gets tough, she doesn’t forget what the important things in life are. She’s an outstanding role model for teenagers everywhere.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll gasp, and your heart will break. I can’t wait for the third book. Pity the release date is so far away!

Rating:: ★★★★★

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13 Comments

  • I’m SO glad you loved it. Wasn’t it just awesome in every way?

    (Team Gale!)

  • I loved it! Great book :)
    Do you know when the 3rd book will be published? I couldn’t find a release date and maybe it’s easier for you to find out as I’m from Austria.

    Greetings from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean 😉

  • I loved this book!!
    and sorry Stefanie! I looked on Amazon and THEY don’t even have it listed! They are usually up there about a year in advance. Even before the cover art!

  • Thanks, Meghan :)
    Well, then we’ll have to wait. Seems like there lies a really long time of waiting before us. ^^

  • I’m Team Gale too Jannsen, even though I feel I understand Peeta a little more now.

    I reckon he should grow a pair. You can’t make someone love you, no matter how much you sacrifice for them. You can guilt them into being with you, but that’s not the same as love.

  • I loved, loved, loved The Hunger Games! Read it in one sitting! I’m # 18 on the waiting list at the library for Catching Fire – drat! I don’t think I’m going to be patient enough to wait for 17 other people to read it before me … Ugh! Already anticipating book three!

  • Cant wait till i read it…its still not available in our local bookstore but its coming soon. anyway sounds good! loved the review

  • i cant wait till i read this one..The Hunger Games was amazing. too bad Catching Fire is still not available in bookstores here..but its coming soon…am so excited …loved the review!

  • oops…sorry i thought that the first one wasnt posted cuz my connection sucks anyway sorry for the annoyance

  • I just got the book, It sounds like it’s going to be great!!!!!!

  • this is the most amazing book ever!
    i can;t wait for Mckingjay to come out!! (the 3rd book) i love Katniss and Peeta! they just have a connection with each other!
    i do love Gale too but I want him to be with Madge for some reason…

  • GALE + KATNISS = <3…i love the books they r great!!

  • I’m a few pages into Catching Fire, and already i’m a little dissappointed, I reeeeeaaaaalllllyyyy wanted to see what Katniss’s sudden return to District 12 was like (also her reunion with Prim and Gale).
    it’s like a huge chunk of the book was left :(
    but i shall read on nonetheless 😀
    loveloveloveloveLOVED the Hunger Games

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