Catching Fire

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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.

This was a very worthy sequel to The Hunger Games. It was just as action packed as the first, with all of the same favorite characters brought back to vivid life, only this time we get to journey to new places as Katniss and Peeta do their Victory Tour and get to see all of the other districts and the unrest that is stirring in each of them.

It means we’re on your side.” That’s what Bonnie said. I have people on my side? What side? Am I unwittingly the face of the hoped-for rebellion? Has the mockingjay on my pin become a symbol of resistance? If so, my side’s not doing too well.

It was interesting reading about the effect the Hunger Games had on each of the other districts as they meet the families of the fallen and watch the unrest that results from their passing through. Katniss’ survival instincts lead her to try her best to make it appear that their defiance was all a part of a wild love affair but when push comes to shove she finds herself just as instinctively following her heart and feeding the flames of a world catching fire.

I think in many ways this book was more tense than the previous. There are higher stakes at play. Instead of Katniss just attempting to save her life she is attempting to save the life of her family and her district as well. In a lot of ways though she is still just a teenage girl. She doesn’t understand all that is at stake and she doesn’t realize that just saving herself, her family and her close friends is just not going to cut it anymore. Everyone in the country is involved now and it has all gone too far to go back now. She is the icon of revolution and, in a surprisingly believable way, doesn’t even realize it.

The storyline is mesmerizing and it keeps you flipping pages late into the night. I finished this book in one crazy sitting when I stupidly cracked the book open at 9 at night and stayed up until the small hours to finish. The plot is fast paced, the characters are sympathetically drawn and will tug at your heart strings, the world is described in a wonderfully realistic way and the ending will leave you breathless. If you have not started this series yet I strongly recommend reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The third book, Mockingjay is coming out this August and the movie is coming out in another year or so. Everyone will be talking about this series by next year, you don’t want to miss out on this.

3 Responses to Catching Fire

  1. Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf
    6:41 am on April 19th, 2010

    It’s a brilliant series isn’t it! Can’t wait for August. 🙂

  2. Helen Murdoch
    8:10 am on April 19th, 2010

    I have really enjoyed this series and can’t wait for the release of Mockingjay on August 24!

  3. Tif
    9:33 am on April 27th, 2010

    I LOVE this series and cannot wait for August!! In fact, I will probably re-read the first two before I read the third! Definitely worth it!! 🙂

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