Thursday, September 27, 2012

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins (5/5 stars)

Title: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Published: September 01, 2009
Genre: Dystopia
Hardcover: 391 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

" 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 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 of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn. 

Catching Fire begins with Katniss and Peeta back in their new homes in the victors’ village in District 12 before they go on a victory tour in every District and in the Capitol. When the first book ended, we all know that a happily ever after wasn’t waiting for Katniss back home, and her fear that the Capitol will retaliate because of the berries became real when President Snow himself came to her house to threaten her and Gale’s life. Now she has to marry Peeta to convince Panem of their love, but will that be enough to convince President Snow? She denies her feelings for Gale but in this book, everyone else can see that she loves him. They can’t hunt in the woods together anymore because Gale has to work in the mines to earn a living for his family. We see more manifestations of oppression of the Capitol when they start their victory tour, particularly in District 11, where Katniss witnessed a man being shot by peacekeepers and heard a few more gunshots after her speech stirred the people in District 11. To the point that Katniss thinks District 12 is a much better place to live in than the other districts because they have more freedom. However, that changes when a new peacekeeper arrives. The book starts out slow but that didn't affect my overall satisfaction with it, I thought it was still as suspenseful as The Hunger Games, and there's a good surprise in the end. My favorite part would have to be when they finally found out how Haymitch won the Quarter Quell games. Woody Harrelson did an outstanding job portraying Haymitch and after watching the movie (I suggest you watch The Hunger Games movie first before reading Catching Fire), and reading how he won, Haymitch has become one of my favorite characters! 


  1. yeah, the whole series is pretty amazing. Did you watch the movie?

    1. I finished the first book first before watching it but I'm glad I was finally able to watch the movie :) there were some omissions like how beautiful Katniss' voice is but I thought the movie was pretty okay.

  2. I still haven't started this series. Shame on me! But, I really want too. :)

    J'adore Happy Endings