Catching Fire: The Second Book of The Hunger Games: The Second Book of The Hunger Games

Hardcover | September 1, 2009

bySuzanne Collins

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The powerful second novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author 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.

Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in this second novel of the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.

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The powerful second novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author 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 a...

Suzanne Collins is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series, which has more than one million books in print and is available in seven foreign editions. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Also a successful wri...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.52 × 5.78 × 1.3 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The book starts a little time after the first book ended another page turner amazing story. Couldn't get enough.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great second book in the trilogy! Sometimes in a series, the first book is amazing and the second book falls flat. This is not the case with this book. I loved the first book, but this one is an even stronger book in my opinion. Again, we see the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. We are also introduced to some other strong characters - Johanna, Plutarch Heavensbee, and of course Finnick. Fabulous.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire I actually really enjoyed the second instalment of the series. Great plot!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from alright Catching Fire is not as good as the first book, but it was still a fun read.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Good second book, though certainly not as good as the first.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Great second instalment though not as enjoyable as the first.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Not as good as the first but it was still okay
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! really, really good. amazing book!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! really, really good. amazing book!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I thought it was even better then the original!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best of the series This book is by far the best of the series! It was gripping and the plot line made total sense, hard to put down!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel Truly recommend
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy it as much as the first book It's kind of boring because things are juust kind of repetitive. But you get to be introduced to more interesting characters, which is great.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Close Second Not my favourite of the series but far from a bad book! Well written and though provoking, this novel takes a look at life post hunger games and the relentless power some people continue ti hold.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worst Book in the Series Spoiler Alert: This was my least favourite book of the series, and also the least memorable. The other characters overshadowed the main ones, and I didn't quite feel the same sense of urgency and need to have them safe as I did in the first book. The most memorable scene here was when Gale was whippe]; it was a good scene in that it made me feel rage at what happened, but it still doesn't excuse the rest of the book. The entire environment was not as important to me, and I did not have the same immersed feel when reading this book as I did the first. The entire section of the book that took place during the 75th Hunger Games felt too short and not as important to the plot - at least, that was the impression I got when reading it, even though it was one. I did not care much for the outcome of the games this time around, and although the end of the book was surprising, I still finished the book with dissatisfaction. The romance was not done as well, and there did not seem to be anything plot related for me to stick to or speculate over. While the next book improved a bit, this one left much to be desired. While it is the bridging book between the great beginning and the anticipated ending, it could have been done much better plot wise and character wise in the way it was written. I didn't quite care for any part of this book that would make me want to hope for something at the end, and for that reason it will always be the in-between book that left a fleeting impression on me. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Amazing continuation to the series! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read love the whole series, the first one was definitely better but this one is still a good read!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from even better then the original! This book was even more action filled then the original while keeping the same tradition as the original. It introduces some great new characters with some great character development of old characters. Could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Not as good as the first one; but still a good read.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthy sequel Very good sequel, lots of drama and action and great twists. A great sequel setting up an epic finale!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Not as good as first but still awesome
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! One of my fave series, reread it all the time!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Again, I liked the concept but not the writing style. My favourite book from the series.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than The Hunger Games I honestly can say this is my favourite book in the series. I am not a big fan of love triangles so I rated it a four, not five.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite in the Series Honestly. super intriguing and active. I could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series A great addition to the series and my personal favorite. Much better than the movies.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting This book has a great mix of action and political themes. Had me hooked from the very beginning.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! Second book in The Hunger Games Series is just a riveting as the first. Be prepared to lose sleep while reading this book.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing x2 I was so excited to read this book after finishing the first one so quickly. As a reader, you are so fed up with the capitol that this book can't be put down until the very last sentence so you know what happened. Can't wait to read the third one!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Love this continuation to the Hunger Games. Must read for all fans! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it love it
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! I love the 2nd book in this series... very much the first book in the series it tells about the pain and angry feeling the main character has for the gov't... I really like how the author describe the game and you can really imagine and feel whats happening during the game...
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I found this book to be okay. Not really what I expected from the sequel, but it was definitely better than the conclusion to the series. This wasn't a book I struggled to put down, though.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing after reading the first one i had to read the second one wanted to know what happened next
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it! Many say that this is the most boring book in the trilogy, but I think it has some great character moments and advances the plot.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The rare instance when a sequel is better than the original Catching Fire is even more intense and electrifying than Mockingjay. It introduces new and interesting characters, raises stakes, and puts everyone's (raw) feelings on the table. The critics are right in that if you don't like Katniss, you won't like it. (Probably you won't like any of these books if you don't like Katniss.) But I very much appreciate her--flawed, vulnerable, dealing with trauma, sarcastic, driven to survive, passionate, and despite her best effort, attached to too many people she's trying to save or protect. She never feels like just an archetype.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok not better than the 1st one but still enjoyeable
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Follow Up This book was a great sequel to the first. I love that it is still just as dramatic and thrilling. The author has a way with making you stay loyal to the characters and see them through to the end.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trilogy Had to read this as soon as I finished the first book and it definitely didn't disappoint.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good. Still good though. A lot of repetition from the Hunger Games. I still enjoyed it, though, and it helped to set up the third instalment. Great to see a strong female protagonist. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book kept me on my seat the entire time I read it. Once I started it I couldn't do anything else except read until it was done.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not As Good As The First Thought this one was alright but it felt more like a filler just to get to the last one. Expected more considering how the first book as really good.#plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok The book was OK but the first was a lot bette
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mediocre Once I finished the first book I just had to read this one! Definitely a nice series to read.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from super nice i love finnick
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just wow Personally, I believe this was the best book of this trilogy! Suzanne Collins is able to make you feel 10 different emotions in every chapter, from anger to excitement, from joy to sadness, and if that's not what a good book is made of, I don't know what is.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire Suzanne Collins has satisfied me again with another great book, I think it is just as great as the first. Suzanne Collins has done it again with her great writing skills.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD BOOK I like it and read it two times. I really lie the series and sagest that you read book one , two and three! Oh and please read my revew on book 1 !!! I will be righting a revew for book 3 soon
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was astonishing. After finishing the first Hunger Games I was looking all over for this one, and it did not dissapoint.The suspense was everywhere, and I couldn't stop reading. I can't wait to read the next book, and watch the movies. =)
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept you on the edge of your seat I loved reading this book. I had seen the movie first and then read it, I have to say it was far more interesting reading it. There was so much more to keep you reading and wondering what will happens next. I felt like I was seeing every thing that Katniss had done. There was so much detail I Could not put this book down had to know what was going to happen next.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire I myself, thought that Catching Fire is the best book I have ever read. Katniss takes a perilous walk through the Hunger Games that leads her to the Quarter Quell. The characters in this book play an excellent roll when getting to know the story plot. So, if I were to rate this book, it would be a 5 star rating due to the fact that it draws readers in so it seems like you are the one about to get slaughtered or hurt.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I enjoyed this book but I didn't find it as good as the first. I would still recommend reading it. .
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just when you thought your were out... Catching Fire is an action-packed follow-up to the Hunger Games. While the story opens with a more settled Katniss, post-victory of the 74th Hunger Games, you can't but help feel a dark, foreboding feeling that her troubles are not over yet. Collins manages to make lightening strike twice with an exciting, dark, and thrilling story that delves deeper into the unrest that threatens the status quo of Panem, and the power of the Capitol. Arguably, Collins' pulls off an amazing feat of writing by capturing the same sense of thrilling plot twists of the original Hunger Games, without the story feeling tired, or formulaic.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This serie is amazing!
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good sequel to an amazing book The second book in the Hunger games series continues the great writing and page turning action of the first book. It is rare for a series to maintain momentum throughout all the books but Suzanne Collins manages to do this well.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling conception A well-conceived and fast paced sci-fi thriller with a story interesting enough to get the reader passed the histrionic irrationality and indecision attributed to the teenaged protagonist. The geopolitical issues underpinning the plot line are worth examining.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I enjoyed the book and movie. Can't wait to read the last one.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Just as good as the 1st! Couldn't put in down. Finished it in a day. Can't wait for the finale
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Long story Shame I feel sorry for everyone on Katniss' side in this book, especially Gale and Peter
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series Finished the series in 2 weeks absolutely love this book!
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. I loved it, worth buying and reading.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I love this whole series! This is just another awesome installment adding more layers to Katniss and the world of Panem
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best of the trilogy An exciting read. Read the entire trilogy in a single weekend. This was my favourite of the three.
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!! These are the best books ever!!!
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A strong follow up.. A strong follow up to Hunger Games that expands on the world and explores the deeper side of the characters relationships.
Date published: 2014-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hunger games Loved it very dark in places
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I read this book last year and it was amazing. The story is more complex than the hunger games. The ending was unexpected but I still thought it was good. Love that we meet new characters. I am excited to read the next book and find out what will happen next.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the best book ever Hunger Games-Catching Fire: Suzanne Collins, United States, Scholastic, September 2009 Price - $ 19.99, 978-0-545-22724-7. An amazing book Catching Fire was. My preferred part in the book is where Katniss find out about the secret of Distract Twelve. This book was one was my favourite book it ever read. Catching Fire even better than the first Hunger Games. I still have a question why was Katniss not happy even though she was at home. I would so happy. I liked this book so much I was forced myself to read carefully through the long-weekend. I have no idea how Suzanne Collins just make the story. It is just so amazing. The stories’ summarize goes something in this. The book does start little too slow, but after one or two chapters the book is really interesting. The book goes on after the Hunger Games finished Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark travels back to District Twelve, here Katniss’s mom and sister are waiting. The President of Capitol warning her about some secret. I am not going to tell you the whole story. In conclusion, the book was amazing, but just so slow. Suzanne Collins did a really great job on the book, that’s all.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire A very good read.  Even my husband has been reading them.  Can not wait to read the final installment MockingJay
Date published: 2014-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE KATNISS!!!!! I love the book. When I read the first book I couldn't leave the book down until I finished the whole series.
Date published: 2013-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had me hooked! This is a solid sequel, although it does take a bit of time before the action unfolds. Sometimes I felt Katniss' concerns for Peeta's safety to be overemphasized and repetitive. And for such a strong character I found some of her reactions and behaviours at the end slightly puzzling. Nevertheless, I am intrigued to find out what happens next. If you haven't read the book yet stay away from the movie trailer - it's surprising how much it gives away!
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Writing Okay, this book isn't the worst book anybody ever read, this is actually, my favorite book I think I have ever read. I say that this book can change a life in an instant. Suzanne Collins writes so well, and everybody who has read it, it should be their favorite book ever. I suggest you read this, it's worth buying and let me tell you, I read it in a couple days. Please Read This before the movie comes out. TheBookReviewer
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book so far! The setting is back in Panem, a country made up of twelve districts. Everyone in district twelve is happy to welcome back not one, but two victors. Usually in the Hunger Games, only one victor is welcomed back. The Capitol is mad because Katniss and Peeta, two of the main characters were going to commit double suicide. So that means that there would be no victor and the Capitol would be very disappointed because they couldn’t welcome back their beloved victor of the year. In Catching Fire, there is another round of Hunger Games. In the new games Peeta and Katniss are again competing together. On a scale of one to five, I would definitely rate Catching Fire a five. I would rate it five because as I said, it is one of the best books I ever read. I recommend this book to people between the ages of thirteen to fifty five. You have to have a good memory to keep up with all of the characters. I think that both genders would enjoy this book. You have to have pretty good reading skills because the vocabulary can be advanced at times. It is not a hard read in the sense that it was very easy to waste an entire day reading it. It is captivating. In conclusion I love this book and I don’t have any negative feedback.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!! Catching Fire, written by Suzanna Collins, is the sequel to 'The Hunger Games'. The book takes place in a poor, worn down district, locally known as District 12. The main characer, Katniss Everdeen, has just been crowned vicotr of the 74th Hunger Games along with Peeta Merllark. After a daring move to mock the Capitol and rebel against them, the other districts see her as a beacon of hope in order to rebel against the Capitol. When she struggles between two boys that love her (Peeta and Gale), her life becomes more complicated than it is. Along with that, she is also being watched for her every move and action she does. When Katniss and OPeeta go on their victory tour to the other districts, they face many challenges. Along with the 75th Hugner Games right around the corner, how the dirsticts react when she is forced back into the Hunger Games arena knowing the Capitol hates her?
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Book, Another BESTSELLER! As many of you know, there are a lot of buzz about The Hunger Games Trilogy. There are a lot of people that are SUPER excited of the new movies coming out based on the books. Suzanne Collins (The author of all 3 books) worked very hard creating and publishing this book, and everyone is talking about it! Right now, The Hunger Games is out and Catching Fire is COMING out soon! Personally, I’d give this book 4 and a half stars. I love this book and think it the best book in the trilogy. I gave it 4 and a half stars because it was so interesting. It was personally MY KIND of book. Mysterious, adventurous and descriptive. It had a bit of a twist in it unlike the other books I read, and it was very spontaneous the way they put it in there. Another reason why I gave it 4 and a half is because of how much it connected and went with the other books in the trilogy. Unfortunately, every books isn’t perfect and there were some parts I really didn’t love. I didn’t really like the ending. It went a bit fast. It was like all the beginning and middle were very detailed but the ending was very rushed and wasn’t explained very properly. It shows it was rushed and she just wanted to end the book. Also, The cliffhanger was very interesting but I wish it explained more about how Katniss was feeling. I won’t spoil anything, but the ending went so fast that it didn’t describe Katniss’s true feelings. A way on how to improve the book is by You can improve it by just simply adding more detail like the other parts of the book. In conclusion, this book was truly amazing but just needed more detail at the end.
Date published: 2013-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Out of the trilogy, this was my absolute favorite. I couldn't stop reading while I was reading it. After being done the series, I read it again, and again. It's truly amazing, and i've never been more into a series as I was this series.
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from awesome sequel (SPOILER ALERT!) “Katniss, there is no District Twelve.” Catching fire is an awesome book by Suzanne Collins. Catching Fire is the sequel to The Hunger Games, where Katniss, Peeta and two victors from each District are brought back for the third Quarter Quell. Katniss is forced to marry Peeta by President Snow and the Districts are on the brink of rebellion. The main character in Catching Fire is Katniss, a 17 year old girl form District 12. Katniss is a brave and loyal person. She attempted to protect Gale when he was being punished for hunting a turkey outside of the District. Second, Katniss is a survivor. She survived the Hunger games two times in a row and was the victor of the 74th Hunger Games. I thought Katniss was a very strong character, but I also thought she was much darker than she was in The Hunger Games. Themes in Catching Fire are referred to throughout the book and play an important part in the story. Freedom is a main theme in this book and affects Katniss drastically. The District’s freedom is controlled by the Capitol and decides basically everything that happens in each District. Katniss’ Mockingjay in Catching Fire is seen as a symbol of freedom in the Districts and is used almost as a secret code to show which side the person is on. Katniss is affected by her father’s death during an explosion in a mine that her father was forced to work in by the Capitol. Another theme that is important in Catching Fire is rebellion. At the end of Katniss and Peeta’s victory tour, Katniss learns that District 8 is beginning to rebel against the Capitol. After Katniss breaks out of the Hunger games arena, the Districts are in full scale rebellion. For these reasons, I think themes are very important in Catching Fire. Overall, I thought that Catching Fire was a very good book. It started off a bit slow but sped up after the Capitol announced the tributes. Not a lot happens at the beginning, mostly conversations and the victory tour. Once the tributes were announced the story picks up pace and is almost always intense. The last half of the ending made this an amazing book. I really liked Catching Fire because it is fast and exciting at the end, and also because of the climax and conclusion. I give this book a 3 out of 5 only because of the slow beginning. I would recommend this book to anyone who read The Hunger Games and liked it.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first This review is also posted on my book review blog By now most people know who Suzanne Collins is and that she has written The Hunger Games series, and yes I jumped on the band wagon of the movie and read the book before seeing the movie earlier this year. So most people now will know you will need to read the first book The Hunger Games, before picking this one up, or else you are a reader will be completely lost. Katniss and Peeta have done the impossible; there have been two winners for the annual Hunger Games. They have defied the capital and everything that the Hunger Games stands for. But if Katniss thinks that things will return to normal once they return to district 12, she is completely wrong. Due to the fact that she has defied the Capital, the Capital now feels that she owes them, or else those she loves around her as well as the people in the district. Katniss represents something that all the districts have been looking for, hope. Hope for a time without the oppression of the Capital. I believe I stated it when I reviewed the Hunger Games that this review is by an adult reading a YA book who does not read YA books on a regular basis. Therefore, there will be some childish things that occurred in the book that do annoy me. However, this is not to say that Collins was misguided in having these events, thoughts or actions, they work for a YA audience but I am writing my review more for adults who are still considering reading this book. I did not enjoy part one of this book; it felt like this book was going to be a filler book. It felt that Collins wanted to make this a trilogy and she knew how she wanted to start and end, but was left within nothing for the middle. The book does begin to pick up about halfway through part two and part three. But I do not think that there were too many surprises or twists within the book that could not have been predicted. However, I did overall find the book enjoyable and it had moments where I needed to know what would happen next and I think that most people will see the book this way. I enjoyed the moments in the Quarter Quell and I thought that this is where Collins' creativity excels. Collins is able to write a story that will keep people entertained, whether you are a youth or adult, but I think an adult reader will have more issues with the story, characters and grammar than a youth will. I did not enjoy Katniss’ as a character in this book. There were times in the Hunger Games where I was able to relate to her, but I think this was due to the fact that she was on her own, and she did not have to interact with other characters. Interaction with people outside of Gale, Katniss struggles to the point where even the reader is unable to relate to her. I also found that Collins portrayed Katniss as not as smart in the Hunger Games. I do not know if this was due to the fact that Katniss was out of her element of hunting (but surely she can be good at more than one thing) but it appeared to me that she left all the difficult decision and speaking to Peeta or Gale or Haymitch, really anyone else other that Katniss. Katniss also all of a sudden became a naive girl who is not aware of what was occurring around her and really was only concerned about herself. I just feel that Katniss took a step back in maturity and development in this book. Additionally, I disliked that there is a love triangle. While I do not read too many YA books, I know enough about the popular YA books out there to know that this seems to be a growing trend. Do girls need to have two guys wanting her attention to be happy? No, I don’t think so, but I do not understand why YA authors seem to think so and I personally think that it sets a bad example. Additionally, as an adult I noticed that there are several instances of poor sentence structure, and use of periods (and I am no way stating that my writing style is perfect, far from I assure you). While this does annoy me somewhat in regular book, I think the fact that this is a young adult book which is typically read by young adults who are developing these skills it sets a bad example for them. If an experienced and published author writes this way it must be right, so why can't they as well? Overall, this is a fairly good read if you are able to get past some of the negatives I pointed out above. There were points within this book that were enjoyable and felt like Collins was getting back to her stride of the Hunger Games; it was just a shame that it took about half of the book to get there. I think once you have made it this far in the series you feel compelled to read the next novel and I will read it eventually to see how everything ends. Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Read The love I had for Collins first novel gets carried over to her second novel. Whereas, "The Hunger Games" kept me reading on because of the intense story line and cliffhanging chapter endings. "Catching Fire" provided me with in-depth material about the characters, prior hunger games and the history of Panem. At times I felt parts of the story line where cut short when they could have been described further and the dialogue between characters should have been longer and more detailed. All together the novel was a great read and I'd recommend it, especially if you've already read the first novel.
Date published: 2012-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a Drag And Collins goes on.............. and on. Another hunger game and with the past victors........... Really! It doesn't even get started until we are two thirds through the book. I think Katniss's character kind of falls apart in the end of this one. Jumps across the table at Haymitch. She was portrayed stronger than this. Not sure that I will read the third one.
Date published: 2012-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Great flow, exciting and thrilling.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now this is what I am talking about! This book was a hundred times better than the first one. The first one was so predictable where this one I just didn't know what to expect. The Hunger Games are over and Katniss and Peeta are the victors. They have a few more weeks until their fame and the cameras will leave them. They cannot wait for that moment. They are in need of time to themselves out of the view of everyone in the Capitol. A year passes and it is the 75th Anniversary of the Hunger Games - which they call The Quarter Quell. Every 25 years there is a special twist to the Hunger Games. All victors of the games have immunity from ever going back in the draw to be a contestant but for the Quarter Quell, President Snow makes an announcement that the pool of names will be drawn from the victors list in each District. This means that Katniss, Haymitch (their mentor) and Peeta are back in the Hunger Games... again! Haymitch's name is drawn but Peeta acts as tribute to save Katniss' life since she saved his in the previous game. But Katniss promised herself to do whatever it takes to keep Peeta alive. This book is so unpredictable, to the rebels and the acts of hatred and punishment, to the love that was portreyed and has to be followed through with Peeta and Katniss that this book will have you hanging on to every word. I yelled at the book a few times, not gonna lie. It was just that good. I can’t wait to read the next one! A year passes and it is the 75th Anniversary of the Hunger Games - which they call The Quarter Quell. Every 25 years there is a special twist to the Hunger Games. All victors of the games have immunity from ever going back in the draw to be a contestant but for the Quarter Quell, President Snow makes an announcement that the pool of names will be drawn from the victors list in each District. This means that Katniss, Haymitch (their mentor) and Peeta are back in the Hunger Games... again! Haymitch's name is drawn but Peeta acts as tribute to save Katniss' life since she saved his in the previous game. But Katniss promised herself to do whatever it takes to keep Peeta alive. This book is so unpredictable, to the rebels and the acts of hatred and punishment, to the love that was portreyed and has to be followed through with Peeta and Katniss that this book will have you hanging on to every word. I yelled at the book a few times, not gonna lie. It was just that good. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Part 2 as good as Part 1 I must keep in mind that this novel (and the series) was written for adolescents, and that the surprise ending, which came as no surprise to me, would probably astound younger readers. That being said, I enjoyed exploring Katniss' thought process and her confusion over what she believed was happening. I can understand why this series is so engaging; Katniss is a really well drawn character who expresses real human fears, annoyances and sadness through her thoughts and actions. I may just move directly on to the third book, Mockingjay" to see how this series ends, although I already have my own predictions as to what will happen to Miss Everdeen and her friends.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another page-turner Katniss Everdeen won The Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark by suggesting they would both eat poison berries rather than one kill the other. This was an act of defiance and now Katniss is a symbol of that defiance for all the districts. Katniss and Peeta are to go on their Victory Tour when Pres. Snow shows up to warn Katniss he expects a continuation of her show of love for Peeta and she must deliver or else. Katniss doesn't really know how she feels for Peeta or for her hunting buddy, Gale. With the Quarter Quell games coming up, Katniss is starting to wonder about the Capitol and its decisions. Then the rules change and Katniss and Peeta are thrown into the arena once more. This is a great sequel to the first book. I felt the tension and Katniss' agonizing decisions really brought plenty of page-turning moments. Both Katniss' indecision and her rash and hasty decisions are so typical for her age and are portrayed so well. What I had a little problem with is the abrupt ending. Yes, it is a steep cliff the reader is balanced on but I had to read the last bit several times before comprehending how I got up to the cliff in the first place.
Date published: 2012-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best of the 3 While many second books in a trio tend to be the bridge between the very good beginning and the big finish of an ending- Catching Fire stands all on it's own. We still dont see much in character development as far as Katniss goes, but the quickly paced dramatic turn of events will have readers staring at the text in shock. The mockinjay has taken on a life of it's own, and Katniss the ever avoiding hero seems to be the last to find out. As with the last book, difficult concepts are addressed, latent criticism of much of the world today, and blatant out right caricatures of world events/leaders still stand. The games are different this time, genius in design. Far more terrifying than the first book. And of course... we're left hanging!
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Exciting! Catching Fire is the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. It starts with the Victors' Tour of Katniss and Peeta. While going from district to another, the atmosphere of rebellion becomes stronger. The Capitol doesn't like these social tensions, so President Snow tries to use Katniss' influence to calm the districts' populations. He finally forces Katniss and Peeta to go back to the arena for the 75th Hunger Games. The action has no end, the author did'nt make endless pauses in the story for descriptions and I really like it. Every chapter is more exciting than the other! I couldn't stop reading!
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel! *SPOILERS ALERT* The story takes place a few months after the first book "The Hunger Games". Katniss and Peeta are about doing the Victor Tour to show to Panem how in love they are. Which is not completely true. President Snow threatned Katniss to continue to lie if not he’s going to hurt and kill everyone she ever loved. The show must go on. Meanwhile, there starts to have uprisings in some districts. The country is about to get back in a war, just like 75 years ago if nothing is done to stop it. Unfortunately, this year is the 75th Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell. Every 25 years, there's a surprise for these games. This year, the Victors are going back in the arena. The second book was my favorite one. The suspens was there, we knew better our beloved characters and we was just about to discover what was really going on in Panem, but in Katniss life too. The end of the book was all about the beginning of the end. It was really surprising! While I was reading it, I really enjoyed it, maybe a lot more than the first one which was brilliant. Suzanne Collins is a great writer that has a message to say and in Catching Fire, as a reader, we start to understand the whole meaning of the heroine journey.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Catching Fire is the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. It starts with the Victory Tour where Katniss and Peeta are visiting all the districts and are seeing the Revolution starting. The first book of this trilogy was very good, but the second one is even better. The mix of action and romance was perfect. I couldn't stop reading it because I always wanted to know what was happening next. I have to say Peeta was my favorite character because he was saying such sweet things and protecting Katniss whatever it takes. The only negative point I have with this book is that it ends too quickly. I now have to read the third book because I'm dying to know what will happen to Katniss and to her Hunger Games' partner Peeta.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little too headstrong The second book in the Hunger Games series continues the story of Panem started in the Hunger Games and is just fantastic! Katniss is the narrator but I stop short of calling her the heroine of the story. Yes, she is a survivor and yes, she is very strong, but she follows her emotions more than her head sometimes, which is not always the smartest plan. I would have to say my favorite character is Haymitch who is damaged but very clever. Katniss is only 17 but she thinks she knows best how to play the Capitol's game which makes her arrogant and a bit unlikeable at times. I hope she learns to work as a team in the next installment and trust the people around her to make the smart decisions.
Date published: 2012-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing follow-up! The second instalment to The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire is just as exciting as the first novel, if not more exciting. I’ll admit that I actually wrote this review after writing one for the first and the third book — having loved the first one and thinking the third was just mediocre — because I didn’t know what to say. Catching Fire is the story of Katniss Everdeen, who had just won the previous Hunger Games, a battle of 24 children, who fought to the death. While everyone in the Capital looks forward to these games each and every year they’re put on, the victors usually don’t feel any sense of victory. This is the story of the aftermath of the 74th Hunger Games and how the Capital gets back at Katniss for her act of rebellion. When I picked this book up, immediately after finishing The Hunger Games, I did not expect it to be as good as the first. I thought the first book was amazing and felt that there was no way Collins could compete with what she had produced in the first book. Was I ever wrong! Catching Fire is action packed, a page-turner right from the start. I couldn’t believe what was happening as I was reading it, couldn’t believe how cruel the Capital could be. The characters are fleshed out even more in this book, which made me set my decision on who to vote for in the end (for the romance, that is. duh.). Katniss still isn’t my favourite character, but I really liked her in this instalment. The words are true — if you plan to read The Hunger Games, make sure you have the rest of the books in the series on hand. There are only a few series books that are addicting to me, and this is one of them. After I finished reading all three, I couldn’t wait to share them with everyone. They’re that good.
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! "Not only are we in the districts forced to remember the iron grip of the Capitol’s power each year, we are forced to celebrate it." quoted from Catching Fire I didn't know what I was in for with this second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, but nothing could have prepared me for it. Catching Fire starts slower than The Hunger Games but once the action starts you have no clue where Collins will take you. I tried to imagine different scenarios but nothing came close and it was a surprise at every turn. I enjoyed reading a little bit more about Peeta and Gale in Catching Fire since I felt I didn't get to know them enough in the first book. Romance and action are very well balanced, one not overcoming the other, which is a nice change from all the other books I have been reading recently! Catching Fire really brought up many emotions in me, I went from fear to tears and I even couldn't help but laugh at some points. I would even go as far as to say that I liked it better than The Hunger Games. Collins exceeded my expectations and I can only hope that Mokingjay is just as good!
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Catching Fire - A Masterful Middle Catching Fire is the second book in Suzanne Collin’s “Hunger Games” trilogy. We start right after Katniss and Peeta have won their version of the Hunger Games and are coming back home to a world that has changed. Throughout the book we learn of rebellions, the Hunger Games Quarter Quell begin, and the mysteries behind the disappearance of District 13. This is a masterful middle to the trilogy. A book that continues the journey of placing the reader in Katniss’ mind and this book has definitely made me a fan of Suzanne Collins. Collin’s makes this one of the best sequels I have read, it carries the story from beginning to end. The way the Districts and Capital play out is like the H.G. Well’s short story “The Time Machine” whereas the Districts can be likened to the Morlocks, and the citizens of the Capital can be likened to the Eloi of that story. This is a time old story that’s been repeatedly done but resonates so well with the world that we’re living in right now. The dynamic of the characters in the story are great. Katniss is one of the protagonists that I'm drawn to with her emotions and inner thoughts, unlike other current young adult books. This was one of the problems I had heading into a series like these, but Collins does a wonderful job of creating a world where the characters are believable and their actions are realistic. Something that’s refreshing to see in genre fiction. Collins’ use of symbolism in the story carries over. I love the use of the Mockingjay pin as symbol for a silent rebellion. It draws the reader into the story, makes us sympathetic to Katniss, Peeta, as well as the districts and provides a mystery that carries from the beginning to the end of Catching Fire. One of the problems that I have with the Hunger Games as a whole is the fact that if the Districts and Capital are based in a future North America what happened to the rest of the world. If there are pockets of humanity still remaining in North America after an apocalyptic event, would there not be other pockets in the world as well? Wouldn’t those pockets try to make contact with others, moreover would they help the districts gain their freedom? This is not fleshed out in first two books. I would have loved to have it mentioned at least in passing and been given some history on the state of the rest of the world. Catching Fire is a great book written by a good author, Suzanne Collins. I definitely recommend this book for any young adult, or fan of genre fiction.
Date published: 2012-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good So like most things this wasn't as good as the first , but still a good read. The story has changed which is good, the game has to change to keep u wanting more right. So I'm giving it 3 out of 5 just cuz the first book i couldn't put down , this one i wasn't rushing to pick up every chance i got.
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lacked the power of the first although catching fire was good it lacked the energy from the hunger games. i enjoyed, but it didn't quite capture me as the first novel. the first will always grab the audience and not let go. you go in with lower expectations and you realize the book is awesome. completely blew my expectations. when you move on to the second book you are already set at this high mind set. but to be honest how can you top the first one. it is the reason you started reading this trilogy. unfortunately catching fire didn't quite have the same fire as it's predecessor. i found this one to be sad and the katniss we knew in the first novel has grown, changed and finally realizing the role she was meant to be. this is the aftermath of the hunger games....prepare yourself still filled with surprises don't ever underestimate collins. i think the rest of this trilogy we will be treading on water, because she always has surprises in her pages. i would still recommend this book and the next for readers' to finally conclude katniss's journey. bottom line i want to keep reading....and you should too. p.s. still thoroughly enjoyable....catch the hunger games obsession
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as Gripping as Book 1 The second book in the Hunger Games did not grab me the way book 1 did. The first person storytelling really took away from any buildup of suspense. That element didn't bother me in the first book the way it did in this one but that may be due to familiarity the second time around. I still enjoyed the book and look forward to #3 but this one falls short of a 5 star rating.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I died! Okay, well I didn't die literally but I was hysterical throughout the whole book! Why? I have no idea. Honestly, I don't. But for some weird reason, I would just randomly start laughing my head off for about half an hour straight. It was crazy, yes, but I just so happen to be crazy myself. ANYWAYS! Moving it on to the book. I loved it, yes. But I didn't love it as much as the first. In the first book, everything was raw, fresh, new. This time around it's like deja vu. At least that's what it seemed like. Of course the books were totally different but after spending one whole book reading about the Hunger Games and survival and everything, you get kind of tired when there's 2 books about it. Don't get me wrong though. This book talks a lot about rebellion and everything which would be different from the first one, but the Hunger Games was just too, boring. Like everthing was different about the Games but it just seems like, I don't need to hear this all again. Survival, gifts, healing, death, friendship. Hearing about it over and over again, it gets tiresome to read about. But this book did keep me utterly captivated! I'm really sad and mad at the end though. I wanna know what happens next but of course I have to wait a bit. The book was crazy good and like I said with my review for the Hunger Games, "I don't care if you can't read ... you have to read this book!!"
Date published: 2012-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It keeps getting better! :) If you thought the first book was good, well think again, This will be a very short review because I legit can not grasp any words that even comes close to describing how utterly amazing this book is! the twists, drama, scandals is just..... ahhhhh!! I (if i could) would rate this book a 10/5 stars! I am not a bossy person but READ THIS FREAKING BOOK! :)
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love loved it Suzanne does it again. I swear this series keeps me up at night. I read Catching Fire all day Sunday right after I finished The Hunger Games. I totally didn’t expect certain events to happen – I was in total shock and I did yell at the book....The boyfriend and step-dad had a good laugh at me. Catching Fire was just as good as The Hunger Games. It kept your attention we learned more about the Capitol and characters. I’m still Team Peeta I 3 him! One good thing about this book was that it wasn’t as intense as The Hunger Games....I could actually breathe while reading this one. This is good because I don’t know if I would have made it if I was holding my breath. As I said in my Hunger Games review you should really really pick this book up you won’t regret it. I have a few ideas on what is going to happening during Mockingjay but I don’t know if I am right or not. I think there is going to be ALOT of tears though.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! When I first started this book, I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it as much as the first one. And soon after that I thought it would just be a repeat of the first one. But I was pleasantly surprised. While being true to the style and themes of the first book, Collins brings in a whole new story with these characters. It really was a good read. I didn't want to put it down and I kept reading ahead because I couldn't stand to find out what was going to happen. One comment though: make sure you have the third book handy because unlike the first one, this book leaves you hanging and wanting to read the final one. I finished this book in a few hours and started the third one immediately and also finished that in a few hours!
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blew Me Away. This Book was stunning. It blew me away. I Really think that this book Was about the same as the first. I think this one was perfect the way everything was placed and talked about! Totally great! I can't believe that happend, Is what I experienced thought out most of the book! (And that's a Good thing) I still think that there where a few moments that were lacking a bit of exciment, And other parts made me want to rip out my heart becuase it hurt that much to read it. But overall It blew me away. Kudos to Suzanne! C:
Date published: 2012-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular. First of all, I don't understand why so many people say things like "This book wasn't as good as the first". In my opinion it was great. It kept you hooked and the tension builds and builds. There were a few bland moments but I think many books have that. In the end you can overlook that and it turns out to be a great book. This second book truly blew me away. *Thumbs-Up For helpfulness if your excited for the HG movie ;)*
Date published: 2012-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gripping sequel As good as the first, catching fire was hard to put down. It was really amazing to see Katniss's struggles with her feelings towards Peeta and Gale, and facing yet another hunger games. really really amazing .
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books Ever Catching Fire the sequel of the Hunger Games is amazing. It'll keep you in suspense and make you want to keep reading until you finish. I read this book nonstop until I finished the book a day later. I read it every single moment of extra time I had (which some should have been on the PS3). Major Spoiler Alert! The book begins after Katniss and Peeta come back from hunger games and are preparing for the victory tour around all the districts and the capitol. President Snow had threatened Katniss to stop the uprisings (rebellions). As they went through there victory tour they mocked the Capitol. So as a way for the Capitol to get revenge against Katniss and stop the uprisings the third quarter quell allowed only victors to participate. During the quarter quell Katniss and Peeta had to enter again. They found out how to destroy the barrier and Katniss, Beetee and Finnick got hijacked by a hovercraft from district 13 which was thought to be destroyed. I won`t spoil anymore of the ending.
Date published: 2012-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Page Turner To Keep You Up At Night This book was an exciting read. The beginning was a bit slow paced, compared to the first book but then it's like...wham! The story picks up and your up in bed at 4am in the morning hoping nothing happens to your favourite characters. It gets a gold star from me!
Date published: 2012-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK....... This book was boring at the beginning but the end is really good.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be sure to pick this up when your done reading this review! I liked it a lot. I would probably say better then The Hunger Games. It’s a fast pace ride through the first part of the book which turns to a deadlier conclusion? It's a very well written book, you could read it without reading the first book and still know what’s going on.I would still suggest that you start with the The Hunger Games. There is some quite interesting plot twist throughout Catching Fire, that keeps you reading with your eyes frozen to the pages as if you were on a hover craft ladder. I’m for sure reading the Mockingjay when I finish typing this.
Date published: 2012-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stressful I went straight into this after The Hunger Games, which was intense. Sometimes sequels don't live up to the first book, but I think this trilogy is just one big adrenaline rush that she broke up into three parts, which makes it so exciting. I think it's best to read them all sequentially, right away while all the characters and plot are fresh in your mind. I found it stressful to be back in the arena with them, again, but it was interesting to see how the unrest in the districts was building. I did catch some clues early on, but there were many surprises and plot twists. Very highly recommend this series.
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Warning: THIS BOOK IS ADDICTIVE! Yes people i found it fair to warn you that this book will hook you instantly. This book is crack! Yes crack i tell you! To begin my little comment here on how awesome this book was let's begin on how i first found out about it. Now i visited a friends house one afternoon and came across a book that was on her dining room table. Curious as I am i decided to read the back cover to give me and idea of what it was about. Honestly after reading the back cover I wasnt to convinced if i'd like it or not. Out of nowhere my friends mom came in the dining and gave me the same warning I gave you little commentaire readers up above this comment. The next day I heard about the making of the film of this book. I thought to myself '' what the hell! The back cover honestly did not live up to the hype of this book'. So I told myself why not i'll have a go and read it. During the Christmas break finally came rolling along (thank GOD!). So i decided to head out to Chapters and purchase this book. After buying the book I headed to the starcbuck beside chapter's sat down on the couch and started reading. I literally could not put it down for two hours!! Completly neglecting my coffe and cake! Wow!! This book was FREAKING AWSOME! I have no idea how Heather (the ceo of chapter) did not add this in her Heather's pick list. Maybe after reading all this praise on this novel she will ;). Guys, after reading this comment i hope you don't not retain all the gramatical errors i've made BUT how good this book truly is! GET THIS BOOK NOW!! You guys will not be dissapointed PROMISE!! :)
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire As good, if not better than the first book. I love the characters and continue to love the new ones that are added in. Love it!
Date published: 2011-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caught Fire I was originally hesitant about reading this series based off the back of the covers. It originally seemed like all about a Dystopian society something along the lines of Brave New World and I didn't really want to read something like that. Luckily I gave it a shot and I was not disappointed. The first was awesome and unique and this one is right along the same lines making me grip the pages with excitement and sleeping less and less just to finish the book. Part of me hates Katniss and part of me likes her. But all of me LOVES Peeta Mellark. I find myself falling in love with this fictional character...not that its the first time but he very different from our Edwards, Patches, Sams, Jaces, Harrys, and so many countless others. Collins brings her characters to life and make them seem like, although this future is somewhat unrealistic and realistic at the same time, they could be real. It gripped my hearts strings... had me biting my lips ( I do like this new character of Finnick) and everything else that a good book should do to you. That's why this deserves my five starts
Date published: 2011-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire Ignites You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it's evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world Another song by The Beatles. Another book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. More thinking and more excitement zooming around inside my head. A classic to fit a classic. But first, back to The Arena, and along the way... A Revolution breaks out in Catching Fire. After surviving the harrowing events of The Hunger Games, Katniss is back home in District 12 with her fellow winner (and possible love interest?) Peeta. She is living in absolute luxury, but suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and trying to rebuild her shattered psyche. Peeta is still mad at her for supposedly faking her feelings in the game, while the inconsequential Gale is waiting around like a wounded puppy dog. Enter President Snow with a warning. Her act of love was construed by some as an act of rebellion. This cannot be the case. She must stop the revolution now. Or the government will fall. Katniss's response: "It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down." The threats become apparent, show the act was of love, not of rebellion, or deaths will occur. Attempts by Kat to avert further unrest are unfruitful, so the government plays its final card. Former winners will enter an all-star Hunger Games, which drags Kat and Peeta back into the fray. Plans within plans are set in motion. Clues lead to clues that something is amiss. The television interviews leading to the Games ignite more difficulties for the government. Bombshell declarations lead to more turmoil. Kat can sense the change forming, and she finally starts easing into the symbol the resistance need. She becomes the Mockingjay. As she and Peeta enter The Hunger Games again, chaos reigns and the death count spirals upwards. The love the two share become even more vital for survival, for inner peace, and for revolution. And then the Games end in a totally unsuspecting way. Young love wins all. Kat waffling in the first part of the story over who her heart belongs to is simply PTSD at work. A needless love triangle continued for dramatic purpose, since we can all tell who she belongs with. The propaganda of their relationship that is put forth by themselves and the government is for mutual survival. But it is not far off the mark. Acting is not Kat's strong suit, so any outburst of emotion for Peeta are genuine. And truly heartbreaking. At this point Kat seems to be channeling Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. Holden, the central character, does not want sex without love, and while Kat has slight confusion over her emotions with Peeta, she never consummates her feelings in bed. She has plenty of opportunities, and the yearning is evident, but she seems content with his vanquishing her nightmares with his proximity. A touch of her hair brings peace to her soul. Physical affection beyond that she is unsure of, unready for. She is so steeled against it, but so longs for it. Holden and Katniss would have interesting talks. What also bothers Kat all throughout the journey is the sacrifices others make for the Games. Seeing the victims families, worrying over how they are faring, and offering support when able, pre-occupy her thoughts. One friend dies horribly during the Games, all to save them, which evoked memories of another protest in another time for me. Back in 1989, a failed revolution was launched in China and the infamous moment happened when one lone man stood in front of a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square. Would they run him over? Would they kill him in order to preserve the dictatorship? Yes. He died under their treads. Riots ensued. And China is still a dictatorship. I am hoping for better results from this rebellion. Next up is the final volume in this trilogy, Mockingjay. The rebellion is about to go full tilt. Katniss has two missions to fulfill, one of the heart and one of the soul. Armed with her arrows, her wits, and a handful of berries, she is going to bring down President Snow. And then live happily ever after with Peeta. The last story is going to be epic. Come join the fight. A Revolution is coming. Prepare your berries. Scoopriches My full review is available at
Date published: 2011-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A worthy sophomore effort While not as gripping as the first book in the series (Hunger Games), it was still a great read that has left me searching for spare moments so I can dive right in to the final book. Can't wait to see how it all ends! All that said, this 2nd book in the trilogy kept my attention; I was suprised by some turns of event; and it kept me wanting more ... what else can you ask for?!
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better I instantly bought this book after I finished reading 'The Hunger Games' and loved it. This is most possibly the WORST (or best depending what you go on) cliffhanger I have encountered in all my reading days. It leaves you more than just hanging, you are grasping for your life on a thread that is fraying and there is nothing to do but hold on (well metaphorically of course). One word that can sum up this book is intense . Everything is just felt more. The compassion, threats, action, betrayal, gestures, words all of it. This has to be the reason why it is so addictive. As expected from this series we are in for a ride. Some things are hinted out, but the full affect of what is going on isn't totally revealed till the very end. Though I felt frustrated at times this is a grand slam of a sequel. You know it's hard to hate Katniss for being the object of the whole love triangle. I usually get annoyed to no end and can't help wonder what people see in the person, but Katniss is different. Though you don't think that Katniss is particularly more special than others, but that is part of what you admire about her. Plus she is critical of herself so you don't necessarily get a good feel of what people think about her other than what is said with dialogue. I totally love this because frankly that is what it's like in real life. It's others that can show you who you really are when you aren't able to do it yourself. Peeta and Gale are both incredible guys and what makes them so great is that they both are good friends , something that is lacking in other books at times. Don't get me wrong there is a lot more to the series than the love triangle. Suzanne Collins gives us a lot to mull over till her much anticipated final climatic book Mockingjay. BTW Excellent Excellent covers!
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly great sequel I am always sceptical when it comes to sequels, but in this case, there is no need to worry. It did not fail to disappoint, and is definitely on the same level of greatness as the first.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Definitely as good as the first one, if not better. I didn’t think it was possible to be more enthralled by this series than I was by the first one, but it is! I absolutely loved this book. I really am hoping for the best for the third one, but I don’t think Suzanne Collins can fail.
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Game There was quite a cliff-hanger at the end of the first novel, that left me wanting more like all novels should. I grew to love the characters so much, and the star-crossed lover act was just too good to leave behind. Hence, why I liked the beginning. CF delves more into Katniss and Peeta's relationship, that I find unbearable. The chapters leading up to the Quell sure lead to more interactions that I find real between the pair. I found that the Quell was too short and mostly skimmed through. The Gamemakers easily killed off the victors. There wasn't much detail to what was actually happening like the first novel. The ending didn't feel leave a heavy feeling in my heart and mind like the first novel did. The events after the rescue were rushed by.
Date published: 2011-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I went through this trilogy in about two weeks, and I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of it before. Catching Fire is the second book, and it bridges Katniss' return from the Games and the slowly building revolution that may or may not be taking place in the other Districts. Suzanne Collins does a great job of keeping true to Katniss' character while also showing her struggle with the new emotions she feels for Peeta and Gale. Great series, great entertainment and an excellent chance to ask some philosophical questions about human nature and what we do to survive and get along.
Date published: 2011-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the Hunger Games I loved this book- I think this one ties with the Hunger Games. :D It was slightly predictable at some points, but overall it was really really good! :)
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire This book was amazing, at first I thought I really wasnt gonna like it, expercailly cuz it was getting repetitive, but then it turned out to be amazing!!!! And the end has a little bit of a twist to it. :S
Date published: 2011-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire Suzanne Collins -- Back home in District 12 after the horrors of the last Hunger Games, Katniss thinks that everything is over, and that things will return back to normal. But it starts to look like nothing will ever be normal again – President Snow is watching her very closely, uprisings are starting up in the other districts, and worst of all her family and friends are all in danger of being killed – all because of Katniss. As she and the Mockingjay both become symbols of rebellion against the Capitol, and all 12 districts’ compressed fury finally bubbles, Peeta and Katniss have to literally face their worst nightmares – which become their reality. -- WELL. I don’t know why I didn’t read this sooner, I should have read all 3 of them right away, but that’s okay. I don’t know if I liked this book better than the first one, it was of course really amazing, EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS SERIES IS AMAZING. It still had the adventure that the first one had, and same with the love problems. I think that it wasn’t necessarily better or worse than the first one, but it instead they each had their own things that made them great. I loved the ending to this book because I liked knowing what Katniss thought was going and then speculating what was happening for myself. The second last chapter was really intense as well as perfectly confusing, and the last chapter was just BAM. You didn’t know what was happening unless you were psychic, and then AND THEN. Aaahhh. Nice ending. I really liked how Haymitch was in on everything, he’s one of my favourite characters. Extremely captivating. I remember being late for something and I was trying to finish the book on time but NO. I had to stop right before the last chapter. IT TORTURED ME UNTIL THE END OF THE DAY! Seriously. I could barely handle it. OH, and this one had a lot of emotional stuff in it, I cried once and almost cried another time. :P Just a warning! Suzanne Collins’ website. I’ll give this one 4.5, because it doesn’t QUITE have the ‘Wow’ the first one had, but let me tell you it was pretty damn close. Later Cheese Graters, MRR
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Katniss plays with some serious fire... **Spoilers for the first book ahead** Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games series. This one had a different feel to it than the first but was still equally as captivating for me. Katniss has beat all odds and won the Hunger Games. Luckily, so did her fellow district 12 tribute, Peeta. You’d think everyone would be on cloud 9 with this victory, but the Games seem to be far from over. In some ways, the Hunger Games is never ending. Katniss and Peeta are haunted by what happened in the arena and even more bothered by the consequences they are reaping from standing up to the Capitol by both winning the Games. This act, maybe small on its own, but in the big picture has roused people from their defeated lifestyles and inspired them to begin rebelling against the Capitol’s ways. With the political angst weighing heavily on everyone’s shoulder, Peeta and Katniss try to overcome their difference of feelings for each other. Confusion plagues our heroin, who seems to be a little on the dense side when it comes to matters of the heart. Katniss closest friend in the world, Gale, is another story. He is someone she always thought of in the most plutonic way, but he has turned into an undeniable itch that she just can’t scratch. Unlike most girls, she doesn’t want to focus on her heart. Her mind stays focused on bettering the life quality of the people surrounding her. Katniss has an even more complicated battle than the Games. She is pulled in different directions, wanting to settle the roused rebel voices, wanting to runaway like Gale wanted to from the beginning, and even wanting to join or start the a rebel cause of her own. Catching Fire is definitely an intricately weaved tale. There’s a lot of unsuspected twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. The thought provoking parallels between our world and the Hunger Games world sink even deeper in our minds. The pace was perfect for the most part, but the ending sure does leave an overwhelming amount of unanswerable questions swirling in the mind far after the book has ended. As for Katniss, I love her to pieces. She’s learned a lot from the Hunger Games but is still highly ruled by her animal instinct mixed in with an unmanageable amount of hormones. Her uncertainty makes her endearing and interesting. She’s definitely unpredictable still but has learned to tame it down a bit when it comes to attack first and think later. The subtle love triangle is a great addition to this series and I just love that it doesn’t take the spotlight to the main issues. Great second book. You’ll want to drive right into the last book.
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Ablaze Katniss, the Girl on Fire, returns in this second installment of The Hunger Games and the literary inferno that Suzanne Collins ignites in Book One is still burning strong. Katniss is one of the most empowered female characters that I have ever encountered and her journey is one of strength, courage and conviction. I continue to find myself reacting very strongly to the events in the novel. When things go right for Katness, Peeta and company, I cheer and celebrate right along with them, and when things go wrong, I feel the same rage that they feel, I have not been this connected to a story in a long time. The series continues to be an attention-keeping, page turner, and I am almost sorry to be moving on to Book Three, as it means that my time with these characters is almost at an end.
Date published: 2011-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Collins does it again Collins has done it again. Catching Fire is the brilliant follow up to the Hunger Games and it manages to keep the excitement and action levels at the same calibre as the original. And Collins does the near impossible not only is the sequel as interesting as the first but even with a return to the Hunger Games arena the story still felt original. My only complaint was Katniss's repetitive internal dialogue about sacrificing herself for Peeta's life, not only was it overdone but knowing its a trilogy I knew that wouldn't be the ending.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get ready for round two! It is not too often that a sequel can measure up to the first book in a series but Ms. Collins manages to do this with ease. This novel is not only as exciting as the first but it also has more at stake since we have grown attached to the characters already. The story starts off a year after the first novel and we learn that, despite her success, our heroine has not had an easy time with events. The president of the Republic is out to get her and she is still trying to get a grip on the traumatic time spent in the arena. The beginning starts off a little slower this time but no less interesting. It soon accelerates into the fast-paced story that was characteristic of The Hunger Games. You will read this book very fast. If you are new to the series, start at Hunger Games - if you have already read that, you will love this one too.
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The first 3 or 4 chapters could have been better but keep on reading after those chapters it has been one of the best books i have ever read probably second only after the first hunger games book my friend and i sometimes talk about books and this is the one i always bring up its a nail biter and good luck getting and sleep after you start this book i couldnt put it down.
Date published: 2010-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is my second read of the book and my second review, and I think it was better the second time because I new where the story was going. One of the best series I have read in a long time. 123/1000
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rewind and Repeat Katniss has emerged from the first games in rough shape, scarred and battered but alive with Peeta and introduced to the viewpoint that her last act had been borderline rebellious. Snow, the President of the Capitol, emerges on stage and gives a face to the ominous puppeteer behind the sparkling, murdering city. We finally have a traditional villain in the story, one whom Katniss tries to satisfy by trying to stamp out the fires of rebellion she'd cluelessly started - which he ultimately is not satisfied with and tosses them all back into the Games. Tossing the characters back into the Games was tolerable, because obviously this isn't a new and fresh ploy from the reader's perspective. Add characters like Beetee, Wiress, and Finnick and it was actually some fun. However, Katniss does not seem to have evolved emotionally nor mentally all that much, since she still protects Peeta because she feels like she owes him something, instead of sincerely liking him or having had a reaction from the nonexistent morals she had cultivated from the last games. Compassionate and touching moments are little harder to come by, with no Rue or Prim to stand up for or to hold their hand with genuine love. The tension between her two romantic interests is like the fence back in her home District 12 - mostly dead with a few interspersed moments when it flickers dimly. She never knows who she likes more, what kind of love she has for them, and it never seems to take her breath away. I'll say this much for the fence - when you touch it, it does at least that much. The main focus of this series is about survival, and what consequences it can take for one to survive out of many. However, this revolution takes place on many levels, and one of them should have been within the character herself. Love does not diffuse her hard heart, nor an evolution in moral stature unless stilted along by secondary characters. Yes, Katniss Everdeen comes across very much as a strong teenager with a streak for survival, a realistic one with all the desperation, fear, and suspicion games like these can instill in you. However, she still remains small at heart.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took longer to get going than Book 1 4.5 stars ******SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BOOK 1****** Katniss and Peeta are home in District 12 and must try to return to life as normal - or as normal as possible, as winners of the most current Hunger Games. But, Katniss’s rebellion at the end of the Games that ended up with two winners for the first time has created some unrest and potential rebellion against the Capitol. That is something the Capitol definitely doesn’t want, so they have plans to quash it. ******END SPOILERS****** I thought this one took longer to really get going. I probably would have rated the first half “only” 4 stars, but it really picked up in the 2nd half. So, ultimately, I didn’t like it as much as the first one, but it’s still a really good series.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The sequel thats on fire This is the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy and I have to say I really liked this book, overall a great read and I have to say again just like the first book I had high expectations and again I'm happy to say they met them, this is still not a 5 star series to me but I definitley see the appeal to series because I found myself drawn into the world Suzanne Collins created. Again the book was really great and I was surprised by some of the things that happened in this book, I will say there were times in the beginning of the book that was a little slow for me but it picked up again right away. I really enjoy the writing style of these books it makes it easy to get into them and with what happened with the ending of this book I'm looking forward to reading the thrid installment. :0)
Date published: 2010-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this book down! From the moment I read this trilogy, I was sucked into Peeta's world. Suzanne Collins writes with such descriptive depth, emotion, and intrigue to keep the reader wanting more.. Our protagonist is also our heroine who tries to balance her life with her new found fame as one of the winners of the Hunger Games. Katniss is a likeable character and I enjoyed reading from her viewpoint immensely. No "damsel in distress" females in this book, and that to me is refreshing.
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An AMAZING sequel I was worried that Catching Fire wouldin't live up to the Hunger Games, but boy was i wrong! If its possible its better! Everything that is unexpected happens, making this book one of its own. Catching Fire is amazing! Hats off to Suzanne Collins for Catching Fire!
Date published: 2010-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best sequel EVER! After reading The Hunger Games, I felt worried that the sequel wouldn't live up to its predecessor. Well, I was wrong! Catching Fire is just as good if not better then the Hunger Games. The ending leaves me counting down the days until the final installment of the series, Mockingjay, is released.
Date published: 2010-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from twist + shocking moments + love = onefrikinamazingBOOK♥♥ OMIGOSH! SOOOOOOO GOOD! I just finished the book, ad Im still in shovk. From the beginning to the end I couldn't put this book now. So many twist and shocking moments, and love, and sadness, in one book. It was amazing. I cannot wait for the third book. I have a really good feeling the third book, will be just as amazing as the first two. I hate myself for waiting so long to read these books. But I am glad because, then I wouldn't have to wait so long for the third one to come out. Overall this book was just as amazing as the first one. Love the ending. The ending was like golden icing on top of the already sparkly cake! It was that good. ♥ XD
Date published: 2010-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite series! I didn't think anything could top the first book, but Catching Fire has all the heartbreak and thrills that made The Hunger Games so good! The wait for the third book is going to be excruciating!!
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to The Hunger Games The beginning of this book didn't really appeal to me. Don't get me wrong, I loved this book! I was left screaming at the end because of the wonderfully written cliffhanger ending. Yet I thought the beginning went off just a little too slow and I found Katniss just a little too "emo". All of a sudden here was this very headstrong girl who suddenly became rather emotional (Gale over Peeta???? come on! Gale's a geek!) and whiny. It was like as if her dark and dull mood suddenly brought you down as well. So, I thought the first half of the book was rather dissapointing. It did slowly start to pick up midway through and it was as if all the action, the suspense, the "meaty" parts were all reserved for the last part of the story. It's so nice to see Peeta and Katniss together. For some reason, I think of them as a nice perfect couple (Gale's a bloody homewrecker and you know it!) and I'm hoping she would see it that way - however I guess we'll see! Gale and Katniss just don't seem right - but I think it's because we don't really know much about Gale and he doesn't make such a significant appearance in the plot perhaps there will be more of him later in the next book As regards to plot, I thought it was well done, albeit slow. Yet besides that complaint, I have none other. The intrigue and suspense came back in full. I love the cliffhanger ending which is making me eager for the next and final installment of the trilogy (Mockingjay). I really can't wait for it to come out. Overall, Catching Fire, a little slow to get the ball rolling, does end up living up to it's predecessor. I'm eager to see how this series finishes.
Date published: 2010-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This caught me! The sequel to the Hungar Games Catching Fire is absolutely amazing! The beginning was slow for me but Suzanne always gets the book going toward the middle and she does this very well. Be prepared for it leaving you hanging at the ending though because thats what she also does very well :) i still lie awake at night thinking about this book over and over again. I'm looking forward for the last book to come out.
Date published: 2010-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What can i say? this book is just as good as the last, but this time it ends with a bang! catching fire is a must read, i can't wait for the next book to come out!!
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fine sequel... (The Chapters-Indigo website has been deleting my ratings so: I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars/leaves.) Overall, this was a very well done continuation of the story begun in the initial novel, The Hunger Games. This book provides further detail of the world's societal and political structure as well, which again delves into the theme of tyranny and shows us again how uncomfortably close to our own world this one is. All in all, I'm very eager to see where the author takes us next. Similar recommended titles (given here because of the weird problems I've been having with the Chapters/Indigo website and which they STILL haven't fixed): -Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer -Perfect Chemistry, by Simone Elkeles -The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’M ON FIRE At the conclusion of CATCHING FIRE two words entered my head “Wow” and “Really?” Then I caught my breath, checked my heart and re-read the final chapter because I’d been so engrossed in finding out how Suzanne Collins was going end this unpredictable ride that I’d really only scanned the words the first time through. Not many books have the ability to leave me breathless and on that note not many books surprise me anymore either. Catching Fire managed to do both and what a fantastic time I had. Starting soon after Katniss’s victory in the Hunger Games we re-join her back in district 12. Now a reluctant celebrity of sorts Katniss no longer has to worry about money or feeding her family however things are far from perfect. At odds with both Gale and Peeta there is unrest and change brewing in Panem, old rules are being reinforced amid rampant rumours of a rebellion against the capital. A revolt Katniss and Peeta may have unwittingly started but are certainly being accredited for. As the pair make plans for the upcoming Victory Tour and the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games a visit from President Snow contains a grave warning, forcing Katniss to publicly reaffirm her love for Peeta as well as trying to find a way to stop the desired but deadly and growing civil unrest. Of course this is just the first half of the book (and the boring half too) Once the President decides on his form of revenge you simply won’t believe what happens and then you won’t be able to put the book down. I wondered how Collins was going to be able to trump the excitement of the Hunger Games well she does ten-fold and I never knew what was going to happen next. Full of surprises, innovative themes and fantastical creatures, we also get violence, heartbreak, page tearing suspense and a healthy dose of politics. The pace never lets up, making up for the weak and wandering part 1 where I felt like Collins was never really sure of where to take her story, giving us one possible direction before heading off in another. Silly me this was undoubtedly her intention all along letting me think I knew where she was going before she finally gives us…Wow. Events have now been set up brilliantly for the third and final instalment; MOCKINGJAY due Aug 2010 and I can’t wait. Cheers
Date published: 2010-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Novel is on Fire! First, I must apologize for my bad pun titles, but this novel is so good that I couldn't pass up using one. In book 2 of Suzanne Collins "The Hunger Games" series, Katniss Everdeen has angered the leaders of the Capitol, who are now seeking revenge. They can't do it outright, because Katniss has become famous in the 12 Districts after her stunt in the 74th Hunger Games. There is threat of an uprising, which the Capitol has been trying to prevent since the dawn of Panem, a world created when man was on the verge of extinction. As Katniss and Peeta, both victors of the previous Hunger Games, tour the 12 Districts they find out the effect they had was huge. They try to derail an uprising, as their loved ones have been threatened by President Snow. But no matter what Katniss does, it seems to just heat up the situation. The announcement of the 75th Hunger Games, the "Quarter Quell", reveals that old victors will have to go into the arena, sending Katniss and Peeta back in. Now they have to stay alive knowing that only one will be allowed to leave, while also trying to figure out how to bring down the Capitol. I thought this novel was just as good as the first. Every time I put it down I kept wanting to pick it up and read more. As did the first novel, this one finished off lingering questions, and also managed to add in a shocker at the end that will keep you wanting to read more.
Date published: 2010-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good 2nd Book! Great sequel to the first Hunger Games. Lots of action, and some good twists. I was a bit miffed about the way this one ended but I'm sure all will be answered in the third book: Mockingjay. Quality YA :)
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Catching Fire Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy. If you haven't read The Hunger Games this review will give spoilers from book 1. Katniss and Peeta have returned home from winning the Hunger Games. They are both rich and have new homes. They see that their district is more watched by the Capitol and find out that many are suffering more from them. Her best friend is whipped in front of everyone and people have been killed by them. While her district is suffering Katniss and Peeta have to tour the other 11 districts for their victory tour. While on tour, they see the suffering of the other districts and a rebelling brewing in some of them. The President of Panem believes that Katniss is the face of it because of her defiance in the Hunger Games. They are also forced to continue to pretend to be in love to help settle the crowds, but by their compassion they intensify the rebelling talks. Katniss and Peeta believe they are going to mentor the next tributes for the next Hunger Games. But they soon realize there isa twist and find themselves have to go back to the games. Two tribute winners from each district need to go back and fight to the death. This time, Katniss doesn't want to survive; she wants Peeta to live and will do anything to protect him. I love this book. I found myself enjoying much more than book 1 and I’m eagerly awaiting the final instalment of his trilogy The Mockingjay.
Date published: 2010-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular sequel! I havent read many books where the sequel may be even better than the first, but this one blew me away. Katniss's actions in the last Hunger Games have started a spark in the Districts and the Capitol is looking to silence her before things get out of control. She has loads to deal with in this book and it makes for great reading. Loads of suspense, action, secrets and something no one even knew existed! Definite book to read and own.
Date published: 2010-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She's done it again! Collins comes up with another mind blowingly good novel. Just as good as the first. I am falling to pieces waiting for the third installement of the novel to finally hit the shelfs. The love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale leaves me confused because I can not manage to choose who I want her to be with.. I am team Switzerland on this one as well.. LOVEd this novel the way she develops the characters makes you know them.. makes you part of their story.. So far. I am putting the hunger games in my top three favorite series.. along with Twilight Saga and The mortal instruments!
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A worthy sequel Book 2 from The Hunger Games Trilogy leaves no bad taste in my mouth, but rather a little drool of anticipation for book 3! I was very curious as to how Collins would manage to capture me with book 2. The idea of either a romantic triangle seemed far to silly compared to the epic that came from the first book. In fact nothing that I could come up with seemed to be worthy. Even tossing about ideas of how the Capitol would seek revenge for the actions of book 1 felt weak. Still, I couldn't wait to get my hands on book 2. Somehow Collins manage to twist and turn and strike brilliance. And while yes, this book set up for the plot in book 3 I didn't feel bored or like Collins was just doing a 'filler'. The plot pulled you in and tugged at your heart strings for all the obstacles that stood in the way of Katniss and Peeta. Collins really developed these two so brilliantly. They both went through growth and change but never did they feel like different characters. Mostly what I loved about this second book was how brilliantly Collins gave us, readers & fans, more and not once did I feel cheated.
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Page Turner with a Superb Ending! Things start a little slow in this sequel to the Hunger Games, but it's a necessary foundation for the continuation of the trilogy. This story offers everything that the first book offered, and then some. I am surprised that so much material is covered in such a short book. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's like there's 2 books here, really. I am not sure I like this book better - but what I do like better is how Katniss has matured and how her relationships with both Peeta and Gale are maturing, too. As a reader, I am hardpressed to choose which guy she should really be with. That's a first! You'll love the ending. I almost had to hide to find a special place to read in peace - I am usually in a noisy room with my family when I am reading - and I knew I wanted to be alone to savour the ending...and it did not dissapoint!
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to read the 3rd book. A great second book to continue on the story of Katniss, Peeta, and a looming rebellion. A little repetitive, but sets the tone and creates a suspense that leaves you impatiently waiting for the 3rd book.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catching Fire Just like "The Hunger Games", Suzanne Collins' "Catching Fire" gripped me from beginning to end and left me begging for more. The thing I love about these books is that it is never clear what is going to happen. Twists and turns abound at the least expected moments and have the reader looking back to make sure what happened really did just happen. The world created by Collins is also a spectacular one, for even though it is grim and eerie, half-heartedly covered by fake glamour and shine, these are the exact qualities that make us want to know more about it. The new characters introduced are also interesting, some shattering their first impressions while old characters remain as enjoyable to read as ever. “Catching Fire” was a brilliant novel that rivals, if not exceeded, its prequel.
Date published: 2010-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! The best. Read the first hunger games book, and then you'll fall in love with this one. I love the romance the action, and the fighting. its the nest of the best. suzanne collins, was amazing!!
Date published: 2010-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!!! This was a great book, so great in fact that I LITERALLY COULDN'T STOP READING!! I actually read it in one sitting getting no sleep and even slightly regretting it. There was always something happening and keeping you wondering whats next. very suspensful. would not however recommend it to 10-12 year olds, a bit too graphic killing and violence.
Date published: 2010-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I finished the novel in one sitting. The new ways that Katniss, Peeta, Cinna, and the rest of the characters come up with to defy the captiol is very entertaining. This book was just as good as the first, and I recommend it to anyone. I can't wait for the third.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first I read other peoples reviews of this book before I read it and many said it wasn't as good as the first. I went in with lower expectations because of this but was so happy to find I loved it as much as the first book. The story is evolving nicely with her struggles on romance and a possible war which could harm the people she cares for most. Yet she can't help but want change for the communities under the capitols thumb where pain and starvation is normal day occurances.
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took a while for it to kick in I thought it was quite slow and boring in the beginning and it seem to drag on for a while but once the climax start building, it got really exciting, the ending was definately a page-turner! Its pretty hard to get through the beginning though but i recommend you to not give up! I absolutely love the ending, best part of the book, the first book definately was by far better than the second. But i have to say i think the third book will be much better seeing where the second book left off. Hope so!
Date published: 2009-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it wasn't as good as the first the first book was way better than the first, i found that it was a bit slower to get into. I still enjoyed it alot. I definitely reccommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2009-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I didn't enjoy it as much as the first.... This book was good, just not as good as the first book. I don't want to give any spoilers but I would definitely recommend this series.
Date published: 2009-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more than the first book entitled Hunger Games. I anxiously awaits next year release of the third book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2009-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Catching Fire Catching fire started out pretty boring for the first 100 pages or so but it defiantly got better, although not quite as good as The Hunger Games. Yes, it was full of action and suspense but it took a while to get there. I felt the characters matured considerably in the book and a few new characters were introduced that I really like. Catching Fire was different from The Hunger Games because it got more into detail about the characters, the capitol, the districts and the plot outside of the hunger games. In simpler words, the rebellion against the capitol. The ending was an extreme cliffhanger! I'm now very excited to read the third and final novel! I enjoyed Catching Fire but I was slightly disappointed.
Date published: 2009-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sequel On Fire After winning the Hunger Games in defiance of the Capitol with fellow District Tribune Peeta, Katniss should be living a life of luxury. That is until President Snow constructs the rules for the quarter quell, rules that send Peeta, Katniss and all former Games winners back into the arena. I was looking forward to reading this sequel to the Hunger Games ever since I heard when it was going to be released. I very much enjoyed it, however not quite as much as the first one. The writing is the same as the first, it pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading to see what is going to happen next. The reader feels the same emotions, fear and relief, along with Katniss. The character have real depth and emotion and we can really see, feel and relate to their motivations But I also thought that the plot line for Katniss and Peeta to return to the area was a little convenient. However a lot of the twists and turns while back in the arena are clever. True to a classic trilogy, the second book of the Hunger Games ends with a cliff hanger, forcing you, as if you didn’t already want to, read the conclusion. Story **** Characters ***** Readability ***** Overall rating ****
Date published: 2009-11-14

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Praise for Catching Fire:#1 New York Times Bestseller#1 Publishers Weekly BestsellerA Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction Book of 2009A People Magazine (Top 10) Best Book of 2009A New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceA Los Angeles Times Best Children's Book of 2009A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009A Booklist Editors' Choice 2009A Kirkus Best Book of 2009#1 USA Today Bestseller#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller"Enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." - School Library Journal, starred review"Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power." - Time Magazine"Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue (so who needs vampires?)." - People Magazine"Collins has joined J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer as a writer of children's books that adults are eager to read." -"Catching Fire not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them." - Stephenie Meyer