Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the library
First line: I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.
I waited for what seemed like ages on the library hold list for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. Because I was so desperate to get my hands on it, I was a little worried about how the actual book would hold up to my extreme anticipation. Fortunately, my fears were groundless, and this book is a worthy follow-up to The Hunger Games.
Catching Fire picks up with Katniss and Peeta back home in District 12, living in Victor’s Village, sharing their winnings in money and food with the other residents. Her relationship with Gale is forever changed, as he can’t come to terms with the relationship she had with Peeta during the Games. She has kept Peeta at a distance, but that is about to change. The Victory Tour is coming up, and Katniss and Peeta are expected to tour all 12 districts, flaunting their victory before the very people who loved the other tributes that were killed during the Games.
That would be hard enough, but it seems that Katniss’s final act of defiance in the Games has sparked a revolution, with uprisings occurring in several districts. President Snow makes a very personal visit to Katniss and makes it clear that her love for Peeta must be very convincing during the tour, or else her life – and the lives of all the people she loves – will be at risk.
Collins has again created a page-turner of a novel. It took me no time at all to be drawn back into Katniss’s world, and by the time I reached the halfway point, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Every time I thought I knew which direction the book was going, there was a turn in the plot that left me reeling. I hated turning the last page, especially knowing that I have to wait a year for the next book in the series.
If you haven’t read these books yet, I can’t recommend them strongly enough. The 24-Hour Read-a-thon is coming up, and these books would be the perfect for that.
As I read the various reviews of Catching Fire, bloggers were making their preference for Gale or Peeta known. I withheld my judgment until I had a chance to read book two, but now I am firmly on