Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

catchingfireTitle: 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


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16 Responses to Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

  1. Laura @ ImBookingIt
    Twitter: bookingit

    Just out of curiosity, are you Team Peeta for you or for Katniss? If I was choosing for me, I’d take Peeta, but I’m still uncommitted for Katniss. Or maybe I’m on Team She’s Too Young To Commit :-).
    .-= Laura @ ImBookingIt´s last blog ..Winners: The Way Home by George P. Pelecanos =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Laura – I guess I don’t think of Katniss as too young, because she’s had to deal with such grown-up things. I am on Team Peeta for both of us, I guess – because I admire his inherent goodness and the sacrificial way he loves Katniss. Though in real life, I’d probably be more attracted to Gale, because I always go for brunettes. 🙂

  2. Kathy says:

    I think everyone in the world has read these, except me!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Ghoulish Goodies =-.

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I know that when I read this book eventually, it needs to be on audio so the kids and I can listen together. The library doesn’t carry it right now, but I am sure they will have to pick it up at some point (we are immersed in Harry Potter audios at the moment). I guess I am curious to compare it to the brilliance of The Hunger Games. Not all the reviews have been glowing, and definitely put it way in second place over HG. It won’t stop me from reading it though!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Another Challenge Completed =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I actually liked it just as well as the first one, but I know I’ve read some people had a bit of trouble getting into it.

  4. Melody says:

    I’m currently reading this book and I’m glad it is well worth the wait!!! I’m hoping to finish it earliest by tomorrow! 😛
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..Monday Memes =-.

  5. S. Krishna
    Twitter: skrishna

    Ooh, you’re right about these books being perfect for the 24 hour read-a-thon! I can’t wait for the last one!
    .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..Casting Off – Nicole Dickson =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Swapna – I sat on the couch on Saturday and read until I finished – and it wasn’t even a Read-a-thon weekend! I hope I can find some other reading for the read-a-thon that is just as engrossing. 🙂

  6. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit

    I just read this book for book club and loved it. I think it is a solid middle book for a trilogy!
    .-= Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)´s last blog ..Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal =-.

  7. Framed says:

    Team Peeta or Team Gale? I don’t think we know enough about Gale to make a fair choice. No doubt about it, Peeta is wonderful; but Gale seems pretty compelling as well. At least, Katniss is drawn to him. I guess we’ll have to wait until Book Three to find out. I suspect Peeta wins in the end. A year is an awful long time to wait to find out. Great review.
    .-= Framed´s last blog ..99. Seventy-Seven Clocks =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Framed – I suspect with the way Catching Fire ends that we will see more of Gale in book three. It will be interesting to see if I switch teams. 🙂

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