Book Review – Catching Fire

*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title:
Catching Fire
Author: 
Suzanne Collins
Main Theme: 
Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction, Action, Romance

Thesis: After surviving the Hunger Games, Peeta and Katniss return home to enjoy the lavish new lifestyle with their families. They are unaware of what the world is like outside, not knowing of the rebellion brewing by different districts, inspired by Katniss’s actions during the Games. Six months after the Games, the champions are doing a Victory Tour, going from district to district. President Snow informs Katniss of what her actions have caused and tells her she must convince the country that what she did was an act purely out of love for Peeta, not to cause a rebellion. After all of her hard work, Peeta purposes to Katniss at the end of the Tour, but President Snow tells her it was not enough.

Katniss and Peeta go home and notice subtle changes, like new Peacekeepers who keep everyone in line, including beating Gale mercilessly. Katniss meets two women in the woods on the run to the mysterious District 13, which was supposedly blown to bits years and years ago due to rebellious acts. Out of the blue, the Capitol announces that for the 75th Games, or the Quarter Quell, the living champions of the past would compete instead of taking in new champions. So Peeta and Katniss are thrown back into the arena, fighting for their lives against all the members of society who have survived before them.

What Drew Me In: So Catching Fire is book two of the Hunger Games series, so obviously I gotta read it after liking The Hunger Games so much. I was very excited to see what life would be like after Katniss and Peeta return home. I figured some sort of rebellion would happen, but I was thinking maybe it was something like Prim would be announced as the new champion and Katniss had to mentor her as the main plotline. I was shocked to see that she would have to go back to the arena instead, and the threat that weighs heavily on her shoulders.

My Thoughts: This book really focuses on the rebellion that is taking place after Katniss’s brave demonstration that she would not be a pawn in the Capitol’s twisted game. After President Snow’s threat to hurt her family and loved ones, she tries her hardest to convince the country (and herself) that what she did was out of love to Peeta, that she could never live without him. While it might have fooled the foolish people in the Capitol, it did not convince everyone in the districts. In retaliation for Katniss’s failure in convincing the people, President Snow has it arranged that the Quater Quell’s Games Katniss and Peeta would be sent back to the arena to face off against any remaining champions. The feeling of betrayal and overall darkness of this series is very strong, and I just love it.

Would I recommend this book?: Definitely. Not only is it the second book to the series, but the pages are filled with a fast pace that keeps you turning page after page, wanting to know more and more. Suzanne Collins did a great job at keeping the story moving, so it did not get stuck in a rut like some book 2’s and 3’s do. Head down to your local library and get your hands on a copy of it!

I’m so excited that I finished this book, and even more excited to read the third and last book, Mockingjay. I will hopefully pick it up this week and begin to read it ASAP! 

By the way, I’m in a phase of dystopian fiction right now, I picked up the book “The Selection” by Kiera Cass. Anyone else read this series? How did you like it? I’m interested to see what it is all about, although I don’t think it will be as bloody as the Hunger Games series. 

The Library Lady ♡

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