Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Released: September 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 391
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN-13: 987-0-439-02349-8

Catching Fire is the second book in Suzanne Collins‘ Hunger Games trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book, The Hunger Games, and was very excited to read Catching Fire.

In this installment, Katniss has to deal with winning the Hunger Games with her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta, against the odds and the rules, by pretending to be in love. Upon returning to her district, Katniss should be happy but nothing is the way she wants it to be — her longtime friend, Gale, is cold, Peeta wants little to do with her since he learned that she wasn’t really in love with him, and the President has his eye on Katniss since her rebellion has sparked unrest across Panem.

Once again, Suzanne Collins has delivered an amazing story. I love the world she’s created and the lead characters are so interesting. I like that there aren’t easy answers a lot of the time, and that both Gale and Peeta are great guys, which makes Katniss’ wavering between the two more believable. The author has done a great job of showing Katniss’ conflict in both the emotional and political arenas, and has created a story that leaves me dying for more. I can’t say how happy I am that the final book of the trilogy is out already, so that I don’t have to wait too long.

Hunger Games trilogy (click on the title to purchase the book through the Book Depository)

  1. The Hunger Games [my review]
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

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