June 7, 2011

The Call to Revolution • Catching Fire

Catching Fire book cover
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Previous Book: The Hunger Games
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Source/Format: Bought || Hardcover

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.

Though I thoroughly drawn into the world of the Capitol and it's districts, it was a few weeks later when I was finally able to purchase Catching Fire. Once I started reading it though, I couldn't put it down all over again, as the story drew me in, held me captive and didn't let go until it was over.

Catching Fire was utterly gripping, as I've already said. I can't even explain very well what held me so intrigued, although I do have a few key points in mind:

- I enjoyed watching Katniss deal with the new problems brought on by the scrutiny of President Snow, the discontent stirred by her impulsive actions during The Hunger Games and her feelings for Gale and Peeta.

- It was interesting to read about how Katniss' inspirational stand against the Capitol (leading to her victory alongside Peeta) was starting to fan the flames of discontent and need and righteousness in the distracts. The book's title seems to refer not only to District 12 and the elaborate costumes Cinna and Portia put Peeta and Katniss in, but also to this subversive little message.

- Reading about The Hunger Games for the second time and meeting a brand new set of contestants (all of whom were former victors) was exciting. I enjoyed learning more about the districts, all the new characters brought into play and the arena's concept this time around.

- The ending of Catching Fire was amazing and totally unexpected. When I was reading it, I kept thinking (simultaneously as the reading) is this really happening? It definitely is a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting to know just what's going to happen next and how it all ends.

Honestly, the hype this series has been receiving is well-deserved. Suzanne is a fantastic writer and her words bring to life a world and characters that I can only imagine in my mind, but feel utterly realistic.

I definitely recommend Catching Fire and the rest of The Hunger Games trilogy.


  1. The book is A-MAZING. Seriously, I couldn't put it down. Maybe that's because I've always loved adventure. And like Katniss will do or give up anything for the people I love.

    Great review sis.

    1. Thanks love! I really enjoyed this one. It's my favorite out of the trilogy, for sure.

  2. This is my favorite book of the trilogy!
    I just love every single part of it, and as you said the end is amazing and totally unexpected!
    Love your review and your site.


  3. I read some reviews that said this book was pointless and it was a repeat of the first. I totally disagree. I think this one is possibly better than the first because it goes beyond the arena to show the rampant corruption and the inhumane treatment in the districts. It rises to a whole other level.

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