Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Hardcover: 391 pages
Published: September 1st 2009

Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0439023491 
ISBN13: 9780439023498
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Received: Bought
Challenges: 2012 TBR Challenge, 2012 Goodreads Challenge
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn.
 My Thoughts:
Katniss and Peeta are alive. After the stunt that they pulled in the Hunger Games after they changed the rules at the very end. Making them both decide, they both live or die. 
After that, the Capitol is not very happy. President Snow is rather pissed, and looking for his revenge. 
After Katniss returns home from the District Tours, she is reunited with her family in their new home. She must return to the woods. She has to know how Gale is after everything that has happened during the Hunger Games. After of course Katniss and Peeta have professed their love for each other. Where does that leave her with Gale now? How does he feel about her?
After talking to Gale she has made a choice. Including all the ones that she loves. That is stopped abruptly after a visit from President Snow, that left Katniss fearing for the lives of those she loves!
Catching Fire was just as, if not better then The Hunger Games. It was a very well written, fast paced, edge of your seat book. You get to learn more about the characters. You get to see, how they have grown. Especially Katniss and Peeta. After everything that they have been through. Together. 
You will find yourself lost in the world that Suzanne Collins has created. How the world is created is so amazing. The things that are happening to the citizens of District 12, as well as the other Districts. Havoc is breaking out. Rebellion. Everything is falling apart. 
After the news about the 75th annual Hunger Games, I think my mouth was on the floor for a good 20 min. I could not believe what was happening. After everything that Katniss and Peeta had been through, the nightmare was not over. 
For me, this book was hands down amazing. More than any words I could say about this book would do it justice! 
*I will be announcing my new ratings possibly tomorrow. I have a new one*

10 comments:

  1. Great review which, as somebody who is currently reading the book, doesn't give away spoilers.

    And yes, I am enjoying it. :)

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  2. Totally agree with you - I loved Catching Fire. In fact, it's probably my fave book of the series. I just love the additional world building and how Suzanne started to give us hints and details about the rebellion that's brewing. Great review!

    P.S. I think you may have meant Peeta and not Gale in the first sentence :).

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  3. More and More this series is coming up where ever I go ... I must read it soon, GREAT REVIEW :)

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  4. I loved Catching Fire too!! It really is a hard book to review, not only because of how awesome it is, but it's hard to say anything without it being a spoiler. Great job!!

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  5. So excited that you loved Catching Fire!! It was my favorite of the three books I think. I am pretty sure I am in the minority on that but I just felt like so much happened. I loved it!! I think my jaw was on the floor for a while after the 75th hunger games announcement too!!!

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  6. I thought the same exact thing! I thought this was even better than The Hunger Games and I was so excited to read Mockingjay. Mockingjay was a let down for me though, it wasn't as magical as the first two. It was like our great characters just laid down and let the society beat them. I hope you enjoy book three, I think you have already read it though.

    Thanks for the great review, love the new ratings!

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  7. Catching fire is amazing! I loved and adored it too! I was thrilled by the development and the creation of one of my all time favorite characters, Finnick!
    Great review!
    New follower :)
    Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

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  8. I totally agree that it was amazing. Such a great book.

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    Catching Fire (Book two of the Hunger Games Trilogy) was by far the best. It had one of the most breathtaking twists found in a series so far. Going back into Katniss Everdeen's mind was great. I loved her opinions and thoughts of everything that was going on throughout her new life. Suzanne Collins outdid herself as an author.

    This book features "the spark" to the rebellion. The ending is so mind blowing you want to go back and see every instance of foreshadowing up until the end. It's a total cliffhanger, you will literally get your keys and drive to Barnes and Noble to buy your copy of Mockingjay and start reading the minute you arrive home-at least I did.

    Lucky for you, you didn't have to face the depression of waiting an entire year to have the final book released.

    Catching Fire (Book two of the Hunger Games Trilogy) was by far the best. It had one of the most breathtaking twists found in a series so far. Going back into Katniss Everdeen's mind was great. I loved her opinions and thoughts of everything that was going on throughout her new life. Suzanne Collins outdid herself as an author.

    This book features "the spark" to the rebellion. The ending is so mind blowing you want to go back and see every instance of foreshadowing up until the end. It's a total cliffhanger, you will literally get your keys and drive to Barnes and Noble to buy your copy of Mockingjay and start reading the minute you arrive home-at least I did.

    Lucky for you, you didn't have to face the depression of waiting an entire year to have the final book released.

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