Catching Fire: Book summary and reviews of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

The Second Book of the Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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BookBrowse Review by Amy Reading
If you are reading this review, chances are that you're wondering if the Hunger Games trilogy lives up to the hype. Yes. A thousand times yes. All you need to do is read the first few pages of The Hunger Games to verify this. You'll be pulled in and under. You'll set aside anything else you've been reading. You'll shirk your duties at work. You'll start reading under the table at dinnertime. I quickly learned that the only way I could make myself close the covers would be to break off in the middle of a chapter. If I waited until the end, the unbelievable cliffhanger with which Collins closes every single chapter would catch me and pull me back into the book. The only way to read these books is compulsively. Full Review

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"Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine. Forget Edward and Jacob: by book's end, readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale? Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"Beyond the expert world building, the acute social commentary and the large cast of fully realized characters, there's action, intrigue, romance and some amount of hope in a story readers will find completely engrossing." - Kirkus Reviews

".... enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." - School Library Journal

"Catching Fire, the sequel to Suzanne Collins' phenomenal The Hunger Games. It not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them. Suzanne takes the story places I wasn't expecting, and she's never afraid to take it to very hard places. Stunning. You won't sleep when you're reading this one." - Stephenie Meyer

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The second book in Suzanne Collins the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, has you constantly thinking. This story was so difficult to predict. Once you thought you knew what was happening and what was going to happen next it would take a completely different path. Every plan set out by the main character, Katniss, is continuously undermined by some event that forces her to change tactics. By far, the biggest shock and kink in any plan or strategy she can come up with is the announcement for the third Quarter Quell of the Hunger Games. The twist is that the tributes that will enter the arena will not be the usual poll of teens at random but the victors from each District who, once they won the Hunger Game that they had been previously in were given the stipulation that they would be immune to all future Hunger Games.

The Capitol claims that this is a way to “remind the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol.” Once all of the players are in the arena you are struggling the entire time to judge each players intentions and motives. Wondering if the friendships among the victors will win out over the fact that they have now become enemies. You are kept on your toes because it is impossible to determine whether the help from one tribute to another is out of the goodness of their heat or if it is really just a ploy to gain their trust so that they can just turn around and kill the other in the end. As hard as you try to evaluate the situation and predict what the outcome will be, or even just the next move for that matter, you are sure to be shocked.

The very last line in the book Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins does nothing to come to a close but only leaves your mind full of questions you are eager to have answered. This is a great tactic that she used to basically force you into reading the next and final book in the trilogy which is Mockingjay. (edited for plot spoilers).


Catching Fire
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. The book picks up almost exactly where the first book leaves off. Now Katness and Peeta have to deal with the repercussions of both winning the Hunger Games. This book will show the harsh realities of living under the Capitals power, and will also give reader an insight of what it is like to live in the other Districts. Catching Fire also adds a new level of excitement to the Games because of twist in how the participates are chosen.
   Once again Katness and Peeta are forced into the Hunger games, but this time to protect the people they love. Because of Katniss defiance against the Capital she is now the symbol of rebellion among the Districts. Katness winning the Hunger Games is even more important because of the hope she gives the Districts. This can be seen when Plutarch says, "While you live, the revolution lives."
   I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first book in the series, unlike many books where the second book is not as good as the first I think this one can hold its own. I think this because there are new story lines that keep the plot moving. If you have not read the first book I recommend you go out and get it right now so you can enjoy the Hunger Games trilogy. I also recommend picking up the third book because Catching Fire is a set up for the third book and when you finish it you are going to be left wanting more.
   My only complaint with the book is that the first half is a little slow. Most of the action happens in the very ending of the book. I love the Hunger Games series because it is so different than anything I have every read before. If you read this book I am sure you will agree.


I loved it. I finished all the trilogy in less than a month and every time I came to an end of a chapter, I'd be screaming or yelling or crying or be shocked. They were all amazing. It's my favorite book and I'm only a pre-teen. AWSOME BOOK!! I recomend to all pre-teens and up. Love it


Hunger Games
The new series of books by Suzanne Collins have created a group of fans who are hungry for the resolution of Katniss Everdeen’s distorted, futuristic, dystopia. Hunger Games is written through the voice of Katniss, a strong young women who, unlike other first person heroines, has a head on her shoulders and a no-nonsense attitude. Katniss is easy to identify with, and the readers are easily drawn into her high adrenaline, violent story. The main character is forced by her corrupt government to participate in the annual Hunger Games. In the games, 24 participants are drawn to fight for their lives in a hostile environment. But the environment is not the true danger; it is the 23 other participants to watch out for in this every-man-for-himself, twisted game. The young contestants are forced to make decisions about who they are, who they will be, and what they will fight for. The book is a great for readers young and old who love adventure, and an element of creepiness all packed into a quick read. The thought-provoking book will put you in situations like none other, and will have you on the edge of your seat page after page. Make sure to have easy access to the second book in the series, Catching Fire. You will be craving to read it the instant you reach the end.


Better than the First Book
I thought the first book in the series, The Hunger Games, could not be surpassed, but this book was so great. I really loved how the story and characters are progressing in this new book. Katniss and Peeta are back home, but life is very unsettled even though they no longer have to worry about food or money. They are beginning to get evidence that other districts are beginning to rebel. That is where the story takes off. I don't want to give anything away, but the story develops in a very thoughtful way that is just as suspenseful and scary as the first book. I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next book. Suzanne Collins has put together two very remarkable books.

Suzanne G.

2nd in HG Series
Again, what can I say? Only what the popularity of the Hunger Games series has shown to all readers—this second book is a wonderful story.

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Suzanne Collins Author Biography

Bestselling author Suzanne Collins first made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles series for middle grade readers. Her debut for readers aged 12 and up, The Hunger Games (September 2008), immediately became a New York Times bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It was called "addictive" by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, and "amazing" by Stephenie Meyer on her website, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2008 and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.

Catching Fire (September 2009), the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy, debuted at #1 on the USA Today bestseller list and simultaneously appeared at #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller ...

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