Catching Fire

April 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM | Posted in !Book reviews! | Leave a comment

Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Science fiction, young adult, distopian
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: September 1, 2009
Pages: 391

Catching Fire takes off were The Hunger Games ended. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark survived the 74th annual Hunger Games, but now Katniss is in danger because of her rebellious image. Because she took matters into her own hands during the Games, the Capitol had to allow both Katniss and Peeta to win. This undermined the Capitol’s totalitarian authority. Meanwhile, Katniss and Peeta aren’t on speaking terms anymore, because Katniss admitted that her love for Peeta was part of winning the Games, although she’s not sure anymore.
While back at District 12 again, President Snow visits Katniss to threaten her. Because of her rebellion, people all over Panem revolted against the Capitol. He swears the Capitol will murder everyone she holds dear when she continues to rebel: her mother, her sister Prim and her friend Gale, for whom she has certain feelings as well. Katniss and Peeta, both shocked by the Capitol’s threat, make plans to leave the District, especially after a new guard of the District is appointed.
But then the preparations for the 75th Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell, take place. Every 25th ‘anniversary’ of the Games allows the Game Makers to twist the Games a bit. This time, two previous victors from each District will be selected again for the battle. Since Katniss is the only female winner from District 12, she has to return to the arena..

While the first book was a bit better than this second book, this one still managed to make me a Hunger Games addict. The story takes a while to actually get to the point, but after that moment there’s no holding back. Suzanne Collins hasn’t lost her talent of coming up with great cliffhangers that just makes me stick to my book for hours, literally. When I started reading, I couldn’t put it away anymore. The threat in this book has become even bigger, with the Capitol watching Katniss’s every move, another arena with an unknown setting, and ofcourse the previous victors who already have experienced the Games. It’s not about 24 scared kids anymore, now it’s all about the real professional killers. These constant threats are around Katniss every step of the way, and combined with her promise to keep Peeta alive instead of herself makes it even more interesting and exciting.
The ending was a bit weird, I’ve never seen such an anticlimax when it comes to the ending of the Games, but then the last page of the book features another great cliffhanger which caused me to start reading the third book, Mockingjay, right away!



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