Title: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre Themes: Science-Fiction, Dystopian
Date Published: sep. 1, 2009
Cover Rating: 4.5/5
Page Count: 391
Buy: Catching Fire
Synopsis: 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.
Sequel To: The Hunger Games
I found this second book to be much easier to get into. I was into it right away, although I got even more into it towards the middle again. (For reasons I can’t get into…)
Katniss’s PTSD (Post-Trauma-Stress-Disorder) was much more apparent. It was there in the first book, but more subtle. But in Catching Fire it’s front and center, although never officially announced.
Gale and Peeta are the same – I still don’t see why people hate Gale so much. Granted, I haven’t read the third book, so maybe something happens in there, but still. I like him. In a different way than I like Peeta, though. I find Peeta to just be likable – one of those characters you don’t even try to resist.
The story itself doesn’t have any of the second-book-syndrome. Meaning, it doesn’t just seem like a filler. It’s well thought-out and totally connects with first book. You don’t get any of that lagging as you do with other series, which was nice.
Things happen in this book, and they don’t get resolved, and I’m not okay with it. As a author, I see why and I get why what happened, happened. But as a fan-
Seriously though, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this book, so I’d better stop now before I either bore you or spoil something.