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Catching Fire

Hunger Games Trilogy

By Suzanne Collins

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 04 July 2009
Against all odds Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and its harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have secured, for themselves and their families, a life of safety and plenty. They will live in fancy houses in Victory Village, their families will never be hungry again, and the cruel games are behind them. But there are rumours of rebellion among the other districts, and to Katniss's horror, Katniss and Peeta are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. The Capitol will not be fooled again. Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in this second novel of the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.


Stephen King meets Dr. Zhivago. I am being less than fair in promoting the much-anticipated sequel to Collins's The Hunger Games (see my 2008 Best of the Year list) when it will not be out until September. My only excuse is that it gives the uninitiated a last chance to read the first book before this one climbs to the top of the children's best-sellers list. (Add yourself to your library's holds queue now!) The story takes place in a future world where teens are made to compete to the death in an annual tribute called the Hunger Games. At the conclusion of the first volume, the games' victors face an uncertain future at the hands of a cruel Capitol. All I will say about the second is that it is as much of a page-turner as the first and leaves the reader even more desperate for what comes next. Why It Is for Us: If heart-stopping adventure is not your cup of tea, consider reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire for their winning characters and epic themes of oppression, rebellion, and love. Collins cannot write the third book fast enough.-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Gr 7 Up-Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008), Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve, thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel, Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find herself more the center of attention than ever. The sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit, and Katniss's fear when Snow meets with her alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta's mandatory Victory Tour through the districts, preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a truncated version of the Games themselves. Slower paced than its predecessor, this sequel explores the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and a spreading rebellion, ignited by Katniss and Peeta's subversive victory. Katniss also deepens as a character. Though initially bewildered by the attention paid to her, she comes almost to embrace her status as the rebels' symbolic leader. Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment.-Megan Honig, New York Public Library Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Fresh from their improbable victory in the annual Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta get to enjoy the spoils only briefly before they must partake in a Capitol-sponsored victory tour. But trouble is brewing-President Snow tells Katniss directly he won't stand for being outsmarted, and she overhears rumbles of uprisings in Panem's districts. Before long it's time for the next round of games, and because it's the 75th anniversary of the competition, something out of the ordinary is in order. If this second installment spends too much time recapping events from book one, it doesn't disappoint when it segues into the pulse-pounding action readers have come to expect. Characters from the previous volume reappear to good effect: Katniss's stylist, Cinna, proves he's about more than fashion; Haymitch becomes more dimensional. But the star remains Katniss, whose bravery, honesty and wry cynicism carry the narrative. (About her staff of beauticians she quips: "They never get up before noon unless there's some sort of national emergency, like my leg hair.") Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine. Forget Edward and Jacob: by book's end (and it's a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides-Peeta or Gale? Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781407109367
ISBN: 1407109367
Publisher: Scholastic
Dimensions: 20.1 x 15.1 x 2.9 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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Celia Torres-Villanueva on
I read the first book in the series to see if it was suitable for my kids. I absolutely loved it!

This second book was not disappointing at all, as many middle books in trilogies/series tend to be. It sustained the suspense of the first book and followed through on the plot points, including the romance. Overall, the entire trilogy has plenty of suspense, action and mildly gory violence for my son and just and a charming story of romance for my daughter. An excellent example of how young adult literature should be written: it's intelligent and gripping enough for adults (a.k.a. the parents), and has valuable lessons about politics, ethics and morals for the kids.
Conor Tobin on
This book is the 2nd in the series. It answers allot of questions you had left from reading the first book. The second book is by far a better book. You are introduced to some new characters and get to know the older ones better. A must read if you liked the first one.
Lara Puglisi on
The Hunger Games was awesome, Catching Fire even better and I can't wait to read the third. As with the first this book has you on the edge of your seat the entire time. And if you love cliff hangers this book ends with one that leaves you hanging for the conclusion. Excellent read!
Gia Chen on
This is one goooooood book.
I was hooked from beginning to end but you should read the first book before you read this one.
Can't wait for the third istalment.
Gareth McNaughten on
You need to read The Hunger Games before reading this. Catching Fire takes the reader on a journey that for me was not where I was expecting to go. A lot of twists and surprises. Sets up the third book nicely.
Oh, man. I think this book series has become my favourite.
It's original and thrilling, I have gotten overly attached to
the characters. Its like you're in the book alongside Katniss,
though in most circumstances you wouldn't want to be. I would definitely
recommend this book series to anyone, you won't be disappointed
After the success of The Hunger Games, I have to admit my expectations were high for the second, but I am happy to say that after reading it, it has definitely surpassed them! While the first book was adventurous and set up the trilogy, Catching Fire focuses more on the political intrigue of Panem. Though this book does feel slightly transitionary, as most middle books in Trilogy's do- it was in a good way, and the character development in this book is very good. Most of the reviews I've read for Catching Fire say that they prefer Catching Fire to The Hunger Games, and I agree with them. After the cliffhanger ending, you will definitely be eagerly anticipating book 3!
Marina Tannous on
Best series ive ever read.

Would recommended to anyone guaranteed they would like it :)

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