Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (391 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint
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.
This story was so captivating that I had to read it again. While the first installment of this series was entertaining, this was by far my favorite. The introduction of new characters and an even thicker plot line was riveting and made this story truly entertaining.
A the end of The Hunger Games, the characters' futures seemed to be looking up. It even made me question what the second story would be about, but boy did things change. Katniss and Peeta are presented with all new challenges because, when trying to save their lives, they inadvertently created an uprising within the districts. It was interesting to see how Katniss, along with Peeta, tried to solve a problem they didn’t even know they created. This seems like such a burden for a children to bear, yet they faced each stage head on. In this story, I really got to see Katniss step up and not only protect her sister but everyone else who she cares for no matter the consequences to herself.
Peeta proved to me why he was my favorite character in the first story by being even better this time around. Katniss is really the one facing having to suffer the consequences of her and Peeta’s actions. Yet Peeta still stands by her side even if their relationship is questionable at best.
This story was another gut wrenching plot that left me in tears at times. The new characters introduced in this story far surpassed the supporting cast in The Hunger Games. Although, some of the previous favorites like Gale, Seneca, and Primrose make an appearance as well. New characters are introduced that make this story just plan enjoyable. The twists and turns the author came up with to challenge these characters was inspirational.
You must read the first installment of this trilogy to truly appreciate this story. Trust me, you will want to read the first story as well as the second and the third. I originally read the series then I allowed my ten year old to read them. She asked me numerous times if she could re-read the series. She even finished reading Catching Fire in two days, that is how captivating it was. Do not mistake this as just a young adult novel either, anyone of any age can appreciate this book. So please pick it up today.