Book Reviews

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My edition: Library hardback
Pages: 391
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopian
Published: September 1, 2009, by Scholastic Press
Rating: 5 stars


Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol—a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.


Part 1: The Spark

A mockingjay is a creature the Capitol never intened to exist.

During part one Katniss is faced with the tour and her fractured relationship with Peeta. I fully love Peeta and was sad at how in the movie their relationship wasn’t anywhere near what we encounter in the book. At least in this, we can see why it ends the way it does. The slow build-up of the unrest in the districts. How Snow thinks he can suffocate the fire when in reality all he’s doing is stroking the flames higher.

Part 2: The Quell

They, or should I say we, are the very embodiment of hope where there is no hope. And now twenty-three of us will be killed to show how even that hope was an illusion.

Of course, the Quell signifies Katniss going back into the games. Again, Peeta and her relationship grow stronger and closer. I started realizing now that there are a lot of gold references that do have a meaning. How she got close to all the tributes and how they all really don’t want to go back into the games except for District 2. Still Snow over here stroking the flames higher with a fan which in his mind should put out the flames.

Part 3: The Enemy

I would like to be honest and say I love the brains behind these games. I love how it’s set up. I hate that people die. I love the ingeniousness of it especially when connected with the ending and what it means going into the next book.

I am going to wait before jumping into the next book. I need something super cute to cleanse.

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