Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen has survived the games, but a what cost? In the suspenseful sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss must tour the districts with her fellow winner Peeta Mellark and convince the nation that her "rebellious" act at the end of the games was out of her love for Peeta and not in fact a sign of rebellion.

In a time when Katniss should be happy and relieved, she is anything but as changes are made to District 12 and as the 75th Hunger Games approach. It is clear to Katniss that her fight for survival is no where near over. She has made powerful enemies in the Capitol and both Peeta and her friend Gale Hawthorne are keeping their distance.

Will Katniss be able to survive what the Capitol throws at her? Is there more to her feelings for Gale and Peeta than she realizes? And what exactly happened to District 13?

Catching Fire begins almost directly after The Hunger Games. Katniss is still the strong character we all know her to be, but there are moments when readers will want to smack her. Readers will once again lose themselves in a the dystopian world that Collins has created and chapters will fly by. As most of the book takes place in District 12, readers will learn more about Katniss and her family as well as the people of the place she calls home. Old characters will warm hearts even as suspense builds and new characters will cause heart stopping fear. Readers will be begging for the third book in the trilogy by the time they have finished reading this second fast paced installment.

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