Release Date: September 1, 2009
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.
When I read Hunger Games a couple months ago, I was immediately amazed by the book's riveting plot, detailed writing, and ability to keep me attentive sentence by sentence. Now, after reading Catching Fire, I am certain that I am obsessing over this series, and that I'll be reading it over and over!
Catching Fire starts a couple months after Hunger Games ended and Katniss has a lot of things ahead of her. When arriving at her home one day, she is surprised to find President Snow waiting for her. She knows that for whatever reason he is in her home it is not good. Her thoughts are proven when he gives her a talk about the so-called rebellion she is leading. As the book goes on more things following the rebellion take place. Uprisings, and harsh enforcements of the law. But this is nothing compared to the Quarter Quell, 75th Hunger Games, especially since Katniss and Peeta must survive the arena once more.
Katniss Everdeen is a wonderful main character. She's strong, capable of doing many things, and can take care of herself. She isn't wimpy or whiny if she's put in a difficult situation. She's quick and willing to take risks. She's probably one of my favorite heroines. Peeta is an enjoyable character as well. It's mentioned in Catching Fire, by Gale, that it is hard to hate him, and I agree with that. He's thoughtful and good-hearted. We haven't read too much on Gale even combining his sections the two books, but I already like him. I honestly have never felt such a connection to any fictional characters before reading Suzanne Collins' books.
In this book, the love triangle only becomes more confusing when Gale confesses his feelings to Katniss and they share a kiss. And because so many things have happened to her recently, she doesn't know what she is feeling, so she leaves him without a certain answer. And then there's Peeta, the boy with the bread, who is willing to put his life on the line for her. I have no idea who she will end up with in the third and final book, and I also don't have a preferred choice, Gale or Peeta. I have come to like the both of them a lot.
Catching Fire was thrilling. It was filled with the same action from the first book, romance, and twists that I never would have expected. You won't want to miss reading this!