I came to the Hunger Games trilogy late which gave me the luxury of moving straight from ‘The Hunger Games’ into ‘Catching Fire’. I was already haunted by Katniss and Peeta’s story – book 2 simply added more fuel to the fire…and more haunting dreams!
The political intrigue is ramped up, the relationships deepen and became more complex and the twists and turns keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning.
Katniss does get a little annoying with her inability to see what’s coming next. The naiveté technique that Collins uses to keep us all in the dark doesn’t match Katniss’ otherwise smart nature & use of cunning tactics to outwit her opponents. It’s the only time a writerly device jumps up and down in front of you. The rest of the time you’re completely sucked into the story, into the world, into the games.
These books have been the subject of much discussion and speculation in my family. They have invaded our dreams and completely captured our imaginations. We are waiting with baited breath for the final installment due later this year.
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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.
In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before . . . and surprising readers at every turn.