Against all odds, Katniss 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 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 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.
A superb sequel! For the review, I’m going to assume you’ve at least heard some things about this book (otherwise there may be slight spoilers, but nothing too terrible).
Collins’s world building continues to be exceptional. I was worried the second hunger games would be boring and too similar to the first book, but the relationships between the tributes this time made it more dynamic, added more pathos. It was nice to get to know Gale a bit more, he was a little flat in the first book. I thought Collins’s portrayal of the effects of the trauma from the previous hunger games and then having to re-live all of that was written very well.
The Not So Good:
To be honest, the love triangle started to bug me in this book. I really just wanted to shake Katniss sometimes. And why do characters keep leaving others out of the loop? Talk to each other, people! *shakes head*
What did you think? Was it as good as the first book?