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 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 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 in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.
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I’ll admit, I came into this book a little pessimistic, wondering how “The Hunger Games” could possibly be topped. Sure, it left off with a cliffhanger, but it just made such an impression on me I couldn’t imagine how the sequel could recreate the magic.
It wasn’t long before I was riveted. Now only that, the skepticism that had lingered soon vanished. I was constantly amazed by how this book continued to shock me (in a good way)! Every time I thought Suzanne Collins had outdone herself, I was yet to be wowed again with another plot twist.
As I read it I just couldn’t imagine how such a long and amazing story could be conveyed onscreen in a way that would do it any justice. I made sure to read the whole trilogy before watching the movies. However, I was almost afraid to as I couldn’t imagine them living up to the standard of the books. 😂
Having followed Katniss’ journey through the first book, we have seen her at her most vulnerable moments. However, I felt that I got to know her character a lot more in this one, probably because she is struggling to get to know herself.
If I thought “Catching Fire” had a lot to live up to, well “Mockingjay” has a whole lot more! 😉
1) Did this book inspire me?
It certainly got me thinking about justice and made me question what is right (more so in the story than in real-life), but it has a positive message and is thought-provoking nonetheless.
2) Was this book humorous?
3) Did this book make me cry?
There were plenty of sad moments, but I actually didn’t cry this time.
4) Would I reread this book?
Definitely! The Hunger Games trilogy as a whole is looking to be one of the very few series that I might reread multiple times. 😀
5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?
My rating: 5 out of 5
Have you read this book? Did you like it more, less or equal to the first installment?