- Series: The Hunger Games (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 391 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439023491
- ISBN-13: 978-0439023498
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17,150 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Gr 7 Up--Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve, thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel, Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find herself more the center of attention than ever. The sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit, and Katniss’s fear when Snow meets with her alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta’s mandatory Victory Tour through the districts, preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a truncated version of the Games themselves. Slower paced than its predecessor, this sequel explores the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and a spreading rebellion, ignited by Katniss and Peeta’s subversive victory. Katniss also deepens as a character. Though initially bewildered by the attention paid to her, she comes almost to embrace her status as the rebels’ symbolic leader. Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment.
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Reviewers were happy to report that the Hunger Games trilogy is alive and well, and all looked forward to the third book in the series after this one's stunning conclusion. But they disagreed over whether Catching Fire was as good as the original book Hunger Games or should be viewed as somewhat of a "sophomore slump." Several critics who remained unconvinced by Katniss's romantic dilemma made unfavorable comparisons to the human-vampire-werewolf love triangle in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. But most reviewers felt that Catching Fire was still a thrill because Collins replicated her initial success at balancing action, violence, and heroism in a way that will enthrall young readers without giving them (too many) nightmares.
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One thing I didn't like much was another round of Hunger Games. Here the author made the same mistake of so many other sequels, of taking a good idea and thinking that making it bigger, more complicated and more belabored will make it better. For me it didn't. The first arena was believable (I have gone camping enough times to easily picture it in my mind), but the second is just over the top and overdone.
If you read this book with some rabid fan attitude, where any departure from what you think the series should be is seen as sacrilege, then you may not like it. If you read it for pure entertainment, I think this is a very good sequel.
Before I read this book, I read many bad reviews saying that it was the worst book in the trilogy, and that no one would like it. I disagree with many of these insults, but, however I do have one complaint. Why why why, did she HAVE to invent the Quarter Quell? WHY? It ruins the whole story(and yes, I know I wrote that it was incredible amazing eta, but Y'no what I mean.) there is only 1 Hunger Games. She tried to make another Hunger Games, changed a few rules and called it something else. Not good, it makes it more commercial and totally makes the ACTUAL Games seem petty. The Games where the whole point. The first book revolved around the Hunger Games, and the second was supposed to revolve around Katniss being in trouble with the Capitol, not a stupid spin off of the Games. I just think that it would be a LOT better if the Capitol forces all the earlier victors to compete as a new idea, not something that has been around for a while. The Quarter Quell is a ridiculous idea.
That all said and done, the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy was still mind-blowing, and is worth all the $7 buck it was. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go rush off to buy the third and final in the trilogy. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope it helped gather perspective. Goodbye
You know there are days when the sky is blue, and then we have days of rain and storms. In Catching Fire it takes place a year after Katniss and Peeta changed the games forever. I will not go really deep into to detail because Catching Fire is such a good book that it would be ridiculous for me to spoil this story for those who have not read it.
Basically things are not quite the same ever since Katniss and Peeta's victory. Yes they have won, and both their lives are better than they previously were, but there is an unmistakable dislike of the way things are by The Leader of the the Capitol President Snow. He does not like that Katniss has encouraged people in the Capitol to resist and rebel. And therefore he sets some things into motion and just when you think things are already weird and you fast forward a few chapters, something unmistakingly unusual happens. And things are not just weird, but things get REAL. Catching Fire has vivid description, extremely good use of advanced vocabulary, and great characterization. I also like the overall tone and theme that this book has. And fortunately for all the people that read this review, English was a class I excelled in so I will break it down further in parts.
The exposition is a lot like I thought it would be; But expect even more surprises than the first book; both good and bad.
The Rising action is intense, suspenseful, and more time consuming than a lot of books,(once it reaches this point, you will not want to put this book down)
The Climax is shocking and unpredictable
And towards the unforgettable conclusion, just like that Katniss Everdeen and her Mockinjay become the new beacon of hope.
You'll just have to read Mockingjay for the Resolution.
My Consenus for Catching Fire: EVERYONE Should Read It