Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Published: 2009

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 391 pages

Setting: a future U.S., right after the events in The Hunger Games.

Interest: It’s the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. The movie just came out as well.

Summary: Katniss and Peeta are back at home and trying to readjust. It’s time for the Victory Tour, and President Snow has threatened Katniss’ family if she doesn’t help quell the rising tide of revolution in the districts. Even a marriage proposal between her and Peeta doesn’t help. Instead, since this year’s Hunger Games is a Quarter Quell, she and Peeta and 22 other previous champions are back in the ring. They manage to figure out the hazards of the ring and Katniss is able to break the forcefield around the ring. The book ends with Katniss and an ally flying to District 13 (supposedly destroyed) and District 12 is gone.

Final thoughts: I had forgotten how good the Hunger Games was. I devoured the book in two days. The twist of putting Katniss and Peeta back into the ring (and having the Capitol actually be sad about that) was a nice one. I also found it amusing how slow Katniss was at realizing she was head of the rebellion.

Title comes from: The rebellion in the Districts is starting. There’s also a moment where Katniss is in her wedding dress at the Capitol and she twirls, it catches fire and transforms into mockingjay plumage. (The mockingjay is the symbol of the rebellion.)

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.

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2 responses to “Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

  1. I love these books. I think Collins has an amazing gift for letting the reader work out what’s going on while her point of view character remains ignorant – Katniss not realising how important she is or how people feel about her. It builds a great sense of tension.

    • natalieinne

      It also makes Katniss so believable as a character. You never know how important your actions are until after the fact and you can look back on all the events at once. While you’re in the heat of the moment, you’re just trying to survive (literally in her case).

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