Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
Summary: Katniss is the spark to a revolution, and the Capitol wants revenge. She won the Hunger Games and returns alive with District 12 Tribute partner Peeta. But he and longtime friend Gale both reject her. On their Victory Tour of all the districts, locals riot but the winning duo must appear lost in their love.
Review: A somewhat mediocre sequel to The Hunger Games.
It’s been a while since I’ve read The Hunger Games so I don’t remember all the details, but I do remember that there was a good deal of action and the book was decently good at showing how murdering innocent human beings affects people.
Catching Fire was a bit of a letdown in the action department. While there is some action in this story, it doesn’t happen until later in the story and lacks the punch as did the Hunger Games in the first novel.
In The Hunger Games, Katniss had been willing to sacrifice herself for her sister. In Catching Fire, she seems quite happy to merely go along with what people are telling her to do. I get that she want to be left alone and seems to believe that going along with what President Snow wants will allow her some peace. I can’t understand that Katniss would believe anything President Snow said, especially when it comes to give up any possible future with Gale. True wuv is not going to stop rebellion. Plus, it felt like a way to force Katniss and Peeta together. I am intrigued by District 13 and do want to see how the rebellion works out.
Recommendation: I would recommend this to those that have read the first and I would recommend the series to those that enjoy young adult dystopian fiction.