Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4.75 out of 5
Warning: This review contains spoilers for The Hunger Games [review]
I’m not even going to bother summarizing this book because let’s face it – we all know it’s the sequel to The Hunger Games. And what a sequel it was! Even after just reading the first few pages of Catching Fire, I knew Suzanne Collins’ success wasn’t a fluke. I was hooked from the very beginning and read the entire thing in one sitting.
Katniss’ character developments in Catching Fire are really satisfying. The reader can really see her growing up and understanding the consequences of her decisions. She starts thinking ahead more, trying to figure out what will protect her friends and family, even when it doesn’t seem like that option is available. She really begins to develop into the heroine and leader that her victory and rebellion at the Hunger Games set her up to be.
I loved the exploration into the world in which Katniss lives in Catching Fire. In my review of The Hunger Games, I mentioned that I wanted to know more about this world, that Collins didn’t satisfy my curiosity completely. While it definitely wasn’t sated in this book, I loved learning more and more about Panem. From the dangling clues Collins left, I can tell we’ll learn even more in the final book of the trilogy.
There is also the question of Team Gale versus Team Peeta. I have to admit – I’m on Team Peeta. I love how Peeta is willing to sacrifice anything and everything to protect Katniss. His love for her in the first book is really amazingly sweet and it continues in that vein through the second. However, I have to admit, I don’t have too much hope – I think that Team Gale might end up winning in the third book!
Catching Fire was everything I expected and more. I thoroughly enjoyed every second I spent with it. I am glad I waited so long to read The Hunger Games because the wait for Catching Fire was so short – but now I don’t know how I’ll stand the wait until the third novel!