Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins [TSS]

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
ISBN: 9780439023498
Pages: 400
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Teen/YA
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!

Comments

  1. I agree – I LOVED this one! Such a fun, fast read 🙂

  2. I agree – I LOVED this one! Such a fun, fast read 🙂

  3. For some reason, I cannot get into these books. I don’t know why. I guess it’s just not for me. *shrug*

    Thanks for the review!

    <3Nisha

  4. For some reason, I cannot get into these books. I don’t know why. I guess it’s just not for me. *shrug*

    Thanks for the review!

    <3Nisha

  5. I know what you mean. When I finished this book, I was like “no way I’m going to be able to wait.”

  6. I know what you mean. When I finished this book, I was like “no way I’m going to be able to wait.”

  7. I skipped all but the first and last paragraph since I’m the only person on Earth who hasn’t read The Hunger Games. Carl loved both of these books too!

  8. I skipped all but the first and last paragraph since I’m the only person on Earth who hasn’t read The Hunger Games. Carl loved both of these books too!

  9. Glad you loved this too! I’m also getting impatient. I can’t wait until we at least hear that Suzanne Collins has finished the third book!

  10. Glad you loved this too! I’m also getting impatient. I can’t wait until we at least hear that Suzanne Collins has finished the third book!

  11. I’m currently reading this book! I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish it tomorrow given my schedule and all.

  12. I’m currently reading this book! I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish it tomorrow given my schedule and all.

  13. I finished this yesterday – and totally agree – it was a wonderful read! I can’t believe it we have to wait a year for the next one. 🙁

  14. I finished this yesterday – and totally agree – it was a wonderful read! I can’t believe it we have to wait a year for the next one. 🙁

  15. Loved it too! Now I just have to write up my review and wait impatiently for the next one.

  16. Loved it too! Now I just have to write up my review and wait impatiently for the next one.

  17. Learning about Panem was a huge plus for me in Catching Fire too. I was talking up this series to my husband while we were on our date on Saturday (not even when we were at the bookstore, while we were still at dinner) and I think I’ve convinced him to read them, which is big because he doesn’t read much fiction. He is thinking about waiting until the 3rd book is out, or nearly so, though, because he says he hates to wait for sequels to books.

  18. Learning about Panem was a huge plus for me in Catching Fire too. I was talking up this series to my husband while we were on our date on Saturday (not even when we were at the bookstore, while we were still at dinner) and I think I’ve convinced him to read them, which is big because he doesn’t read much fiction. He is thinking about waiting until the 3rd book is out, or nearly so, though, because he says he hates to wait for sequels to books.

  19. WOO HOO! Go Team Peeta!!

    LOL

    I think you make a really good point about the world in which these characters live. I think Collins does a fabulous job of leading the reader through the different layers of Panem and The Capitol. Like you I continue to want more and imagine we’ll get it in the last book.

    UGH we’ll have to wait a year to get there though!

  20. WOO HOO! Go Team Peeta!!

    LOL

    I think you make a really good point about the world in which these characters live. I think Collins does a fabulous job of leading the reader through the different layers of Panem and The Capitol. Like you I continue to want more and imagine we’ll get it in the last book.

    UGH we’ll have to wait a year to get there though!

  21. the hunger games and catching fire were so good can’t wait for book 3 and the movie. http://Themockingjay.vndv.com

  22. the hunger games and catching fire were so good can’t wait for book 3 and the movie. http://Themockingjay.vndv.com

  23. I’m on Team Peeta, too. At least for the moment. It’s really hard to choose. Can’t wait for the next book!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  24. I’m on Team Peeta, too. At least for the moment. It’s really hard to choose. Can’t wait for the next book!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  25. Sadly, I couldn’t get into this one (for whatever reason) when it arrived on hold from my library. From what I heard, I returned it right before I got to a good part, so I’m definitely picking it back up.

  26. Sadly, I couldn’t get into this one (for whatever reason) when it arrived on hold from my library. From what I heard, I returned it right before I got to a good part, so I’m definitely picking it back up.

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