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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Re-Read? Of course! I feel this book is more re-readable then the Hunger Games, only because the surprise wasn't as big of a shock.
Recommend? This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I recommend The Hunger Games and Catching Fire to anyone and everyone! Really, go read them if you haven't!
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 400


Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

My Thoughts:

Catching Fire, one my my most anticipated books of 2009, did not disappoint. Fast paced and enthralling, it was the perfect sequel to one of my favorite books of all time. Suzanne Collins spins a wonderful continuation of Katniss's and Peeta's story. With even more insight to the country that is Panem, ideas are clarified and leave you with even more questions that will keep you reading to the very last page. This is one book I could not put down, even to sleep.

I really loved how I was able to get to know Peeta further. He was one of my favorite characters in The Hunger Games and now after Catching Fire, I adore him even more. I was a bit disappointed that I still didn't get to see much of Gale. He interests me, but I personally prefer Peeta for Katniss. It was also interesting to see a different side of Katniss in the story. She transformed and grew so much in Catching Fire, that she really was deserving of the nickname the Girl on Fire.

Now I am left to wonder what will happen in the next installment! Some very interesting details were reveled at the end of Catching Fire, and I cannot wait to see how the story will unfold including them. Knowing these books pretty well by now, I should never expect to guess what might happen-- Surprises are always around the corner! I could not have hoped for a better sequel to The Hunger Games.


Cover: 5.0
Plot: 5.0
Characters: 5.0
Writing: 4.9



    I finished last night instead of doing all the homework I needed to do which I had to do this morning instead. I just couldn't stop reading!

    Peeta? I'm more of a Gale fan. I'd have liked to see more of Gale too! Peeta is great but I'm not sure, I've just wanted Gale/Katniss from the get go, hunting together.

    I enjoyed finding out more about Haymitch. He's an interesting character.

    I loved symbol of the mockingjay and that the gamemaker had it on his watch. (Don't want to say much more in case... Don't want to spoil anyone)

    I can't wait to see what happens with everything...

  2. Auuuuugh. All this Catching Fire hoopala!! It makes me rethink my plan to reread the hunger games. But I'd like to relive it since it's been so long that I've read it. Plus, I don't have to wait for the sequel anymore! xD

    Very good, spoiler-free, review. PEETA<3.

  3. I plan on getting to Hunger Games by the end of the month and then to this one next month. Hopefully everything goes as planned. This looks to be a really great book.

    Great review!

  4. Great review! I've heard so many good things about this series. I just ordered Hunger Games and I can't wait to read it.

  5. I loved Catching Fire even more than I did The Hunger Games. The finale is going to be amazing! And I'm Team Peeta, too!

  6. Great review! I've heard so much about this book! I haven't read the first one yet! LOL! I'm wayy behind! :-)

    REGGIE :-)


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