Monday, May 24, 2010

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins *Review*

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.
The second book in The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire had a lot to live up to.
The Hunger Games was so thrilling what could Suzanne do in the second book to keep the momentum going? But keep the momentum going she did. This book was just as exciting as the first one.
As I waited for my son to finish the book so I could start it I kept saying "surely they wouldn't..." and "surely they wouldn't..." but he wouldn't breathe a word about it He kept me in suspense so I could experience it just like he did.
Again he urged me to hurry up and finish it so he could talk about it and enthusiastically I picked it up at every opportunity.
While not as heartstoppingly as good as the first (sequels never seem to be) I wouldn't rate it much lower. It kept my interest and the characters were as true as what they were in Hunger Games. You definitely do not want to miss this book nor, I suspect the next to come.


  1. I thought this book was just as great as Hunger Games but in a different way. It is taking us to another way of getting us into the political aspect to get us to book three. I really am looking forward to Mockingbird to see where the world goes. Glad you loved this one. Did you and your son have a great discussion after you finished it? Hope so, there is a lot to talk about in these.

  2. Melissa, we did have a great discussion on the book. I enjoyed our being able to talk about the book together more than the book itself. Its great being able to share something you both love!

  3. Glad to hear you had a great discussion. :) My son likes sharing books with me so we can talk about them. It is great when you can share that with you kids.

  4. I agree - loved this one too and cant wait for Mockingjay!!!