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Catching Fire

62 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Suzanne Collins

Starred Review. Gr 7 Up--Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle … see full wiki

Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Children's Books, Teens
Publisher: Scholastic Press
27 reviews about Catching Fire
review by . December 09, 2010
Dystopia, Big Brother and post-apocalypse are themes that have been included in novels so often that it could well be a life's work for a librarian to prepare an exhaustive catalogue of titles. But, in terms of quality, the devil is in the details and Suzanne Collins has justifiably taken the world by storm. Suzanne Collins HUNGER GAMES trilogy, inspired by the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, is an innovative, dare I say unique, young adult twist on the recurring themes of violence, cruely, …
review by . November 13, 2010
Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, has survived the Hunger Games saving not only herself but also her fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark.      But there can only be one victor in the Games and her desperate move has made Katniss a target not only of the Capitol's anger but also of the fledgling rebellion. Saving herself and Peeta set off a spark that is spreading quickly through the other districts. A spark that the girl on fire is not sure she wants to put out.      …
review by . August 29, 2010
"A visit from President Snow. Districts on the verge of uprisings. A direct death threat to Gale, with others to follow. Everyone I love doomed. And who knows who else will pay for my acions? Unless I turn things around on this tour. Quiet the discontent and put the president's mind at rest. And how? By proving to the country beyond any shadow of a doubt that I love Peeta Mellark." -- From Catching Fire    In the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, Peeta, …
review by . June 16, 2010
Catching Fire is the 2nd book in Suzanne Collins’ fascinating Hunger Games trilogy. This book picks up where The Hunger Games left off. After winning the Hunger Games with Peeta Malarck, Katniss Everdeen is back in District Twelve with fame and fortune, but Katniss soon finds she has created an uprising in Panem, something she hadn't counted on. She may be famous for winning the annual Hunger Games, but she has become the symbol for a revolution that threatens to overthrow the government.   …
review by . May 10, 2010
"Catching Fire" is a rare case - a book where a sequel lives up to (and perhaps exceeds) the standard set by an excellent first book.    The story picks up only a few months after "The Hunger Games" leaves off, and wastes little time before setting of at the same breakneck pace, in unexpected directions. Suzanne Collins has a talent for efficient, clever plotting with lots of twists and turns, and she shows a unique understanding of her characters through clever one-off lines …
review by . August 27, 2010
My Summary (SPOILER FOR 1st BOOK!): After surviving the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta both try to live their lives as normally as they can. Only problem is that everyone is supposed to believe they're in love, some Districts are starting to unsettle and rebel against the Capital, and it all just might be Katniss's fault.    Katniss struggles with her feelings before she's off for the victory tour, unable to truly love Peeta, but things with Gale aren't going well either. Yet, …
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
Fantastic! Even better than Hunger Games. Awaiting the next one.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Another amazing book by Suzanne Collins!
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
These are going to make great movies. Quick moving and well put together in action and characters
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
Suzanne Collins is a fantastic writer, bringing about some serious topics that gets you thinking without the reader even realizing it.
review by . September 25, 2009
In 2008, Suzanne Collins came out with The Hunger Games.  A startling dystopia about a sadistic capital that puts kids in an arena to fight to the death for the sake of entertainment.  The winner was given fame and fortune.  It placed us in the shoes of Katniss Everdeen, as she went into the arena with a boy named Peeta.  Against all odds, she survived... and so did Peeta.  What she's unaware of is that her little stunt which allowed them both to survive in the first place …
review by . October 21, 2009
Katniss and Peeta's unprecedented sharing of victory in the last hunger games managed, inadvertently, to demonstrate to all of the twelve oppressed colonies that the capitol's wishes can be defied. Now, when they'd really just like to spend time with and take care of their families, the tyrannical president has other plans, designed to demonstrate conclusively that even the strongest among the colonies can be crushed.     This riveting sequel to the intense beginning of Suzanne …
review by . December 20, 2009
Catching Fire is the second book by Suzanne Collins in her The Hunger Games Trilogy. The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic United States where the country is divided into 12 districts and children are chosen by lot to fight to the death in a controlled environment by the ruling class.  In the last novel we saw Katniss, a sixteen year old girl, win The Hunger Games with a clever trick.  Problem is, it set off a chain of events that lead people to subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, …
review by . December 19, 2009
Catching Fire is the second book by Suzanne Collins in her The Hunger Games Trilogy.    The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic United States where the country is divided into 12 districts and children are chosen by lot to fight to the death in a controlled environment by the ruling class. In the last novel we saw Katniss, a sixteen year old girl, win The Hunger Games with a clever trick. Problem is, it set off a chain of events that lead people to subtly, and sometimes …
review by . November 11, 2009
I'd heard of this book before I read it. It sounded intriguingly like a cross between Ender's Game, Logan's Run and A Canticle for Leibowitz. (You can tell what sort of books I enjoyed growing up on.) But it did have certain strikes against it:      1. It's written in the first person--not my favorite.   2. It's written in the present tense--something I've encountered rarely enough in reading that I naturally view it with suspicion.   …
review by . November 11, 2009
Before you start reading this review - DO NOT continue reading if you have not read The Hunger Games. Actually, stop what you're doing this instant and go get yourself a copy and read it! =D    Catching Fire commences shortly after The Hunger Games ends. Katniss and Peeta are victorious in the Hunger Games and have now returned home. They should feel safe and warm in their post-Hunger Games lives, for now they have new homes, plenty of food, and are popular in all the Divisions …
review by . August 30, 2009
Catching Fire continues right where The Hunger Games ends, with the victory of Katniss and Peeta in the defiance of the powerful Capital. It seems their win has started some of the Districts to think that there may be a better way to live other than the complete control that The Capital has for them. Without giving away too much, there is plenty of the good stuff that readers enjoyed from The Hunger Games and more character development of the characters that made The Hunger Games so memorable.   …
review by . September 09, 2009
Yes, yes, I've read the Hunger Games and Catching Fire and enjoyed them as an adult reader, but I also read them to know what my 6th grade daughter is reading.    When she read the Hunger Games last year, I wondered if it might be too mature for her, but other than the unsettling theme, it was fine.    Since she (and I) were hooked, I knew that there would be no keeping her from Catching Fire, regardless of the theme.    We both enjoyed …
review by . September 16, 2009
I want to start off first by saying, this book (and the first book) would have gone totally unnoticed by me had it not been for book bloggers . Their recommendations totally got me interested as so many people were praising the book. I'm really glad I listened to them because this has become one of the best YA series I've read in a while and gives almost the same fervor for me as the Harry Potter series did. The Hunger Games left me totally shocked and amazed. This sequel did exactly the same thing.  &nbs …
review by . September 05, 2009
Once again Suzanne Collins has created a suspenseful story of survival amidst a violent, oppressive world, where the odds are greatly against survival, the action fast and unrelenting, the danger always present. Katniss, the heroine from The Hunger Games, continues her subversive struggle against the government, although she now finds that much more than her own life is at stake. The love triangle between her, Peeta and Gale provides more complications, as she is thrust into the public spotlight, …
review by . September 05, 2009
Just when you think its over, president Snow steps in, aware of Katniss' lies and manipulation to win the game. With a whole new threat, Katniss is off to convince the world, and hopefully Snow, that she really is in love. But while she takes on this battle, the districts are preparing for an uprising, one Snow is convinced began with her. And before you know it, things get even worse.     At times filled with hopelessness, this book makes even book one seem optimistic. Every …
review by . September 04, 2009
hardly wait for the sequel to come out. And now, having just finished  Catching Fire, I know I'm in for an even more agonizing wait for book  three.  I was totally surprised by the plot of this book, in a good way. I  was expecting a very different story direction. But what Suzanne  Collins has done is so much better. She further develops the  characters that I loved from HG and introduces new ones that are  equally compelling.  And …
review by . August 30, 2009
Catching Fire continues right where The Hunger Games ends, with the victory of Katniss and Peeta in the defiance of the powerful Capital. It seems their win has started some of the Districts to think that there may be a better way to live other than the complete control that The Capital has for them. Without giving away too much, there is plenty of the good stuff that readers enjoyed from The Hunger Games and more character development of the characters that made The Hunger Games so memorable.   &nbs …
review by . August 27, 2009
This review is spoiler-free, but I recommend that you do not read it unless you have read The Hunger Games!    Catching Fire picks up a few months after Katniss and Peeta return home to District 12 with fame and riches. They are both happy to have survived and brought wealth to their District, but barely speak to each other anymore, except when the cameras come around to keep up the ruse that they are madly in love. Katniss is horrified to discover that her victory has become …
review by . August 25, 2009
I had serious problems with the first book in this series, "Hunger Games". I thought it was a trite rip-off of "Battle Royale", complete with an asinine, unworkable premise and a veritable checklist of sci-fi, distopian future cliches. My opinion of it remains unchanged.    Thankfully "Catching Fire" is somewhat better, but only somewhat.    The story picks up with the end of the first book, showing Katniss (what a stupid name), and her friend, Peeta (what …
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