Today is the day that so many of you have been waiting for! Time to head out to the stores and grab yourself a copy of Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. You can read my review of The Hunger Games here.
I had snagged an ARC copy of Catching Fire while at Book Expo America in May and was waiting for the perfect time to read it. That time came while on a cruise ship to Bermuda this summer (see the picture below). When I wasn’t busy watching my daughter swim in the pool or touring around Bermuda, I spent every free minute with my nose in this book. I was really eager to continue reading the story of Katniss, Peeta and Gale.
Catching Fire begins a few months after where The Hunger Games left off. Katniss Everdeen is back in District 12, but not everything is the same. She has moved with her family to Victors Village and now resides next to Haymitch and Peeta. She has barely spoken to Peeta after their return and since Gale now works in the mines she doesn’t see him all that much either. The only constant in her life is her hunting. It’s no longer a necessity for her family, but she hunts to help feel Gale’s family while he is off at work.
It’s now time for the Victory Tour, which takes place between Hunger Games to remind the people of Panem that uprisings are not tolerated. During the last Hunger Games, Katniss unintentionally became a symbol of resistance and now there is some unrest in many of the districts. With a threat directly from the Capital that she do exactly as they request, Katniss is put in an uncomfortable position. Then when President Snow targets Katniss and her family, the Victory tour and what lies ahead become even more dangerous. Katniss now has to try and keep her loved ones safe and needs to make a decision whether to run and hide or stand up for the suffering people of Panem.
Catching Fire is another winner for author Suzanne Collins. With emotionally charged writing, Collins weaves an intriguing storyline of political upheavel and suspence that is fast paced in a grab you by the seat of your pants way. Ending with a cliff-hanger that will leave you wanting more, I think Catching Fire is even better than The Hunger Games.
How long will we have to wait for book three?
When will the movie be out?