Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsPublished: 2009 Scholastic Press
Hardcover, 391 pages
Borrowed from Library
(scroll over if you've read the series, otherwise SPOILER-ALERT)
How do you write a review for this without spoilers? I finished this book while I was on lunch break at work. I sighed an audible "OH!" and got a few worried glances. This book actually made me do this a few times. Some of the twists and turns made me actually clap my hands and say "YEAH!".Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.
On the flipside, I didn't like this one nearly as much as The Hunger Games. I don't know if I was distracted or if I was use to the pacing of the first book, but I couldn't really get into it right away. There were times when Katniss was back in District 12 where I was like "What the hell is going on?" But, once it got going, I couldn't put it down! Which is so awesome.
All in all, I give Catching Fire 4 out of 4 stars. Highly recommended for fans of true dystopian works, YA novels and lovers of The Hunger Games series.