Book Reviews Books to films Pre Teen and Young Adults Series and Trilogies The Hunger Games Trilogy

Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins

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I have this fear of reading second books in a series so much so that whenever I pick up one it is always with great trepidation.  Coming from the high that was Hunger games, one would expect that this book would lag and slump into boredom like many second books usually do. Well, be prepared to be wrapped up in intense action, clever politics and stunning reveals that will keep you up for the entire night reading in anticipation of just what will happen next.  Though not as action packed as its predecessor, the book does continue on the theme of friendship, love and humanity.  Collins is a master storyteller and every Young adult dream come true. She did not disappoint her audience and she still manage to end with a cliffhanger that will have you rushing to the store for Mockinjay because you simply cannot sleep for wanting to know what happened next.


“Whole country in rebellion? Wouldn’t want anything like that!”

Following their victory at the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to district 12 where they still must keep up the pretense of being the lovestruck couple. The Capit0l is still watching and President Snow is non too pleased about their little stunt that showed up the cruelty of the capital.  The victors must be careful on these tours of the districts however, the spark of rebellion that started in with Rue and with the mockingjay song is beginning to ignite and Katniss, unaware of the symbol that she represents is walking blindly into these events.  President Snow will not be outsmart and the Capitol will not be made a fool of-again and so a most cruel clause was introduced at the 75th Hunger Games-dubbed the Quater Quell- that will shock you to the very core.

The Love Triangle continues

If you die and I live, there’s no life for me at all back in District 12. You’re my whole life. I would never be happy again.” -Peeta Mellark


Of course, being back home mean that Gale is now back in the picture. I’m team Gale only because he is better looking but when it comes to love words and poems and sentiments and all those lovey dovey stuff we all love, Peeta is the man.  Katniss kinda disgusts me in this regard where she is stuck between these two awesome guys and hurting both because she refuse to choose one.

“So what should we do with our last few days?”Katniss “I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you” Peeta!

wait, #PAUSE –did I just describe another popular love triangle here? something vaguely like a girl stuck between a werewolf and a vampire? really, must these young adults writers keep rinsing this theme so? well, we love it in any case.

A great read. Go pick up a copy today.