Saturday, February 18, 2012

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn.

My review:
When I reviewed The Hunger Games I likened it to the Tomorrow Series by John Marsden which is one of my all time favorite book series. Reading this second book in The Hunger Games trilogy I still feel the same way. 

Katniss is my kind of heroine. She is smart, capable, strong and gutsy, but she is also vulnerable and imperfect and very, very human. In this second book of the series that still holds true and we see her struggle and sometimes fail, but we also see her triumph. 

She's found that her actions in the arena during the Hunger Games (in book one) have had consequences that are more serious than she could ever have anticipated. She's also caught in a love triangle between her best friend Gale and Peeta, her partner in the games. She loves both of them but doesn't want to love either of them. 

This book was so engaging I could not put it down! It ended with a true cliff-hanger which means I will very soon be reading Mockingjay - the final book in this series.
Have you read Catching Fire yet? What did you think?    

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