Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

November 1, 2011 Reviews 0

Suzanne Collins is an American novelist, who has written children’s tv shows for Nickelodeon, and in 2008, published her most famous work, a young adult novel calledThe Hunger Games. This book, along with the sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay, form the Hunger Games trilogy. Lions Gate Entertainment has acquired the rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games, which will be adapted by Collins herself. 

Katniss Everdeen survived the Hunger Games. Now the Capitol wants revenge.

After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns to her district, hoping for a peaceful future. But Katniss starts to hear rumours of a deadly rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion that she and Peeta have helped to create.

As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless Katniss and Peeta can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. 

As the middle book in the series, I was immensely gratified that Catching Fire does not revolve around Katniss Everdeen’s romantic life. As expected, it is extremely difficult for her to adjust to ‘normal’ life after her harrowing experiences. It is also clear that the President of Panem will not let her act of rebellion go unpunished. There is a love triangle, but I admire Katniss because she admits that romance is the very last thing on her mind with her family and friends in danger.

The most powerful aspect of the story are the brutal nightmares that plague Katniss. The Katniss in Catching Fire is very different from the Katniss of The Hunger Games. She is recovering from unimaginable horrors, and those experiences colour her actions throughout the novel. She is no less strong, nor like-able, in this book, but there is a new fragility to her, due to psychological trauma, that makes her all the more realistic as a character. 

The plot of this book is amazing, twisting and turning in unpredictable ways. The biggest event in the book was so unexpected that it is entirely possible I stopped breathing when it was revealed. All the plot twists do not distract from what is really at stake: friends and loved ones who can be hurt by the Capitol as punishment for rebellion. 

This is a wonderful book in a spellbinding series. Collins must have been hard pressed to follow up an amazing book like The Hunger Games, but she has delivered brilliantly. If you have not read it, you are really missing out on something incredible – this series is worthy of the adulation it receives.

About the book:

  • Pub. Date: 4 July 2009
  • Publisher: Scholastic UK
  • Format: Paperback, 480 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781407109367 ISBN 10: 1407109367
  • Categories: Science Fiction, Young Adult
  • My review of The Hunger Games (#1 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)
  • My review of Mockingjay (#3 in The Hunger Games Trilogy)

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