Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
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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.
I loved the first book, and the second book was great, too. There was a lot of action in the second half of the book and we get to see more of the menacing, evil President Snow in this one as well.
In the first book, I wasn’t crazy about Peeta and Katniss’ relationship since it was so forced and had no build, but they made up for it in Catching Fire and I am definitely Team Peeta. Peeta is so protective of Katniss, and those of you who know how I am, know I am a sucker for protectors and he is definitely one of my book boyfriends. For Katniss, we get to see how she has been affected by the trauma of being the arena. She is plagued by terrifying nightmares and constant worry about President Snow and his threats.
The year’s Hunger Games is the third Quell and to mark the milestone, there is a horrible surprise in store. It hurt my heart and made me so mad when I found out what it was and President Snow is a despicable person. I really liked all the new faces when I met the past Hunger Games champions. There were several intense moments during the second half of the book and I am so glad that I didn’t have to wait long to read the final book because of the way it ended.
Great new characters, evil President, loved Katniss and Peeta’s relationship, can’t wait for the movie!