This is a review of “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins. It is the second novel in The Hunger Games Trilogy. It follows on from “The Hunger Games“.
Katniss Everdeen has survived The Hunger Games. Peeta Mellark has survived too. The Capitol, and in particular President Snow, are extremely unhappy about this. There is only ever meant to be one victor. But when Katniss and Peeta showed they were willing to kill themselves over killing each other, they were quickly pulled from the arena.
Katniss only wanted to save Peeta, but their actions in the arena have been construed by many to be an act of rebellion. President Snow threatens Katniss. He warns her that if she cannot convince everyone that her actions were only those of a lovesick girl, he will execute everyone she cares for. Her family and her best friend Gale.
So Katniss heads out with Peeta on their Victor’s Tour of the twelve remaining districts and the Capitol. Unwittingly, they inspire the people of the districts to show their unrest. The very opposite of what President Snow wanted them to do. And to add even more pressure, the next Hunger Games is approaching, and Katniss and Peeta will be expected to be mentors for this year’s tributes.
But a very special Hunger Games is to be held this year. It is the 75th Hunger Games, and a Quarter Quell. Every 25 years The Hunger Games gets an added twist. And this twist is Katniss’ worst nightmare.
Can Katniss keep herself and her loved ones alive? Will President Snow back off? And what is happening in this year’s Hunger Games?
I really enjoyed this book. It was a brilliant sequel, and just as fast-paced and action packed as the first novel in this series.