Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

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A Worthy Continuation -- Left Me Hanging...
(Updated: October 03, 2013)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Another solidly written plotline, and a continuation into the universe of the Hunger Games. In addition to the dilemma of kill-or-be-killed, the story becomes steadily more political. Some of the hows, whys, and histories are unfolded into a disturbingly believable scenario. The character development moves along at the pace of events, which doesn't leave you with a lot of easy opportunities to put the book down.

I particularly appreciated being able to sympathize with the main character's emotional distress, and the confusion of having her will usurped. It brought up very adult considerations, while avoiding actual adult 'situations' that could easily have been related. I have to give it kudos for making me consider whether humans really do love better, clearer, and deeper when they are free to do so.

My only real complaint would be the sense of incompleteness to the ending. This book didn't stand alone, and in a way I felt it forced me into reading the third book. But then, I rather resent cheap cliffhanger tricks. I would have read the third one, regardless!
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Catching Fire is on Fire!
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4.3
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5.0
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3.0
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5.0
I loved this book!
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Let me first start by saying, AMAZE BALLS! Oh I loved this book I was dying to read it for sometime, with the movie coming in November I figured 2013 was my chance to complete the series! So if you have not read Catching Fire read it now, so worth it.

What I loved, of course Peeta my love muffin, the fact that Katniss is lucky enough to score a love like this she should be counting her lucky stars. Peeta has a new found love of painting which I love because I too am a painter. As Katniss and Peeta get ready to take off on the victory tour all things are going great. Of course Katniss's life has changed along with everyone else in District 12, Gale included. I love the new relationships that have formed and that Peeta and Katniss help the people of District 12 like Gale's family. I also love the fashion in this book, OH Cinna make me a dress, I want the fashions, to some they seem so different but that just adds to the awesome factor. OK OK I don't want any bird claws or weird fish eyes, that I draw the line.

I love the developing love between Katniss and Peeta, I think that Katniss needs to let go of Gale and move on to someone she cares about so much. The love triangle is driving me mad already. I love the uprising going on and that Katniss is so blind to her power. That just shows her age. Also I am kind of tired of the bratyness (if that is a word) that Katniss shows throughout the book. Again Suzanne Collins writes so beautifully the pages fly by and with each one I am in tears, laughter or uproar! Thank you Suzanne.

What I didn't like Pres. Snow just his name makes me make a face that is disgust. Adding to it why does he smell of blood? YUCK Surprise without the spoiler, what Katniss does in front of the GameKeepers priceless!!! Read and you will agree.

Catching Fire will keep you reading, wanting and loving this world. My favorite district you may ask GO 13 what there is no 13? we shall see then..........

BUY IT, READ IT and then in November WATCH IT....... So Amaze Balls
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Catching Fire
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4.0
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4.0
Even though they’re out of the arena, the games are still not over for Katniss and Peeta. They must now go on tour and keep up their lovers routine, in order to placate the Capitol, who views their triumph as an act of rebellion. And Katniss is now the face of this rebellion even if she didn’t mean to.

Catching Fire didn’t immediately draw me in like the previous book did. Katniss’ life is so different, with the endless supply of food, money, and luxuries. She’s still her same fierce self, for the most part, but now she’s being dragged down by uncertainties. Can she keep up her charade in front of the cameras? Can she keep her family and Gale safe? Can she even keep herself alive? While the conflict in this book is much different than the previous, it was still interesting. It didn’t have that same wow factor, or make me cringe with the violence, and at times it just felt slow. That is until around the halfway point…

I had a feeling Katniss would be thrown back into the arena. It didn’t seem right that this book would lack the excitement and violence of the games. It definitely didn’t disappoint. This Hunger Games is so different than the last one. Not only is the scenery completely different, but so are the other tributes and their strategies. Katniss is determined to stay alive as long as possible, but not to win, to make sure Peeta wins! I’m actually not sure how I feel about Peeta. He’s a sweetie, but he’s also kind of bland. I was cheering on Katniss to protect him though.

This book was much more emotional than the first. I felt horrible for Katniss and Peeta having to reenter the arena after such a short time. Again, I couldn’t figure out how this was going to end, other than Katniss surviving (or who else would narrate the last book?!). I definitely wasn’t expecting things to go the way they did, so now I must jump straight into Mockingjay!
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My love is spreading faster than wild fire
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
When I read a synopsis that does nothing to capture the essence of a book, I can't help but chuckle. If you read the back of this book and never read the book itself, you would have no idea what you missed.




You hear a lot about second books in a series not living up to their predessor. "Sophmore slump" they call it. Well, there is no slump in this book. It is captivating. Katniss is still amazing, if not more so. She actually knows what she wants and doesn't flip-flop about her emotions. Things are complicated, and she owns it. Peeta is still the lovable Peeta. But now there are other characters that you encounter, and you can't stop wondering what role they will play. I honestly think this book was better than the first, and I can't imagine how amazing Mockingjay must be!




This is a short review because there is nothing left to say about this amazing series. When it was published, it was unique and fresh. I've read many dystopian books over the last several years, but they don't compare to this series. The phrase, "Often immitated, never duplicated" comes to mind... So simply speaking, if you haven't read this series, DO IT. You won't be disappointed.
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Keep Reading!
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
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4.0
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5.0
I didn't love this as much as I loved Hunger Games because it felt a bit like Ms. Collins hit a "reset" button on the plot during the first half, but I still devoured this book whole. I swear this entire series is literary crack. It's addictive!

Katniss is a pawn being used without her knowledge by those who want a revolution. All she wants is to survive and to keep Peeta alive as well. She has no idea the lengths her fellow contestants will go to keep the new symbol of unrest alive and well. I won't give details away because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but the ending. OH THE ENDING. You'll want to have book 3 instantly available to you. Trust me.
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Catching Fire: Great Second Book
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Reader reviewed by Kelsey

This is my new favorite series! Even though Catching Fire wasn't as fast-paced and heart-pumping as the first, it was still exciting compared to other books.

I don't know if it was just because I had a busy week and was forced to stop and start this book, but I was a little bored during some of the book. There were less plot twists, and I would've liked to have had more scenes with Gale. Peeta's great and all, but to have a full-on love triangle, she should have an equal amount of time with both guys to leave us guessing who she's going to end up with.

I loved the ending! But obviously I hated it because I can't read the third book till August! Ahhh!
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Excellent Follow Up
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4.0
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Reader reviewed by Jessica

The follow-up to The Hunger Games starts nearly a year after the first book ended. Katniss and Peeta have gotten back to their homes, but their life has changed as victors of the Hunger Games. The Capitol has it out for Katniss and she knows it. The book is a page-turner, moving quickly from one problem to another. Collins draws us in to their world and allows us to know all of the characters, and there are many. Even with so many characters, they all have their pivotal place in the story.

At times Katniss seems a bit too clueless and it comes off as annoying, especially for a character that is genuinely likable. While the plot is based on her clueless-ness, the deer-in-headlights act becomes painful for a few pages towards the end of the book. Peeta, Haymitch, and all of the other characters within the book redeem this one poor point.

The love triangle between Peeta and Gale is intensified, even with Gale being absent for most of this book. While this love triangle is slightly reminiscent of the Twilight triangle (Bella, Edward, Jacob), I dont feel compelled to take a side. Both Gale and Peeta are wonderful people and for many of the same reasons. I believe the best part about the book to be the fact that it makes me want to run out and buy the third in the series. And that I will.
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A great sequel
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Reader reviewed by Katie

For fans of the original Hunger Games, the sequel is just as good - some would say better. Katniss and Peeta are living a life of luxury - but Katniss has unwittingly become the face of a rebellion. She should put a stop to it, right? Or should she? This book is a great sequel in a series with yet another book to come, especially considering that the second book in a series is usually the worst [consider Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]. If you have to know what happens after The Hunger Games, the only thing that will disappoint you is that the third book isn't out. This is a sequel that not oly satisfies, but leaves readers wishing for still more.
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