Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Title: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins 
File Size: 478 KB (402 pages)
Published: 2010
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy fiction, Young Adult
Edition: E-book
Source: Purchased

Description: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. (via

Thoughts:  I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first book, but then again, I didn't really now what to expect out of the first book, except that it was good and had a pretty decent story and was really addictive.  But this one I sort had an idea of what the story would be like and felt that played with my head more than the first book. It was also the first e-book purchase from Kobo that I read (I don't get why it still shows as a free preview on my devices (I have both a Kobo Vox and a Kobo Touch), but that is something that isn't about the book.  

The book is surprisingly deceptive, in that the reader is lulled into a sense that everything is going to be okay and that Katniss and Peeta are going to live a relative normal life, despite the fact that they are victors and live separate from the rest of those that live in District 12, along with Haymitch.  There are a few clues that things aren't well since the end of the 74th Hunger Games, but relative sense the reader is meant to feel as though Katniss and Peeta will live a relatively normal life.  As one goes through the first section, one gets the sense that there is increasing tension between a number of the districts and the Capitol, with small signs of rebellion.  

The book is definitely plays with the readers mind, while that the reader's mind is played with during the course of the book and one can only handle so much of that type of tension, it is addictive.

Bottom Line: It is a more mature book than the first one and not exactly meant for the faint of heart, as there are many twists and turns that one doesn't expect and a bit more violence than the first one.   While the book may appear to be deceptively easy to read, it is not and one may need to put the book down for a bit in order to comprehend what has happened.  Recommended for those in their late teens and above.

Rating: 4.125/5

 Pages for 2012: 11893


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