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Book Review- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching fire is the second book in the hunger games series by Suzanne Collins. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Melark are still alive, against all odds. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. But things are the opposite of what she wishes they were, Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has completely turned his back on her and there are rumors of uprising in other districts. Katniss and Peeta may have been the cause, as soon as they held out those berries. As the nation watches Katniss and Peeta, the stakes are higher than ever. What disturbs Katniss further is the fact that she does not necessarily want to stop it. As time draws near for her and Peeta to go on the wretched victory tour, visiting all the districts whose children have been killed in the hunger games. 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. One false move and it could all go down in flames. 


Against all the odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Melark, the star-crossed lovers, have survived the hunger games. Although she should be happy, Katniss can’t help the feeling that nothing is going to be the same again. There is an icy distance between Gale and Katniss, kissing their hunting days goodbye. And ever since Peeta Found out about the fake “lovers” charade during the games, even he has turned his back on her and the relationship between them is awkward.

 With this going on in the background, Katniss must prepare for the wretched victory to where she will have to visit all the districts, including Rue’s. Katniss must pluck up the courage to face all those families while keeping up the “deliriously in love” escapade. 

But her misery doesn’t just end with the tour, oh no, she will have to mentally prepare herself for the 3rd annual Quarter Quells which are hosted every twenty years to keep the blood fresh. Only this year, instead of having twice as many new tributes which are hand voted by the people themselves, competitors are picked from the existing pool of victors, which means only one thing. Katniss Everdeen is going back to the arena… 


An amazing book to compliment the hunger gamesI think all book lovers start panicking when there is still so much to be explained in a book, but there are only ten pages left! Well, that’s the case with the hunger games, Suzanne Collins left it on a cliff hanger. What will happen to the relationship between Peeta and Katniss and how will Gale respond.

 Catching fire is the perfect sequel and Suzanne Collins could not have written it better is she tried to. Everything from the twisted relationships between the characters the detailed plot and those little details which you cannot get from a movie. What Katniss is thinking at the thoughts that flash through her mind throughout the unfolding of events. 

She is put through so much emotional trauma, which is represented through her nightmares and the way Peeta comforts her, signaling that he is there to get her through it. Packed with drama, action-adventure, romance, science fiction, teen and post-apocalyptic 

I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.” 

The way Suzanne Collins has portrayed Katniss is remarkable. After a book or two, you would think that through your journey with her you would know her personality. However, over a short time Katniss is forced to make decisions that not only affect her family and friend but the whole of Panem. You are constantly made to guess her next moves, anticipating what will happen to all everybody she cares about. 

This is one of my favorite elements of the book because it makes it even more exciting and intriguing to read. However great this book might be there are a lot of death scenes and gruesome aspects that are not appropriate for all readers, so the reading age is eleven- twelve and above. 

Suzanne Collins is the author of the New York Times bestselling book series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games. She is an American, television writer, and author. She has been known best for writing young adult books. Before taking up her career as a writing Suzanne was originally a writer for children’s television. She only took up writing when she met illustrator James Proimos who convinced her to give writing a shot! 

So, overall I give Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins a 5 out of five. 


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