Catching Fire // Suzanne Collins

Ha! My wedding band is like the cover!

Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The story continues through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen the co-champion, alongside Peeta Mallark, of the recent Hunger Games. Their act of defiance against the Capitol has left an indelible impression upon the entire country, except for President Snow. In order to avoid execution the two must continue their political romance during their victory tour through the districts. Shortly after their tour riots begin within the unsettled districts against the Capitol. More unsettling news follows as President snow announces for the Quarter Quell that former Hunger Game winners will return to the Games. Peeta and Katniss return to the arena as a slew of new characters are introduced. The Games are fast and deadly as usual, however the outcome is entirely unexpected. Katniss, the girl on fire, has not only caught fire but is setting everything around her on fire as well.

Collins hits the nail on the head in Catching Fire. I believe this was my favorite of the series. The twists and turns of the plot kept me on my toes. She does a great job allowing the reader to see inside Katniss’ mind’s eye. You can see how a 16 year old who won the Hunger Games would have such emotional highs and lows. I am, as Myers-Briggs said, an ENTJ. The entire analytical process that Collins provides from Katniss’ vantage is very enjoyable for me as a reader. Some won’t see or enjoy the need for such information, but Collins’ writing is very easy to digest.

Catching Fire introduces a little bit of mystery, which the first book The Hunger Games seemed to lack. It follows the story line of Katniss and Haymitch trying to protect Peeta, since Peeta and Haymitch did all they could in the previous year’s Games to save Katniss. There are alliances that form, a secret society that makes itself known, and the never-ending list of people that Katniss owes more than she can repay.

Great book. Can’t wait for the sequel to hit the silver screen!

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