Review: Catching Fire (Book 2 of The Hunger Games)

Catching FireTitle: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Published: September 1, 2009
Author’s Website: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Review:  In post-apocalyptic North America, the government of Panem rules its twelve districts with an iron fist.  Each year, the government demands a boy and girl, tributes, be sent to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised “arena” fight to the death.

Having survived the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their new homes in District 12 and try to get into their new lives as survivors, victors.  The President of Panem visits Katniss just before she and Peeta begin their tour through all the districts as the victors with a message:  help quell the murmurs of rebellion or else.  As expected, everything she does has just the opposite effect and soon, the government announces a special Hunger Games for this year’s games:  the tributes will be pulled from each district’s past victors…which was never supposed to happen.  Suddenly, Peeta and Katniss find themselves back in the games with others who have proven capable of surviving and in a much more devious arena.  How will Katniss get herself and Peeta and her other allies out of the arena??

Bottom Line:  Suzanne Collins continues The Hunger Games trilogy with another great book.  She introduces a few new characters and, in short order, provides them with depth of personality.  As in most first person stories, there is not much suspense in whether the point of view character is going to die, but that does leave a lot of suspense over whether Peeta or the other characters will die, and the action and traps in this book provide for plenty of that suspense.

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