Book #100: Catching Fire

Book: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Pages: 391 Pages (Hardcover)

What Did I Think? Catching Fire is the 2nd book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and I was as impressed with this one as I was with The Hunger Games.  In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta go on the Victory Tour that all previous Hunger Games winners go on, and they are forced to participate in the Quell Games.  The Quell Games are a special version of the Hunger Games that are done every 25 years.  There are hints of a rebellion until the end, when we learn District 12 (the district Katniss hails from) is completely destroyed- but her mom and sister manage to escape, as does her friend Gale. 

It wasn’t as striking as the first book, but I still found myself wanting to see what happens next.  Much like The Hunger Games, there were issues with the global economy, and how District 12 teaches it’s trade of coal mining in comparison to the other districts.  I still found myself slightly disturbed by the idea of the Hunger Games, but there was hope that things would get better and that the districts would band together and overthrow the Capitol. 

President Snow was creepy, with breath that smells like blood and roses.  And the arena for the Quell Games was interesting, with a clock and the same things happening at specific times.  And the symbol for the rebellion being the Mockingjay, and Katniss being the face of the rebellion- as long as she’s alive, the rebellion lives on. 

The pacing was great, I loved the characters, and there’s something about this book that fascinated me.  The cliffhanger…I have no idea what to say, but I want to know more about District 12 being destroyed, and how Prim and Kat’s mom managed to get out.  Are they in District 13, which we now know exists?  Are they on their way to District 13?  Will Peeta be okay and be able to get away from the Capitol?  This was a hard book to put down, and I can’t wait to read the 3rd book!

Rating: 5 out of 5.  I loved it and it definitely made me think.

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