Hunger Games: Catching Fire
4.25 / 5
The breathtaking journey leaves you clamouring for the next book!
Following their revolutionary performance in the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to District 12 as victors. They both now live in Victors Village along with Haymitch but Katniss still craves for parts of her old life where she goes hunting in the woods and her connection with Gale. This does not go unnoticed by President Snow who delivers a deadly warning to Katniss before she embarks on the cross-district Victory Tour.
They visit the other Districts, doing their best to give some verisimilitude through: giving speeches, acting in love and attending the feasts that go with the tour. However, through their compassion and thankfulness when giving a speech in Rue’s District they have such an effect that they set into motion a chain of events that they could not have foreseen.
The 75th Hunger Games is a Quarter Quell, which indicates that the Capitol is marking the anniversary of their defeat of the Districts in a special way. This time, incidentally means that living victors of each district are sent back into the arena. This is unpopular with Districts as it seems clear that President Snow is trying to quell *no pun intended* the rebellion by getting rid of Katniss, who is seen as a symbol of hope, and the people in the Capitol are distraught that Katniss and Peeta are going in again.
I won’t go into too much detail about the Hunger Games because I found the concept and location fascinating to read and won’t be spoiling it for you! Collins is simply breathtaking in her descriptions of Katniss’s trail of thought, it is very realistic and the reader becomes even more attached and sympathetic to her. Her heart wrenching feelings for Prim, her mother, Peeta and Gale are conveyed further in this book and coupled with the challenging environment and obstacles she faces in the arena, she is tested to the limit. Collins describes ineffable things and thoughts so precisely that the reader can imagine exactly what she is feeling or dealing with.
Fans of the 1st book will not be disappointed with the 2nd instalment, as in my opinion it is just as good as the 1st book. With the film coming out shortly, I would advise anyone planning on seeing the film to read Catching Fire because not only is it an awesome book but because there are plenty of unsaid things in this book that help to gauge Katniss’s emotions and what she is thinking.
With high expectations on the 2nd book and due to the hugely successful first book and now film, Catching Fire met the expectations and Collins has provided another excellently crafted novel that is exceptionally hard to put down. This is highly recommended to anyone who loves young adult literature or dystopian novels. The 2nd film is released in the UK on the 11th November in London but it is mainly released between the 20th-22nd November in most other countries. I for one cannot wait!