Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Science Fiction (Dystopian Fiction) -Romance
Second book in The Hunger Games trilogy
I should warn you this article reveals important information about the first book of the series, so if you haven’t read it and you want to, take this into account.
Just in case you don’t know it, Catching Fire takes place in a future North America where a series of disasters have taken place. Now its name is Panem, and it consists of a shining and prosper Capitol ruling twelve districts which continuosly fight against starvation.
In the first book of the trilogy, Katniss Everdeen took part in The Hunger Games, a horrible reality show in which twenty-four teenagers from the different districts of Panem kill each other until there’s a single winner. The Capitol organises this event every year in order to remind the twelve districts that nobody should even think about carrying out and act of rebellion. Katniss did, however. In the end of the last Hunger Games, she convinced her (let’s call) friend Peeta of comitting suicide along with her, so that they didn’t have to make the horrible decision of who would stay alive. They preferred death to seeing the other die. But the Capitol couldn’t let this happen. They needed a winner, so they crowned them both as victors.
Katniss and Peeta both survived the games. They’ll never be in the arena again, it is over. But they have humilliated the Capitol, defied its rules. Now they have to face the consequences. And there will be several. And none of them will be pleasant, that’s for sure.
I really don’t want to spoil you the many surprises you’ll have when reading the sequel Catching Fire, so I’m not going to talk much about the plot, just some comments about it and my general impression. Well, not that general, anyway.
One of the great things of this book is the number of unexpected twists it contains. Sometimes I just stopped reading, mouth opened, trying to take in what I had read. Most of the chapters finish this way, what makes it almost impossible not to continue with the next one.
Apart from this, the triangle Peeta/Katniss/Gale appears again. We wonder, one more time, what her choice will be. I may add there are very strong moments related to this. One of them even made me cry.
Finally, there’s the incredible suspense the story produces. It got me really nervous sometimes and my heart beated particularly fast at the end.
The great thing about this saga is that I don’t have the feeling (that I’ve been having so frequently) that the author continues the story with the single aim of making it larger, going down with the increasing number of sequels. This book, in the contrary, shows evolution. It’s really a new chapter in the story, not just an expansion of it. So, in my opinion, Catching Fire is absolutely worth reading. Actually, I think I liked it more than The Hunger Games. And I loved The Hunger Games, so this says it all. ☜
☞ Click here to read the review of the first book of the trilogy: The Hunger Games
– Written by GuadiRC –