Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 1, 2009)
Catching Fire continues shortly after The Hunger Games finishes. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are back home in District 12 but things are not all joy for the victors. Katniss receives a visit from the President of the Capitol warning her that he knows all of her secrets, and during the Victory tour that she and Peeta must convince the other districts that their love is real. The president also makes it very clear that Katniss' stunt seems to have sparked the restlessness and discord within the districts towards the capitol and mutiny is not far behind. This is so not a good thing because the last time there was a rebellion, district 13 was obliterated off the face of the earth; forever lost, but not forgotten due to the Hunger Games that were mandated there after to keep its districts submissive. So, as part of the victors tour Katniss and Peeta have their work cut out for them....lest they face the unimaginable consequences.
As Katniss returns back from the tours to find that much has changed in District 12 and although she and her family are in better living quarters it does not mean that life is any easier. Her relationship with Gale is strained, a situation that is pains her but one that she cannot seem to remidy and the minimal freedom that she had before is now forever watched and monitored. Yet, Katniss does not have much time to contemplate these upsetting events before the announcements for the 75th Hunger Games also known as the Quarter Quell, where each 25 years the rules are modified, are made. As you can imagine in true Suzanne Collins style the unthinkable happens and Katniss must decide who and what she is willing to fight for and this time maybe die for.
Catching Fire was so intense and A M A Z I N G that I could not put it down. I was hesitant thinking that this book could not surpass it's predecessor, but I was wrong. I read it in one day, taking it with me on my vacation and actually having to excuse myself from friends and family so that I may savor and finish it. Every chapter seemed to jump out and capture my breath and cause my heart to stop, and each time that I believed that I could not be surprised I was thoroughly and clearly proven wrong. The cliff hanger is so off the charts extreme that even though it is more than a year away I cannot wait for the next book to be published. I need to know what happens next.... NOW!!! Catching Fire is the book to read for 2009.
First Chapter of CATCHING FIRE Available HERE
So Tell me, are you on Team Gale or Team Peeta and why?