CATCHING FIRE By Suzanne Collins
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 1, 2009)


REVIEW YYYYY


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?


7 comments on "REVIEW: CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins"

7 comments:

  1. Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

    Awesome, awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try

    ReplyDelete
  3. You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

    I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

    At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Sara wrote:
August 12, 2009 at 10:07 PM

Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

Awesome, awesome review!


7 comments:

  1. Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

    Awesome, awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try

    ReplyDelete
  3. You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

    I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

    At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

rebrebs wrote:
August 13, 2009 at 8:35 AM

I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try


7 comments:

  1. Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

    Awesome, awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try

    ReplyDelete
  3. You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

    I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

    At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Christine wrote:
August 13, 2009 at 8:52 AM

You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.


7 comments:

  1. Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

    Awesome, awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try

    ReplyDelete
  3. You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

    I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

    At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... wrote:
August 13, 2009 at 9:34 AM

I can't wait to read this book when it comes out!!!


7 comments:

  1. Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

    Awesome, awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try

    ReplyDelete
  3. You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

    I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

    At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Jazz wrote:
August 13, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.


7 comments:

  1. Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

    Awesome, awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try

    ReplyDelete
  3. You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

    I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

    At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Serena wrote:
August 13, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.


7 comments:

  1. Gah! Now I just want this book even more! CAN'T WAIT!

    Awesome, awesome review!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't read these yet and I am trying to decide if it will be something I like. I hear such good things about it, so I might have to bring myself to give them a try

    ReplyDelete
  3. You lucky, lucky duck. This is probably one of my most anticipated reads of 2009--thank goodness its release is only a few short weeks away, although I will have to fight my daughter to read it first. ;)

    I'm so thrilled to hear you loved it, yet not surprised. Collins is an amazing writer of suspenseful speculative fiction. I can only begin to imagine how horrific and intense this novel is. But it ends with an extreme cliffhanger? Oh noooo!

    At this point, I'm Team Gale because their relationship was the only comfort and safety Kat had for so long. They were a team, working together for survival in day to day life--not the world that the captiol shoved Peeta and Kat in. Gale was also so full of hope for the future thinking he would still want children someday. Although, I can be swayed. Kat's so young.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm wondering if I should wait to read this book so the wait won't be that unbearable...Nah, I know I'll read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not on either team because the love triangle isn't the important part of the story to me. I think the meat of the story is within the overthrowing on their oppressors.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am still waiting for this book to arrive. I cannot wait to see this book in my mailbox.

    ReplyDelete
  6. So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Wrighty wrote:
August 13, 2009 at 9:00 PM

So glad to hear you liked this one even more than the first! I've heard such good things about it but you never know what to expect from a sequel. There were a lot of conflicting emotions with the love triangle concept. They've all been through so much just trying to survive. It made me so angry that the government treated them that way. I can't wait to continue the story!


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