Title: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Release date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: #2 in The Hunger Games Trilogy
Source: Personally purchased
Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol-- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn.
So, I didn't like this book as much I liked the first one. Since The Hunger Games ended in a cliff hanger, I was dying to read this book. I couldn't get my hands on it soon enough. But then I read it, and I was slightly let down.
Katniss is jumping from guy to guy, she has guys vying for her attention, and yet she barely recognizes the fact that Peeta's completely in love with her. She uses him when she needs him, that's about it. It almost seems like Suzanne Collins writing completely changed in this book. Katniss has completely changed from the person she was in the first book, and it just lost me. I was truely depressed through half of this book, which is a turn off. In the first book, Katniss was such a strong female protagonist, but it seems like she complains and is weak in the sequel. It just didn't seem right to me.
But, on to the good points, the book was a page turner. When it comes to the action part of the book, I was caught up in it. The subplots with Peeta/Katniss vs. Gale/Katniss drove me bonkers. With her changing her mind all the time, I was just angry. Anyways, back to where I was, it was an interesting sequel and honestly, it was unpredictable to me. It was a pretty good book overall. Not a 5 tree, but still pretty decent.