Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2)

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants ...
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Overview

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new unwanted status puts them in the bull's eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. Catching Fire maintains the adrenaline rush of Suzanne Collins' series launch. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. Speaking of adrenaline rushes, the whole world is eagerly anticipating the November 22nd film release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.)

Barbara Ward
World-weary after her historic victory during the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen finds her life forever changed. She and her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark embark on the requisite Victory Tour, where there are hints of rebellion in several of the districts. Inspired by her earlier example of defiance, citizens have taken to wearing the mockingjay pin Katniss wears. There are twists, turns, and unexpected developments as Katniss faces possible betrayal at every turn. The action in this sequel to Hunger Games never lets up, with hints of things to come and wrongs to be righted. All of the secondary characters are fleshed out effectively. President Snow's palpable hatred for Katniss oozes throughout his plans for the Seventyfifth Hunger Games. Readers will groan in frustration at the book's conclusion, since there are so many loose ends. The tantalizing hints of a possible District 13 guarantee more surprises for readers. Reviewer: Barbara Ward
Gabrielle Zevin
I really liked The Hunger Games. But I love the new book, Catching Fire…Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book…Katniss is more sophisticated in this book, and her observations are more acute. We see this when she notices how much more difficult it is to kill people once you know them, or when she observes the decadent (and for the reader perhaps uncomfortably familiar) citizens of the Capitol gorging and then taking pills to make themselves vomit, or with her gradual realization that she may just stand for something greater than herself. All this is accomplished with the light touch of a writer who truly understands writing for young people: the pacing is brisk and the message tucked below the surface.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Fresh from their improbable victory in the annual Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta get to enjoy the spoils only briefly before they must partake in a Capitol-sponsored victory tour. But trouble is brewing—President Snow tells Katniss directly he won’t stand for being outsmarted, and she overhears rumbles of uprisings in Panem’s districts. Before long it’s time for the next round of games, and because it’s the 75th anniversary of the competition, something out of the ordinary is in order. If this second installment spends too much time recapping events from book one, it doesn’t disappoint when it segues into the pulse-pounding action readers have come to expect. Characters from the previous volume reappear to good effect: Katniss’s stylist, Cinna, proves he’s about more than fashion; Haymitch becomes more dimensional. But the star remains Katniss, whose bravery, honesty and wry cynicism carry the narrative. (About her staff of beauticians she quips: “They never get up before noon unless there’s some sort of national emergency, like my leg hair.”) Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine. Forget Edward and Jacob: by book’s end (and it’s a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale? Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
After surviving the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are back in District 12, but life is far from normal. Unbeknownst to the pair, their united tactics and subsequent joint triumph were interpreted by many as rebellious and there is widespread unrest in the Districts. Katniss, as always, worries about her family and their safety as she struggles with her role in the rebellion she seems to have fueled. Katniss tries to reconnect with an estranged Gale, while somewhat keeping up the pretense of being hopelessly in love with Peeta. She soon discovers, however, that her life depends on proving without a doubt that she and Peeta are indeed completely in love. Once again, Katniss must make choices that will greatly impact those she loves. In Book 2, Suzanne Collins is able to recapture the brilliant and edgy style that captivated readers of the Hunger Games. Each page seems to bring a new surprising twist and, with the investment that loyal readers already have in Katniss, Catching Fire will tear at the heartstrings of every reader and leave them thirsting for the Book 3. Catching Fire will be sure to top just about every list this coming year. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008), Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve, thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel, Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find herself more the center of attention than ever. The sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit, and Katniss's fear when Snow meets with her alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta's mandatory Victory Tour through the districts, preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a truncated version of the Games themselves. Slower paced than its predecessor, this sequel explores the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and a spreading rebellion, ignited by Katniss and Peeta's subversive victory. Katniss also deepens as a character. Though initially bewildered by the attention paid to her, she comes almost to embrace her status as the rebels' symbolic leader. Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
In the sequel to the hugely popular The Hunger Games (2008), Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, having won the annual Games, are now rich and famous-and trapped in the fiction that they are lovers. They are seen as a threat to the Capitol, their unusual manner of winning an act of rebellion that could inspire uprisings throughout Panem. Knowing her life is in danger, Katniss considers escaping with her family and friends but instead reluctantly assumes the role of a rebel, almost forced into it by threats from the insidious President Snow. Beyond the expert world building, the acute social commentary and the large cast of fully realized characters, there's action, intrigue, romance and some amount of hope in a story readers will find completely engrossing. Collins weaves in enough background for this novel to stand alone, but it will be a far richer experience for those who have read the first installment and come to love Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch and the rest of the desperate residents of this dystopia. A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In the second title (2009) in Suzanne Collins's planned trilogy, set in the dystopic nation of Panem, Katniss has survived The Hunger Games (2008, both Scholastic), a fight to the death, and learns that she is now considered a danger to the Capital because she has become a symbol of rebellion. President Snow lets her know he is out to "get her" and those she loves. After she and Peeta complete a victory tour to all of the districts and witness firsthand the unrest and force used to squelch it, she learns that in this year of the Quarter Quell (a special version of The Games), former champions are to be the competitors once again. She enters this game with one goal in mind—to keep Peeta alive. The only problem is that he has the same goal. Suspense abounds as, along with Katniss, listeners experience the games once again, with new secrets and questions about the "true" loyalty of her supposed allies. Katniss's feelings about Peeta and Gale continue to confuse her, sometimes clouding her thinking. While Carolyn McCormick's voice sounds older than one might expect for Katniss, she perfectly captures all of her moods. She is very versatile in voicing Peeta's earnestness, Gale's quiet strength, Haymitch's sarcasm, and the feelings of all the lesser characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and fans of the series will eagerly await the next installment.—Edie Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439023498
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Hunger Games Series , #2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 23,827
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
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  • Posted September 1, 2009

    I got an ARC, but didn't want to write a review until now...

    While considerably darker than The Hunger Games, Catching Fire was an immensely thrilling book. An indispensable quality of writing with a voice true to the character teamed with an overwhelming plot full of blood-curdling twists and heart-wrenching turns ensure Catching Fire a special home on my bookshelf. Catching Fire is most definitely the best YA novel to present itself to me in years. The ending does not merely leave you hanging precariously off the edge of your seat, but gives you the sensation of being shoved out of a moving plane. Quite frankly, I loved it.

    507 out of 575 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Enjoyable

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    340 out of 449 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

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    Leaves you hungry for more!

    I loved the first book so much I managed to get my hands on an ARC for Catching Fire. I finished the book in one sitting and it is just as extraordinary as the first. It picks up almost right where the first book leaves off with Katniss and Peeta's return home to District 12. This book focuses less on the Games and more on the unrest that Peeta and Katniss' defiance of the Capitol has created throughout most of the Districts. It is just as gut wrenching and heart breaking as the first. The story is chilling and draws the reader into the harsh yet frighteningly realistic dystopian society of Panem. Collins is a magnificent writer and I can't wait to read the third and final book!

    266 out of 314 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    omg!!!

    i loooooove love love this book series! i kinda cheated....i was walking in walmart yesterday and thought i would check out some books. For some reason they always put out books early, so after i found a book there that wasnt suppose to be released for another week, i figure 'whats the harm'...... and OMG!!! right there in the center isle all shinny and new was catching fire!!!!

    i took it home and read striaght thorugh the night (thank lord i was off work today) and it is the perfect book to follow hunger games!!!! everyone should read this book!!!! its nothing short from AMAZING!!!! now the only problem is, how long until the third book come out lol :-D

    109 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

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    5 Stars!!!

    Honestly, besides the first book, this is the only title I have ever felt passionate enough about to give 5 stars for each category. Perfect for adults and young readers alike, this series is one you will find hard to put down! I have never been so drawn into a story, and I can't wait to find out what happens next!

    97 out of 117 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    CANNOT WAIT TIL SEPTEMBER!

    The Hunger Games is the best book I have ever read. I'm not fan of romance books but this book leads into it perfectly. I wanted to read it cover to cover but school got in the way. I can't wait until September, when I should be getting ready for school to start I'm going to be reading but if Catching Fire is as good as The Hunger Games getting grounded for reading instead of getting prepared for school will be way worth it.

    74 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    I can't wait for this book!

    I can't wait until Catching Fire comes out! It's on my wish list. I hope it meets (or even exceeds) my expectations. Only a few more days and I can't wait.

    P.S.- If you liked the Hunger Games, you should check out whatshouldireadnext.com. Just type in the Hunger Games and it will recommend other books to read while you wait for Catching Fire.

    68 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Catching fire

    This book was soooo gripping, and kept me rrading afterlights out under my covers!

    63 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Was not disappointed at all

    I had read "The Hunger Games" last year and fell in love with the story and the characters. I couldn't wait until "Catching Fire" came out to know what happened next to Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the rest of District 12 and the wait was well worth it. This book was excellent, a page turner and a definite re-read. I can't wait for the next and final book in the series.

    63 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Loveitt!!!!

    OMG BEST BOOK EVER HAVENT FINISHED BUT I KNOW I WONT BE DISSAPOINTED!!!!!!!

    62 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Epic

    GREATEST BOOK EVA!!!!!!!!!!

    45 out of 74 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2009

    Worth the wait!

    Yet again, amazing book! I really enjoy the new group of characters in the mix, particularly Finnick. I really hope there is a third! You get too see some different sides of Katniss and Peeta's personality. Two words: Get It!! :]

    38 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    AMAZING

    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! IT IS MY FAVORITE IN THE SERIES! IT IS A MUST READ AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE FIRST ONE!

    34 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2009

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    couldn't put it down

    oh, the perks of being a bookseller. after an advance copy of The Hunger Games, i was dying for the next installment, Catching Fire [as was a good half of our staff]. i began reading the second i got my hands on it. this book is amazing. i think i might have loved it even more than the first book. i got completely lost in it for hours on end, finishing the 400 page book in less than 12 hours. i had to stop myself from picking it up the second i turned the last page & set it down to begin again. packed with adventure, surprises, & love triangles, we're reunited with our favorite characters [and a few new ones!] still fighting to survive in the destructive world of Panem. the ending of the book is so fast paced & intense that you're devouring every word & the last page comes too soon. Catching Fire leaves you more attached to the brave & humble Katniss and the smart & loving Peeta. i'm already anxious for whatever Suzanne Collins has in store next for them.

    34 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Great read

    if you read the first one, how could you not continue to the second... enough said

    33 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Love the book

    It is adventerous and heart stopping,even without a movie!!!!!!

    28 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    So so so great!

    Nothing will beat The Hunger Games (book one) but this book was sure close! Exciting and sad....not a whole lot of happy. Katniss is a character like none before! She is so strong willed and literally puts everyones safety ahead of her own. I sometimes wish i could yell at her through the book and tell her to run...tell her to pick gale...no wait...pick peeta...no wait...gale! And even though its been days since turning the last page i still think about her and those she loved most. The games will never leave me. It's as if i survived too!

    26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    OMG!!!

    Josh Hutcherson is so awesome!!!!! I can't wait for the next movie on November 22 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Catching Fire was my favorite out of the entire series!

    23 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Compelling Sequel

    From start to finish this is an absorbing read. It entertains with a combination of compelling narrative, sympathetic main characters and gripping action. The pace increases throughout the novel and reaches break-neck speed as the novel nears completion. The plot encompasses themes of love, survival, defiance, courage and loss. Story line predictability is partially avoided by the surprise ending. The book's only substantial flaw is the instability of the protagonist's character. At times, Katniss is the appealing, resourceful, pragmatic, cynical and kind-hearted survivor first introduced in "Hunger Games." But, she occasionally morphs into an over-emotional basket case who does foolish and/or illogical, (sometimes nihilistic), things. Plus, her feelings toward Gale and Peeta are unnaturally skewed toward indecision. Any seventeen year old girl would intuitively know which guy she preferred romantically. Furthermore, her reaction to President Snow's course of action is implausible. Anyone with half-a-brain knows what Snow is going to do to her, and she should have expected or, at a minimum, vaguely anticipated it. Despite these shortcomings, the book is fast-paced and extremely entertaining. It leaves the reader both satisfied and wanting more.

    22 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Perfect!

    This book and series make me want to read all day every day. It is perfect for preteens as i am one. I am very excited to watch the movie!!!

    19 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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