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Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2)

Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2)

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by Suzanne Collins

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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,


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.

Editorial Reviews

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)
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

Product Details

Findaway World
Publication date:
Hunger Games
Edition description:
With Earbuds
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years


What People are Saying About This

Stephenie Meyer
“I also got an early look at a book I've been eagerly awaiting: Catching Fire, the sequel to Suzanne Collins' phenomenal The Hunger Games. It not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them. Suzanne takes the story places I wasn't expecting, and she's never afraid to take it to very hard places. Stunning. You won't sleep when you're reading this one. It hits shelves September 1st. I suggest beginning in the early morning and clearing your calendar for the day.”
Charlaine Harris
“People have been talking about Suzanne Collins’s THE HUNGER GAMES, and with good reason. It’s classified as a YA novel, but there’s plenty here to keep adults interested, I can testify. In Collins’s world, a post-apocalyptic America, teen children are harvested from each of twelve districts every year to participate in the Hunger Games. Food is primary source of concern in Panem, scarce and doled out by the government. Whoever wins the Hunger Games gets food for himself/herself and the family for life. How do you win? By killing all the other contestants. It’s very like “Survivor,” but for real. A different venue with a different landscape is picked each year, and the government throws in different twists to affect the outcome: torrential rain, the drying up of water sources, planted explosives, etc. Katniss and Peeta, the teens who are chosen from the coal-producing region, are at a great disadvantage, but due to Katniss’s cleverness they contrive to have an edge. This is a great book, and very thought-provoking. Read this along with your teen and discuss it.”

Meet the Author

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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Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29717 reviews.
Fiddlesticks More than 1 year ago
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.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
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!
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miss-vampire-chef More than 1 year ago
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
Leigh30 More than 1 year ago
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.
Red55Sox More than 1 year ago
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.
Hungergamesrule More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soooo gripping, and kept me rrading afterlights out under my covers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!! :]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is adventerous and heart stopping,even without a movie!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Priesjd More than 1 year ago
if you read the first one, how could you not continue to the second... enough said
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
We pick up about six months after the last games. Katniss and her family are living in a posh townhouse, near Haymitch and Peeta. She still goes hunting but only on Sundays and sadly she doesn’t see Gale nearly enough. As a winner of the Hunger Games, she now has obligations to the capitol, and one is to make appearances. Before one such event, she heads home for a make-over from Cianna and the troops, only to find President Coriolanus Snow sitting in the parlor. He gives her a warning about her impact on the districts and makes a threat. Katniss is terrified by it, but will protect her family and Gale at all costs to herself. As she and Peeta tour the districts, the discontent of the people is evident. Despite her intentions to heed Snow's warning she is unable to change things. After their return to District Twelve, there is a mandatory announcement. This year to celebrate the Quell or the seventy-five anniversary of the Hunger Games the reaping will be different. The tale that unfolds is riveting and the ending left me screaming for more. We see some growth in the characters, and meet new players. Hints are dropped, and key elements are set into place for the final novel Mockingjay. Katniss begins to question things, and looks beyond her family and personal dilemmas to see the bigger picture. The events in the game had me glued to the pages, as one thing after the other happens at a maddening pace. The secondary characters were fascinating and had depth. We begin to see characters both in the capitol and the districts seek an end to the reaping and the suppression of the districts. Collins world-building is amazing, and I loved the glimpses into the districts, the bearing down of the government and the glaring contrast between the districts and the capitol. Whether intentional or not Collins presents food for thought. The similarity between this dystopian and ours, causes the reader to take pause, and think about the wastefulness of the wealthy. Individuals and nations waste without thought as some go hungry or do without. The capitol represents greed, and its people love everything in excess. The districts are little more than slaves. She reveals the human spirit in all its glory, its will to survive and the power of hope. I love the depth she brings to her characters whether they are exorbitant and flashy or quite and thoughtful. Every character is fleshed out and it makes the tale powerful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Catching Fire" is one of the very few novels that I could literally not put down; I had to go through the pages to find out what happened next. When I initially found out that another version of the Hunger Games would be initiated, I did think that Collins was being lazy and I was expecting the second book to be too similar to the first--in other words, boring. However, Katniss' journey is different as she meets new people and interacts with them differently. We actually get more characters involved who are not just there for background purposes. Collins is fantastic as she has figured out how to keep readers on the edge of their seats. This is the first series that has kept me excited since reading Harry Potter! I only wish that the books were longer and the series had more books so that the fun would last longer :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is better than the first. It's a mix of love, fear, and survival. Buy this and you won't have second thoughts!!!
tkaner More than 1 year ago
Catching Fire is a great exhilarating book about the Quarter Quell in which all the winning victors are sent in to battle again.