Hunger Games Book 2: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
***Possible Spoilers so if you haven't read book 1, or this book, you may want to skip.***
When Katniss stood up against the Capitol in the first book by threatening to eat the berries instead of forcing either her or Peeta to die so that there would only be one victor in the Hunger Games, this gained her a big target on her back, with the enemy being the ugly Capitol. They needed to make an example of her, to show the District people that they will not be challenged. In efforts to keep a tight grip on what happens in the Districts, the Capitol makes it so the 75th annual Hunger Games is one not to be forgotten.
Normally, if one is a victor in the Hunger Games, they are exempt from having to ever participate again. However, because of the "rebellion" from District 12 in the last games and the effect that Katniss' little stunt had over the other Districts, the Capitol finds it suiting that the games be played by the previous victors, leaving Katniss and Peeta in the arena once again to fight to the death.
Whirling with action and excitement, this sequel does not disappoint. I liked the fact that Katniss' character seemed to have grown more in this book, making her more of a people's choice as a leader. The 75th Games is riveting, brutal, and downright creative. I loved the arena, the addition of new characters, and the development and depth of emotion showed from our beloved Katniss and Peeta. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't put the book down!
In this one, we learn about how vulnerable the Capitol can be if there is a true uprising. We learn about a possible secret District that may or may not exist. We learn more about the compassion that Katniss' mother and younger sister have as they work to heal people. The love between Peeta and Katniss grows. Haymitch plays a vital role in this book. We learn just how he was able to win the Games back in the day, and it is a surprising twist. The ending will leaving you thirsting for more.
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars