The second book in the The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, picks up 6 months after Katniss and Peeta’s victory in the arena, Catching Fire showcases that life has not, nor will it ever return to normal in District 12. Despite the rewards of a new home in the Victor’s Village, monetary wealth, and food never before accessible- winning is nothing it’s cracked up to be.
Displeased (to say the least) with the nightlock berries stunt, the Capitol seems more watchful than ever. President Snow himself has taken special interest in the growing unrest of the nation, mostly in Katniss’s power to influence public opinion. As threats of an uprising teeter closer to reality, the Capitol will do anything to quiet the spreading rumors.
It’s the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games, a “Quarter Quell” year. Instead of selecting 1 boy, and 1 girl at the reaping, for a quarter quell year tributes are chosen from the pool of already existing victors. Katniss and Peeta are going back to the arena. Can they survive a second trip? The games have only just begun.
Katniss takes a vow to protect Peeta at all costs- as he did for her in the first games. If she has any doubt of her true feelings for Peeta, they are made perfectly clear in Catching Fire- at least for the reader. The fight for survival is on again, but the same strategy won’t work twice. This time Katniss will have to make alliances. More importantly she’ll have to decide who her true enemies are.
Catching Fire is a thrilling sequel, headed exactly in the right direction full-force. After reading Catching Fire I was thankful I didn’t discover the series before all three books had been published. If you don’t have the third book, Mockingjay in your possession the moment you finish Catching Fire you will freak out and speed to the bookstore. I couldn’t wait.