Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Forced to return to the arena, Katniss and Peeta are in danger once again as they come back to compete in the seventy fifth annual Hunger Games. With seventy five being the year of the Quarter Qwell, the Capitol is allowed to alter the rules of The Hunger Games. Unfortunately, what the Capitol does with that power is an outrage. They chose to bring back two past victors from each district to fight in their game yet again and that includes Katniss and Peeta. Not only are the victors furious but the entire country is enraged. With a nation catching fire will The Hunger Games finally come to an end? Will President Snow come out victorious? Will Katniss and Peeta survive?
What I Thought of Catching Fire
The premise of this book seems surprisingly familiar and if you read The Hunger Games you hopefully know why. Sure, at first glance the originality of Catching Fire does not seem to be existent but believe me, the unique qualities of this book prevail over the ones that, well…aren’t. Let me explain. First of all, the tension is higher and many questions are raised, even at the very end! Second, the writing is considerably better. I’m sure after her first book started flying off the shelves Suzanne Collins stepped up her writing to attract more viewers (not to say her writing in the Hunger Games was bad). Third, we already knew and loved the characters. Take Katniss, for instance, most Hunger Games readers completely love her! Lastly, there is a love triangle. Every girl is fond of a love story and with the “Gale vs. Peeta” thing being so wildly popular, you just have to read the novel. With so many awesome qualities, I can sincerely recommend Catching Fire to any Young Adult Fiction reader!
A memorable scene in this novel is when President Snow visits Katniss. I thought this was memorable because it foreshadowed an uprising further in the series and added suspense throughout the book.