Review: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: September 1, 2009 by Scholastic Press
Series: #2 (The Hunger Games)
Length: 391 Pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.


Damn. Damn. Damn. Why didn’t I read Catching Fire sooner? I did. Two years ago. But then I stopped after reading the first 5 chapters (I think) because the pacing was just slow for me. I’m glad that I picked it up again though. I. LOVE. IT. There’s way more suspense, actions, and Katniss-Peeta moments. I love it more than the first book which is good because it would suck if the first book is better than the second. It means the story is improving! Also, I love the love triangle in this trilogy. It just flows so well.

Catching Fire is divided up into three parts. You know what’s cool? Every time you turn the page, it got better and better. The first part was kind of slow for me. Maybe because there wasn’t that much action taking place. But man! When you get to the next two parts, there’s a bunch of twist that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Literally. There’s also a lot of creepy parts especially in the third part. I was reading this before I slept and it just totally freaked me out. I really hope the movie turns out really well.

I don’t know what else to say. This book left me speechless, sad, scared, happy, and I even highlighted my book because there were a lot of good quotes! I hate writing/highlighting in my books by the way. I read it in 3 days, stayed up till one in the morning. I swear you’ll get obsessed with it, and BEFORE you read it, make sure you get a copy of Mockingjay because after you read this book, you’ll want to jump on that one right away.
5 of 5

6 Responses to “Review: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins”

  1. 1 Anne C January 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I haven’t read any book in this series. I watched the movie and I did not become a fan. Is the first book way better than the movie adaptation? I want to buy a boxset, I think it’s a steal for $20 but I’m having second thoughts since I did not like the movie.

  2. 5 Celine Jeanjean November 29, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Just been scanning through your reviews, and was curious to see what you thought of Catching Fire. Did you see the film? Did you like it? I thought it was by far the best film (and also LOVED the book). I was a little disappointed by Book 3 though (and by the film, saw it the other day.) Have you read Mockingjay?

    • 6 Leigh (LittleBookStar) December 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      I did see it, but didn’t do a review on it..but I LOVED it too! It’s my favorite book + book-to-film adaptation of the whole trilogy. I read Mockingjay a day before the movie came out, then saw the movie, and I was a bit disappointed too :/ Hopefully the 2nd part is good b/c that’s basically where the action begins. 🙂

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