catching fire

Hey there, book lovers.

This particular book review is about the wonderful sequel by Suzanne Collins to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, the second book in a series of three about a world ruled by the malicious President Snow, who has forced his twelve districts into a shocking battle-to-the death. The first novel in the series sees sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteer in the place of her twelve year old sister Primrose, alongside the boy who saved her when she and her family when they were starving, Peeta Mellark. I read this book quite a long while ago, but I’ve read it a few times and I found that Katniss’s strength and her hatred for being held contained in this horrific society was what made the book so worthwhile to read, along with the friendships and romances she encounters. I would seriously recommend it to anyone who loves the dystopian fiction novels as much as I do.

Gale was always there for Katniss from the very beginning. And he still is there for her in the second book, but I think he was quite understated in this one as it seemed to focus much more on the blossoming romance between Katniss and Peeta that had developed in The Hunger Games. But they do kiss, before she goes off to the arena for the Quarter Quell that marks the 75th year of the annual Hunger Games. Before all of this happens, however, Katniss and Peeta are expected to keep up a love and romance that is purely for the eyes of the public and to stop people from realising that there is more going on underneath the surface, and to prevent an uprising. President Snow appears to Katniss and tells her that she is to keep this up and make them all, and himself, to believe it, or else the consequences would be horrifying for both herself and for everyone she loves. With this comes a wedding, and a baby- and some start to believe that their Mockingjay- a public heroine, is expecting Peeta’s child. But President Snow knows better than to believe it, and he is angry.

To show her he means business, President Snow orders a Quarter Quell, and orders that for the very first time, various winners from the previous Hunger Games events from all of the different districts will have to fight to the death. Haymitch is quick to act out, and a plan is formed that they will do their best to protect Peeta, knowing that they are the only winners from their district.

This book is a wonderful sequel and follows the story on well. I really enjoyed the first book, and got into this one just as quickly. I won’t spoil too much for you, but I hope you enjoy it.

Happy reading!