Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the first book. The Hunger Games was much more interesting. I’m not sure if I want to read Mockingjay after this.

A sketch of the plot (May contain spoilers!)

Catching Fire continues Katniss’s and Peeta’s adventure in Panem. They won the Hunger Games, of course. Everyone was happy, except President Snow and the Capitol. They weren’t supposed to win together. Only one victor is allowed. But because of certain circumstances during the game (which involved the Game Makers luring and tricking Katniss, Peeta, and the rest of the Tributes to finish each other off), both of them survived and won. It was unprecedented.

Actually, Katniss and Peeta were playing on a scheme — to make the Game Makers, the audience and the rest of Panem, think that theirs was a love story.

Katniss and Peeta’s defiance of the Hunger Games rule began to undermine the Capitol’s authority. This sent a ripple effect throughout the whole country, and in particular, it led to the unrest of all of the districts.

“Catching fire” is probably a reference to the uprising that was brewing within each of the districts.

This “fire” was further stoked when President Snow announced a “Quarter Quell”, a more deadly Hunger Games that takes place every 25 years. Katniss and Peeta weren’t surprised when they were chosen again (after all, there have only been one other victor, besides themselves, who came from their district who is still alive), together with the other victors from the previous Games.

Thoughts

Like I said, I wasn’t able to appreciate the story very much. Is it because I listened to an audiobook instead of reading an actual book? But I listened to an audiobook of Hunger Games, too. And the reader, Carolyn McCormick, is actually good. Maybe it’s just this — I find the plot to be a bit predictable and boring…

Date Read: April 18 –  May 2, 2012
Personal Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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