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

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

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 her 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 the...

Details Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

TitleCatching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Release DateSep 1st, 2009
PublisherScholastic Press
Number of pages391 pages
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Teen, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Action, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

  • Cara
    This is most possibly the WORST (or best depending what you go on) cliffhanger I have encountered in all my reading days. It leaves you more than just hanging, you are grasping for your life on a thread that is fraying and there is nothing to do but hold on (well metaphorically of course). One word that can sum up this book is intense . Everything is just felt more. The compassion, threats, action, betrayal, gestures, words all of it. This has...
  • Sparrow
    I went to see Inglourious Basterds a couple of times this past month, and there is that scene where Eli Roth and Omar Doom are in the theater, and they dress themselves up to look like waiters and then whip around the corner and kill the two Nazi guards to some funny Ennio Morriconi(ish?), spaghetti-western sounding music. And everybody in the theater laughs, and then the film cuts to Hitler laughing, watching a movie of a Nazi soldier killing Am...
  • Khanh (the Grinch)
    Binge reading? Me? Nah...>_>Ok, so to refresh the memory of recent events, I watched the final Hunger Games Saturday without a clue who the fuck any of those people are. I read Hunger Games #1 yesterday, and loved it. Now onto book 2.Loved it too, is it any surprise? It's awesome! I actually know more and more people from the movie now!So now that I've expressed my love for the book, allow me to rant. I HATE THE CASTING. Not all of it, of course,...
  • Emily
    I think I wouldn't be feeling quite so disappointed by this book if The Hunger Games hadn't been quite so close to perfect. But there it is. Must be hard to compete with yourself when you set the bar so high. Where The Hunger Games is a tightly-plotted, fast-paced dystopian thriller heaped with romance and horror, this book is... well, a lot of the same. A WHOLE lot of the same plot. Redundantly similar at points, only slower moving and far less ...
  • Lyndsey
    Warning!! SPOILERS AHEAD...Well, kind of. No plot spoilers, just image spoilers.Don't read on if you do not want to see images of the actors cast in the upcoming Hunger Games movies.I am officially designating this review as my update central for casting on the Hunger Games. As new characters are cast, I will post the actor's pictures here along with the images I find that imitate how they might look as the character they will be playing.LATEST U...
  • Sophie
    I can't review this without being spoilery, so...1. AAAAAAAAAAAAAH2. The one thing I didn't like about this book is the part where Katniss finds out she has to go back to the Hunger Games. I think there should have been more of a pause there--for disbelief, for Katniss maybe trying to think of ways out of it, ways to kill herself even. The book started moving at a really fast pace after that point, with Katniss and Peeta preparing for the next Ga...
  • Ash
    Oh, snap. She DID NOT just do that. This is not a cliffhanger people, this is inhumane. Like hanging on for dear life by a spider web thin thread totally butt naked (you know that makes it worse)! It's so worth it though. Quick overview: Catching Fire starts up not far from where The Hunger Games ended. Katniss is living in the Victors Village with her family. You'd think she could finally be able to relax and live the cushy life. Well that would...
  • mark monday
    and now let's play the wildly popular RPG ADVANCED HUNGER & GAMES 2.0: CATCHING FIRE EDITIONOur Players Katniss HIT POINTS: 25ALIGNMENT: Chaotic GoodSYMBOL: Middle FingerSTRENGTH: 15INTELLIGENCE: 10WISDOM: 5DEXTERITY: 20CONSTITUTION: 15 CHARISMA: 25FIGHTER: 10th Level ArcherASSASSIN: 9th Level AssassinSPECIAL ATTACKS: Resentful AttitudeSPECIAL DEFENSES: Defensive AttitudeSUMMARY OF PLAYER SKILLS:despite the inherent restrictions of living in a Y...
  • brian
    i'm gonna dangle some bait here: catching fire is the sloppy follow-up to hunger games, which seems to have been written in the frenzied fever of the author's realization that she had a megahit on her hands. the pacing is way off, the plotting is mechanical, the characterization is lazy, and the 'game' section is just lame. and the big reaping twist at the mid-point? it just sits there. it just happens and we're rushed in, totally pushing aside a...
  • Heather
    Catching Fire was one of my most anticipated books of 2009. I loved it's predecessor, The Hunger Games and was so hopeful for this intstallment. I wasn't disappointed per se, but it did fail to meet my expectations. Here's a few reasons why...I don't know what it is with authors and their recent need to load up their books with a hundred or so pages of filler, but I really wish they would cut it out. There is lieterally about a hundred and some o...
  • Mohammed Arabey
    الشـــرارة التي اشعـــلت الثــورةهناك سبب يجعلني أعشق ذلك الجزء...تصاعد الأحداث والقمع به كان مشابها لحد كبير لثورة مصر في 25 يناير 2011 وحتي ابرزها الفيلم في اعلانه بعبقرية بحق في رسم الاحداث هذه الجزء بالأخص أرشحه كحكاية ثورية شبهة واقعيةبالرغم من ...
  • tee
    Spoilers? Oh boy am I going to spoil the SHIT out of this for you! So I got bored about halfway through and because I was bored I started focusing on the irritating things. So, Katniss asks a lot of fucking questions. This book should be titled Curious Katniss and the Game that she should play is "How long can Katniss go without asking a question before we blow her skull to smithereens?" Not very long! It'd be a really, really short booK and peop...
  • Wendy
    Update 6/9/12 ** some spoilers..** but if you haven't read this by now, shame on you. I know it's popular and over-saturated, but it's not Twilight...At all. Read it asap.Re-reading the series because...I just want to, darn it. I bought the books for that reason, right? It was for me, just as hang-on-to-your-hat as the first time. I should have put it down at 11 and went to bed, but no. The first 2/3 of the book isn't exciting at all. But really,...
  • Natalie Monroe
    Testing, testing... one, two, three. Okay, we're live with Cynical Natalie and Nice Natalie as they live-react to Catching Fire!Before reading:Nice Natalie: I hope it's as good as The Hunger Games.Cynical Natalie: Eh, I'm not holding out much hope. The Hunger Games wasn't that good this time around. The pacing lagged in the middle and Katniss comes off bitchy sometimes. Catching Fire and Mockingjay didn't come close to the high it gave the first ...
  • Kat Kennedy
    So I've finished the book and all I can say is: wow! Catching fire has broken my heart with the events that have unfolded and I am desperately holding out for more. As usual, the writing is flawless, the characters beyond fantastic and the plot will leave you on the edge of your seat. This is, hands down, my favourite series... Ever!
  • Kemper
    Don’t you hate it when you accidentally start a political uprising?Katniss survived the Hunger Games, but she’s inadvertently become a symbol of defiance that is inspiring some in the twelve Districts to begin pushing back against the despotic Capital. After President Snow threatens her family and friends, Katniss tries to put out the fire she stated, but her efforts only seem to encourage more dissent. Snow’s revenge is to pull her back in...
  • karen
    me and teen fiction are now irrevocably bound. what started as some kind of screamin jay hawkins voodoo spell and me helpless to resist has blossomed into something - a magical love like between a child and a vampire... okay, so i still refuse to read that one. but this series is just too good. it doesnt read like teen fiction at all. the characters are well drawn, there is great tension and imagination - i cant rate this highly enough. when i go...
  • Kiki
    Is it just me, or is anyone else really starting to like Haymitch?Bet you didn't see this coming. Moi, Kira, reading Catching Fire and giving it four stars!The Hunger Games earned an uneasy 2.5 stars from me. The most annoying part? I wasn't 100% sure why. Katniss, probably. The almost absurd seriousness of her voice and her behavior toward Peeta tipped me (though I did have to give her kudos for being absolutely kick-ass). The cavalier treatment...
  • Will Byrnes
    Sparks fly in the second volume of Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. Victory in the 74th games has not been all that sweet for surprise double-victors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. And it is extremely sour for the reigning government. Katniss had shown them up big time when she publicly defied the gamemasters to keep from having to kill Peeta, an act of sedition as much as it was an act of courage and honor...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    This book annoyed me so much. Not just because it was bad. No. But, because it made me want to storm through it to see what happened in the ending. I hated the effect it had on me because this books is terrible and not worthy of my enthralment. When I finished it, I looked back and realised how cheap the book was and how, essentially, it is the first book again. I hated the first book, and to have it repeated on myself again was frustrating and p...
  • Tatiana
    I'll keep this review short, mainly because I don't want to give out any spoilers. After all, I didn't read any before opening the book and I am glad I didn't, many events in the book caught me by a complete surprise and I loved it! "Catching Fire" is a sequel equal in quality to "Hunger Games." The writing is superb, action-packed, and emotional. It did lack the perfect pacing of the first book, the first half was a little slow and for some time...
  • P
    “My nightmares are usually about losing you. I'm okay once I realize you're here.” Catching Fire is the best of the series even though I re-read it this time, I still insist that it's such a gut-wrenching story to read. What happens in CF is beyond cruelty, Katniss is not supposed to return to the nightmare she once escaped. I pitited her so much from the start; I could sense something deep inside her heart waiting to crumble. The story had d...
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    What do you write about the perfect book? That it's perfect? You already know that. Or maybe you think it's a bad book, and that's ok, too. Catching Fire is whatever you consider it to be. For me it's perfection. Or as close to perfection as a novel can be. It made me tear up and it made me smile. It made me wonder how can a YA book have so much depth, and its characters be so complex. And I love them all, good or bad.I love Katniss and Peeta.And...
  • Dan Schwent
    In the wake of The Hunger Games, insurrection brews, an insurrection Katniss has unknowingly become the symbol of. President Snow expresses his displeasure with Katniss in the only way he knows how. Can Katniss and the other victors of the Hunger Games survive the Quarter Quell?Here we are, the middle book of the Hunger Games trilogy. In a lot of ways, it feels like a transitional book. In some others, it feels like a rehash of the first one.I li...
  • Kristi
    I think I'm probably the last person to finally get around reading this. The book has like 600 some five star reviews on amazon, the debate of Team Gale vs. Team Peeta reigns supreme on my twitter. It's the series that just won't go away.And now I understand why.I must admit, when I read the summary, I wasn't intrigued, when I saw the cover... still not intrigued, saw all the positive reviews still not.... went to ALA Chicago, where the coveted C...
  • Juliana Zapata
    Increíblemente y a pesar de ser mi libro favorito de la saga, solo lo había leído una vez. Esta relectura me ha encantado, e revivido momento y emociones como la primera vez. Sigue pareciéndome un libro maravilloso. (Segunda Lectura Octubre 2015)Reseña:ña:
  • James
    I have met the Anti-Bella, and her name is Katniss Everdeen.In Bella Swan, heroine of the Twilight Saga, a generation of young readers (and some old ones) were introduced to a new post-feminist role model. And many of them, upon being introduced, threw up a little bit in their mouths. It turns out an exaggerated look at life through painfully self-conscious eyes is, well, painful.In contrast, Suzanne Collins, in the first two books of her Hunger ...
  • Lauren
    To be honest I cannot believe I actually liked this book. I had very low expectations which is unusual since this series is so popular and has A LOT of hype surrounding it so people would probably have high expectations. Right? Well, I didn’t and that’s mainly because of the first book. I had watched the movie and knew what was going to happen in the first so I was ehh about it. I liked it but not like everyone else but this book is AMAZING. ...
  • Markus
    "The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol's plans. The symbol of the rebellion."After winning the 74th annual Hunger Games through very special circumstances, Katniss Everdeen returns to the poverty of District 12, only now she gets to live a comfortable life with her family in the luxurious houses reserved for victors. But ev...
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    GAHHHHH. This book. I am SO HAPPY I decided to reread this series before the final movie comes out. So much happened in this one and when I saw the movie originally I thought it was a SPOT ON adaptation but they did actually change a few things and leave out some world-building stuff. Makes sense for a movie but I'm glad to have reread it and pulled it back into my mind. These books are phenomenal. Just brilliant.