Reading time: 3 – 4 minutes
Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon.com)
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
I finished Catching Fire in a matter of a day or two. What was not to enjoy? There was suspense, fear, wonderment, and the anticipation of love. Katniss is semi-enjoying life as a victor. Never again does she have to worry about feeding her family, or her mother working too hard to provide for her sister. Katniss has the means to give her family a somewhat-comfortable life. Having more riches and resources than she knows what to do with, Katniss often shares with other families close by.
But – is life really that easy? The capital, primarily President Snow — is angry. Katniss’ behavior in the games has begun a revolution, an uproar. Districts are beginning to question authority. President snow will not have this. He will not be risen against. For this – that’s it – the victors (2 from each district) go back into the ring. That will teach them.
Katniss knows she is going to die. She will do everything in her power to protect Peeta, who has only loved her unselfishly. But Peeta will do everything in his power to protect Katniss.
When Katniss is up against only winners – who will come out alive? Who’s life will have to be paid as a punishment for their own revenge?
Catching Fire was interesting ( to put it lightly)– with a quickly building climax and more motion. In all honesty, just like The Hunger Games, I couldn’t put it down. Above all else — many questions are popping up and I need answers. Unfortunately, the final sequel, Mockingjay — is still months away. (And I anticipate this with frustrated anticipation!)