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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (edition 2009)

by Suzanne Collins

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Title:Catching Fire
Authors:Suzanne Collins
Info:Scholastic, Inc (2009), Paperback, 391 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fiction, YA, Dystopian

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So good and engrossing. I read it during my lunch breaks, while eating breakfast, while brushing my teeth, every chance I got because I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to get book #3. ( )
  beckyface | Nov 22, 2015 |
So good and engrossing. I read it during my lunch breaks, while eating breakfast, while brushing my teeth, every chance I got because I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to get book #3. ( )
  beckyface | Nov 22, 2015 |
So good and engrossing. I read it during my lunch breaks, while eating breakfast, while brushing my teeth, every chance I got because I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to get book #3. ( )
  beckyface | Nov 22, 2015 |
Book Two in the series finds Katniss and Peeta recovering from the Games and touring Panem. She has become a political figure, though her understanding of what her role is and could be in minimal.

Because many interpret her actions that led to their victory in Book One as an act of political defiance, those in power seek a public way to quell the unrest. Fortunately for the bad guys, the Quarterly Quell is coming up - an extra Hunger Games extravaganza that comes along every 25 years. With suspicious bad luck, Katniss and Peeta find themselves back in another Hunger Games fight to the death.

Edge-of-your seats excitement fills the book, though I confess that I found Katniss more obtuse than is credible given her bright intellect and her hunting and survival skills. Peeta is equally in the dark despite his extraordinary people skills. The book would have been stronger had Collins found a way to keep the scheming that Katniss and Peeta are oblivious to from being so blatantly obvious.

That quibble aside, this book is full of great adventure, a wonderful story and further exploration of society's addiction to and love of violence.

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  Tonstant.Weader | Nov 22, 2015 |
So apparently it has been almost exactly a year since I read the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy. I really didn't like the first book so I wasn't planning on reading the rest of the trilogy. However my kids at the library kept asking me if I'd read them and what did I think along with other people I know so I finally caved and decided to read the next one. I'm glad I did because I did enjoy it considerably more. In Catching Fire Katniss and Peeta have returned home however their problems are far from over. Katniss' actions have made her a symbol for many people who are unhappy with their lives in Panem. Her actions are the catalyst for an uprising. As punishment her and Peeta along with other previous Games winners are sent back into the ring.

I think the reason I was able to enjoy this book more was because this time at the very least the deaths kind of seemed to serve a greater purpose in the end, which made them a little bit easier to bear. Additionally many of the more brutal deaths in the arena happened out of range of Katniss and her allies and we were spared many of the kinds of details that the last book seemed to thrive on. This made it easier for me to pay more attention to other factors of the book that I weren't enough to carry me through the last book.

Katniss is a strong female character with a deep moral streak which I find gratifying considering the threats and harsh living conditions she has survived through. While I don't always agree with every decision she makes and at times she is a little slow to get to what I consider the important point she is a character that I most definitely respect.

President Snow is definitely a horrifying villain. Seeing the lengths he is willing to go to is the stuff of nightmares; giving people the power to kill or maim for miniscule infractions and punishing as many people as possible in extreme forms. The cat and mouse game he plays with Katniss is the utmost cruelty, especially since uncertainty makes it difficult for her to function in many ways.

The book ends on a cliff hanger however the upside to waiting so long to read it is that I immediately get to start the next book.

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  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book. As a reader, I felt excited and even hopeful: could it be that this series and its characters were actually going somewhere?
Set down your worries about a sophomore slump. Suzanne Collins has rekindled the crackling tension of her 2008 smash novel, "The Hunger Games." Once again, Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life.
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The author describes her wearing a series of Cher-worthy costumes in which she confronts poisonous mists, deranged monkeys, and a flock of ''candy pink'' birds equipped with long beaks used to skewer human necks. Great stuff, this. Unfortunately, such startling apparitions too quickly appear and disappear, baubles randomly affixed to a story that's been stretched to gossamer thinness.

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For my parents,
Jane and Michael Collins,
and my parents-in-law,
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I clasp the flask between my hands, even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.
As far as I can tell, they never get up before noon unless there's some sort of national emergency, like my leg hair.
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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 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.

BL: 5.3 - AR Pts: 16.0
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Katniss and Peeta
Fight the odds once again, but
Rebellion's afoot.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439023491, Hardcover)

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.

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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.… (more)

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