Catching Fire Book Cover

Genre: YA – Science-Fiction/Dystopian
Series: #2 in the Hunger Games series Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 391
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Wow! Just Wow! This is going to be a hard post to write, but I loved this book and am eagerly anticipating the third in the series.

What’s difficult is to say anything about the plot without giving away things I wouldn’t have wanted to know before I read it. I pretty much avoided all reviews and marked them to read after I finished it because I didn’t’ want to be spoiled. I feel I owe folks that courtesy.

So, what I can say is that if you read and loved The Hunger Games as much as I did, read this. The rollercoaster ride continues. It picks up a few months after the end of the first book and the repercussions of that happened in the game arena are still echoing. Winning the Hunger Games is only the beginning. There is a Victors tour of all the districts and then, of course the prospect of being a mentor to future tributes. Winning isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when you’re plagued with nightmares of what you went through in that arena and know you’ll be a part of The Hunger Games for the rest of your life as a mentor. Add to that the element of political unrest in the country and the increasingly open brutality of the Capitol and you’ve got something simmering that may just blow the lid off the pot.

You’re not going to get any more from me about what happens in this book. Just read it. I know that some folks who really enjoyed The Hunger Games have been disappointed in the sequel. I can understand that, it takes a different path in some ways and is repetitive in others. I liked it a lot and was blown away more than once by plot twists I hadn’t even considered.

I’ll admit I was annoyed at times with some of the stuff that was a repeat or rehash of the first book. I don’t think it was better than the first book and I’m glad that it’s planned as a trilogy so there’s a limited time for getting to whatever the outcome will be. I don’t think it’s better than the first book and probably not as good, but it’s a great continuation of the story. Now that I’ve read it I’m looking forward to spending some time online reading all those reviews I marked to read later and to check out the fan websites that I’m sure are out there.

Rating 4/5