Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on April 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published by Scholastic Press (9.1.2009)
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 391 pages
Source: I own it
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5 Stars

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 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.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.

My thoughts

Again, this is my third time through this series and I still love it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time. Although I do kinda wish I was reading it for the first time, since I already knew everything that was going to happen. I still remember my shock, though, at the announcement of the Quarter Quell. Wow! Never even saw that one coming!

Collins is a brilliant writer and has a way with emotion. She sure knows how to rip my heart out! I teared up several times, and one part in particular I was practically bawling. That part is horrific for me and even though I know it’s coming and can’t stop it, I still dreaded reading it again!
This entire novel has a feel of desperation to it – especially with the pressure on Katniss of trying to extinguish the spark that she started.
I love that each chapter ends in its very own cliffhanger, too. With the chapters leaving off that way, you have no choice but to keep reading!! It really keeps you riveted right up until the end.

I don’t want to say much else as I don’t want to spoil anything – but the last quarter of the book was the most incredible. It really goes to show how despicable the Capitol and the Games are. This one is my favorite of the trilogy by far, and that ending – wow!!

Favorite character: Definitely still Cinna!! Finnick comes in second. :)


quotes“Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven’t looked pretty?” I say.
“It must be. The sensation’s completely new. How have you managed it all these years?” he asks.
“Just avoid mirrors. You’ll forget about it.”
“Not if I keep looking at you.”



Plot: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
World-building: 5/5
Pace: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Might I remind you that red is my favorite color. :)
Overall rating: 5+/5 starfish
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Jessi (Geo)

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3 responses to “Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

  1. Great review! I definitely need to read the series again. Your review made me feel a little homesick for the story. I adore Finnick, and I still get sad when I think of what happens to him.

  2. Pim

    Amazing review :)
    I love Hunger Games! And I agree with you :) I love the emotions in the books and the cliff hangers and the characters (Finniiiiick *fangirling* :D)
    I love Catching Fire but I still love Hunger Games more :)

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