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Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2 | [Suzanne Collins]

Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.
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Publisher's Summary

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

Still hungry? Listen to more Hunger Games.

©2009 Suzanne Collins; (P)2009 Scholastic, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Collins expertly blends fantasy, romance and political intrigue (so who needs vampires?)." (People Magazine)

"Catching Fire not only lived up to my high expectations, it surpassed them. It's just as exciting as The Hunger Games, but even more gut wrenching, because you already know these characters, you've already suffered with them." (Stephenie Meyer)

"...enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." (School Library Journal, starred review)

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    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09
    Julie Cookeville, TN, USA 12-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Better than I expected"

    After HUNGER GAMES, I needed more. Sometimes the book after such a phenomenal and original story lacks a little of the surprise and excitement. Not so with this book. It lives up to HUNGER GAMES and more. The only bad part, I have to wait another year for the next book!!!!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 08-19-11
    Kelly 08-19-11
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    "I think I know where this is going..."

    A good read, but not as captivating as the first in the series. I am intrigued to finish the trilogy and to discover if the story continues on its trajectory. Note - thanks to Carolyn McCormick for dropping that baby voice she used when speaking for Katness in the first book. She's a teenager, not a toddler.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 07-12-10
    Jesse Corrales, NM, United States 07-12-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing book, narrator hurts the experience"

    My wife's been reading these books as they come out and I've been listening to the audiobooks and this one's an amazing sequel, but Carolyn McCormick's narration is starting to really get in the way of my enjoyment of the series. After I mentioned that I was irked with how annoyingly petulant Katniss has become since the first book, I've been informed by several people who read the books that this appears to be a perception I've formed based on the horrendous performance of the narrator.

    Why on earth she insists on using this bizarre pouty-lipped babytalk reading style is completely beyond me, but it's 5x as bad as it was in "The Hunger Games." Words like "squirrel" which occur shockingly often, are like nails on a blackboard. It feels like I'm literally being read to like I'm an infant, all the more inappropriate given the words that are being read to me from this heart-wrenching story.

    This is a five star book that's been dragged down a star by the performance. I'll still probably finish the series on audiobook, but that will be the last book I ever purchase read by Carolyn McCormick.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-22-12
    Tango Texas 03-22-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Not as good as The Hunger Games - disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book because it really wasn't as well written as the first. The Hunger Games introduced a really interesting dystopian world, but that was not fleshed out much in the second book. Katniss is protrayed as a rather naive but heroic girl in the first book, but by the second book she is coming across as self-absorbed and not naive but just plain stupid. Since the author chose 1st person narrative, it seems kind of silly to me that Suzanne Collins keeps trying to bring Katniss to the brink of death and then pull her back. The reader knows that Katniss isn't going to die or the book would end since Katniss is telling the story - duh. I felt like the author was manipulating me rather than pulling me into the story. Very little additional character development for Peta and Gale - both young men are portrayed as rather 1-dimensional and I kept wondering why either of them would be interested in such dumb-bunny as Katniss appears to be. Since much of this second book is focused on the relationships between Katniss, Peta, and Gale and Katniss is a twerp and Peta/Gale are so flat, it makes for a book that is a little boring and kind of silly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was totally aggravated with the ending of Catching Fire. I thought Suzanne Collins actually did a great job with The Hunger Games in providing a satisfying conclusion, but still leaving the door open for sequels. Not so with Catching Fire - the ending leaves EVERYTHING up in the air and left me wanting nothing so much as to smack stupid Katniss.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    Anyone else! Carolyn McCormick is fine when she is reading exposition, but when she reads the spoken words for characters, she makes some people sound strange - especially Katniss. I found this odd because essentially the whole book is in Katniss'


    Could you see Catching Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'm sure it will be a movie, but the ending is so poor it will be a bad movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I may listen to the final installment just to see if Suzanne Collins can pull this thing back together, but I have to say that Catching Fire does not measure up to The Hunger Games. I was disappointed.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-20-12
    Robert 03-20-12
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    "the narration is awful!!!"

    This is just a bad fit. The story is good, but the performance if terrible!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 06-30-11
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "What if History repeated & the dark ages return"

    It could happen. The story paints one possible future. All the elements are here in our society. Read and enjoy a cool story. You will want to go on to the second book but don’t waste your time. This could have been a 4 or 5 with a better presentation. The story gets a little to mellow dramatic at times and the narrator’s presentation just makes it worse. In the second book it just gets worse and the story is lost.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jurgens HartswaterSouth Africa 09-16-09
    Jurgens HartswaterSouth Africa 09-16-09
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    "captivating"

    I'm always amazed how writers can create a story which draws you in and make you care about it's characters. Susanne Collins does just that. I am officially a fan of her work and can't wait for the final installment of the trilogy. The story line is very similar to the first book, but where the first book promised no reform or change for the people of Panem, this book get things moving along and promises bucketloads for the third installment. Looking forward to that.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 09-14-09
    Cheryl 09-14-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Can't wait for the final book!"

    I loved "The Hunger Games" and couldn't wait for "Catching Fire". Fortunately, it had just been released when I finished the first book. Picking up very close to the end of "The Hunger Games", Collins continues the story of Katniss et al with some minor and major shocking moments. Although I thought the first half went a little too quickly and glossed over periods of time with just a few paragraphs, the second half delivers.
    As I listened to hour after hour, I knew this story would end on a cliffhanger. There's just too much unresolved. "Catching Fire" reveals a bigger story and I can't wait to see how it ends!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Athens, TX, USA 01-03-10
    Linda Athens, TX, USA 01-03-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent addition to the series"

    My adult book club tries to read YA books in addition to adult books. We chose HUNGER GAMES. When I finished it, I immediately sought out CATCHING FIRE. While I wasn't disappointed, I was more surprised at some of the plot points. The ending whets my appetite for the third book, due in August. Do yourself a favor and read this outstanding series.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 12-19-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Hunger Games Part 2."

    Another awesome addition to the Hunger Games Trilogy. I will always like book one best, but this book also packs quite a punch. Lots of action, intrigue, romance, friendship and loyalty is involved in the story. As the trilogy moves along there is more Panem political intrigue and what the Capital and the President expects from Katniss. In this book Katniss tries to stay under the radar, but the injustice of the Capital keeps her on her toes and then the 75th Hunger Games begin and causes all kinds of trouble. And like with all young adult series out nowadays there is a love triangle. Who do you vote for Peeta or Gale? I personally was always on the fence until the third book. I liked the new character additions to the story. Narrator does a good job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Hittowl
    4/7/13
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    "As good as Book 1"

    I found this book as hard to put down as the first book and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who listened to The Hunger Games. There is a twist in the story fairly early on so you will undertand what the story will be about in general terms. I would certainly suggest listening to this before the film comes out so that you will have a better understanding of the background as it would be difficult to do justice to the story in two hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Francisc
    Royston, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Best entertainment ever"

    Im new in this country and listening this audiobook help me a lot.

    It's very easy to understand and also fun.

    Every month I listening a book. Thanks yo audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    London, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A book of two halves"

    Loved the first half, lots of twists and turns, but the second half just falls flat and the quality of the storytelling is nowhere near as good in the second part of Catching Fire... First half was great though!

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  • A. Davies
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    4/7/13
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    "May the odds be ever in your favour!"

    I absolutely adored the books & wanted to read them again and again, but unfortunately having to work full time makes that rather difficult. If I'm honest I don't understand why I love these books so much, I'm normally a sensitive squirmish soul, so the premis of 24 children having to fight each other to the death really shouldn't appeal to me do much but...it did. Collins is engaging, perhaps not original, but Katniss, Peeta and Gale are part of an eerily familiar world which makes you long for their survival, and hand on every word of their story. Thoroughly enjoyed & thoroughly reccomended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Clonsilla, Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "Perfect"

    Literally the most perfect book ever. Perfect story, character progression, paced well, perfection. AMAZING. Plot twists and the ending were unexpected and perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penelope
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    3/27/13
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    "Good development of characters."

    I really liked the characters from the first book, and this developed the relationships further...I wont tell you which so not to ruin it for you.



    It also gave more on the different districts and I got a bigger picture of their world, and felt more part of their world. I liked the new characters that were introduced and new relationships forming.



    It's always good to take back power, and they did it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
    12/29/12
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    "Another Excellent Offering"

    I so enjoyed the first book (heard as an audiobook) that I moved straight on to the second of the trilogy. I was intrigued to see what the author could do to keep us interested but the twists and turns of the story kept me coming back for more at every listening opportunity. I was just as impressed with this episode as with the first and I'll be interested to see how they turn this book into a film. Again, the narration was good and I would thoroughly recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marcuscheyne
    HUNTLY, United Kingdom
    12/27/12
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    "catching fire"

    I downloaded this book a few days back and i love it. I have watched the movie of the hunger games and i really think that Carolyn McCormick imitates the atmosphere of the actual film itself and the attitude of the main character Katniss Everdeen. I think its great as you can listen to the books anywhere and anytime. I am also very happy the Audible actually offer a free trial and you can choose any book you want with your free credit. I highly recommend that you listen to the book as a carry on from the amazing hunger games trilogy and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhubarb, Rhubarb
    Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    12/25/12
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    "Enjoyable"

    Intrigued by the popular interest in this series I decided to download all 3 books (I.e The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay). I was nervous that the American narrators voice would eventually grate but was pleasantly surprised to realise she didn't & instead played a part in my ultimate enjoyment. That said - I did find myself laughing to myself mimicking her plaintive cries of "Catniss!"..."Peter!" to my families annoyance. Her singing (very small part of overall narration) was also laughably bad - but I admired her courage. Overall I would recommend - & preferred it narrated than when I read one of the books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PC
    London
    12/24/12
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    "The story continues........."

    After finishing listening to The Hunger Games I could hardly wait to start listening to Part II of the trilogy. I have to say that I was struggling to imagine how what seemed like a complete novel could be continued for two more though I should not have worried. There are enough new twists in the plot to keep you engaged and to make the overall story plausible although perhaps the writing is not quite as taught as in the first novel of the series. The characterisation continues to impress and you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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