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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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    McKayla Sarasota, FL, United States 10-31-11
    McKayla Sarasota, FL, United States 10-31-11
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    "Great start, fizzled out at the end"

    I enjoyed the first book tremendously and was impressed with the first half of the story, which finally shook off the similarities to the Battle Royale novel by exploring facets outside of the Game itself. However, a little after mid-point, Katniss' character - as well as the rest of the story - began to disintegrate.

    The Twilight-esque love triangle and following angst was pretty tiring as well, especially for a girl who keeps insisting that she doesn't ever want to get married. Katniss has some incredible, moving epiphanies regarding her attitude toward the gov't/rebellion, but then at times took steps backwards, which was frustrating because not only did it seem out of character for her, but also because it seemed like you were revisiting something already addressed.

    The games end rather abruptly, and I had trouble keeping up with what was going on. From that point on, the entire conclusion of the book felt rushed, as if the author was under pressure to finish it after the success of the first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-26-11
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2015

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Not as good as The Hunger Games"

    The Hunger Games series starts strong with The Hunger Games which is an excellent novel for young adults. The writing is good and characters and action interesting. The next novel in the series is quite a bit weaker, and the last of the series is weaker still. The concept of the novel doesn???t quite make sense ??? but if you are able to set that aside The Hunger Games is quite enjoyable. Some reviewers have commented negatively on the protagonist being inconsistent. This is true ??? but what young person in a crisis IS consistent? Suspend disbelief and enjoy The Hunger Games (and skip the other two of the series). Catching fire extends the characters and has action but does not really add much.

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    kirsten vancouver, BC, Canada 10-21-11
    kirsten vancouver, BC, Canada 10-21-11
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    "great book"

    I realize this is for teens, and at times, it is a little simple, but overall the plot is so exciting! i am definitely a big fan. cant wait to get to the next one in the series:)

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    David Phillipston, MA, United States 10-21-11
    David Phillipston, MA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Stretching the concept a bit"

    Seems to me that the author is running out of ideas and the sequel does hold my attention anywhere near as well as "The Hunger Games" did. Well performed by Ms. McCormick as usual.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hu 10-20-11
    J. Hu 10-20-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Great good, but very dark"

    I just finished Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games series. It was such a great book that I drove around for an additional 15 minutes to just finish it. Have that said, this book is so "dark" that I am not sure whether to continue to the third book or take a brake in between for some other "readings".

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    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 10-10-11
    Marc Centerville, UT, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2012

    I flip-flop between business and fiction books to keep me grounded in reality while still keeping my childhood love of fantasy firmly intact.

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    "Another hit for Suzanne Collins"

    This second book in the "Hunger Games" series was both believable and entertaining. Although the same themes were repeated - unwilling characters, thrust into the wilderness and forced to fight to the death - the story is still unique and compelling. This is another home run for Suzanne Collins!

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    Jennifer Thomasville, GA, United States 10-08-11
    Jennifer Thomasville, GA, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Book!"

    I am usually not "into" these kinds of books but my sister in law insisted I give it a try. Now I am hooked. The book drew me in within the first few minutes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11
    Chantal Rio Rancho, NM, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Just as good as the first one!"

    This book picked up from the first book. I was not sure what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. Highly recommended!

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    luke 09-22-11
    luke 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    child survivor death


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    lord of the flies, because it is a game with all childreen, and death is involved


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes, after a short time you can distinguish her character voices


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    hunger games


    Any additional comments?

    We enjoyed this one the most out of the three, enjoyed the second book, the last one just didn't go the way I wanted it to. They are predictable, but they are for young readers and all ages will enjoy. Cant wait for the movie!

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    Denisa 09-22-11
    Denisa 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Hunger Games book 2"

    The second book of the Hunger Games saga does not disappoint...the story is engaging, the narration is great! Highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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