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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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    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

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    Joann 09-22-11
    Joann 09-22-11

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    "Excellent follow up!"

    This is an excellent follow up to the first book. The tone is a bit more political than the first book, but do not worry Peeta and Katniss love continues as well as Gale!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bod Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-13-11
    bod Philadelphia, PA, United States 09-13-11
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    "Hunger Games Book 2"

    Complete waste of a listen stop with book one. The author builds up a great narrative just to have it completely fall apart at the end with a horrible climax. Not worth the time, money or credit. Highly recommend against listening to it you will leave the book incredibly frustrated and wishing that you hadn't wasted your time. It turns out that Pita and Catnus are used as pawns in an overthrow plot. At the end the author has Catnus saved by a rebel hover craft after she blows up the force-field on the third day of the second Hunger Games--which she is forced into with Pita who volunteered. Although Pita is still alive and trying to run to the aid of Catnus they leave him behind to be captured and ultimately tortured to death by the Capital just so Catnus can be reunited with Gale and live happily ever after. Supposedly Catnus is too important to the rebellion to die while the only decent character in the whole book, Pita, is killed off, to write that this chain of events is annoying is a vast understatement. The author spends the entire book revealing what an intricate and genuinely good person Pita is, to the point that he becomes the most important character, just to end him so Catnus can be with Gale. It's predictable and insulting, common practice dictates that there can't be two male characters vying for the same lead female so one of them has to go making the book just another typical piece of Hollywood trash.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Huntersville, NC, United States 09-06-11
    Ed Huntersville, NC, United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Written for children but not at all childish."

    I left this same review for "The Hunger Games" but it is still appropriate. The story moves quickly but is easy to follow in situations where you might be momentarily distracted from time to time where books written for an adult audience is not always. No subtext or hidden symbolism to track or follow. It still has a great story line that moves along quickly with both action and emotional impact. I bought the whole trilogy and am glad I did. Great listen for the car, running, or the gym. I would recommend this to anyone teenaged or above.

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    EGB86 09-06-11
    EGB86 09-06-11

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    "Narrator is all wrong"

    I read the first book and sincerely wish I was reading rather than listening to this book. Carolyn McCormick is a fine actress, but she absolutely sucks the life out of this novel. She is too old to be narrating a 16-year-old girl. The pacing is grating. Read the book instead. Wish I could get a credit back on this one.

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    suzybertussi United States 09-04-11
    suzybertussi United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2015

    With work, family, and my own aspirations at a future writing career, I find very little time for reading. I love audio-books because I can listen to books on my way to and from work.

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    "Entertaining story, wrong narrator"

    Although the narrator left a little to be desired (sounds too old for the young protagonist and has a strange inflection in her voice), the story held my interest and I've purchased all three of the trilogy. The second book of the trilogy has some unexpected twists. It would have to, considering the fact that I, as a reader, wondered how Katniss could get tangled up in the games again when she had already won them. You'll have to read/listen to find out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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