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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Back to the Arena...FINALLY

I almost quit on this book after a completely uneventful and meandering first half. Then the second half kicks in and saves the entire thing. Collins's vision of Arena #2 (yes, there's another arena...you didn't think they were going back in?) is fantastically diabolical, and at least this time, Katniss is with a handful of people who have her back, rather than just a wet blanket (I mean, baker). I understand that the first half of this book sets up the rest of the events that follow in the remaining one and a half books, but I feel like it could have been done better. The ending is rather abrupt and caught me off guard, and the narrator continues to make me hate the main character (which, please believe me, I don't enjoy doing). I’ve gotten this far…might as well finish off the trilogy.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Ventura, CA, United States
  • 12-16-11

Gimme a break

It's enough already with the whining of the main character. I enjoyed the first book, pretty unique premise and was well done. The second book is just basically a rehash and repeat of the first, I felt a little cheated. Don't think I'll try the last one, at this point don't really care what happens to the main character (or any one else in the story).

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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The first one is quite good

I will try not to give anything away and simply say that I'm not as enthralled with this one. I cannot believe in the story, in the decisions of the characters, in the logical progression - I expected more sooner, or if not more, than an explanation of why the characters would choose the way that they did, especially the main character and the rest of the tributes.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Olathe, KS, United States
  • 11-15-10

Not as good as the first book.

As with many trilogies, the second book just doesn't live up to the expectations set by the first. This is not a bad book, by any means, but it could certainly have been better. The pace was a bit slow at times, and the main character seemed to lack depth in this book which made it difficult for me to connect with the main character in this book.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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A good book except for...

The narrator. I read the first book but my preference is to listen to my books as I'm a busy person. The voice of the narrator threw me off. I felt like she was reading the book to me as most narrators tend to bring you into the story with them. I had trouble getting into the story as her voice and the way she read the story was very distracting. She improved with the second half of the book, and I hope she is better with the third book but I'd have not chosen her in the first place. I enjoyed this book as it gets into the heart of the struggle that the people go through. I held my breathe wondering if
Katness and Peeta were going to make it to the end. All in all I felt that this book was an excellent stand alone book and not just a bridge to a third book. I look forward to getting into the last installment in this series.

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  • Annie
  • Mc Kinney, TX, United States
  • 09-02-09

A must read.

Catching fire starts a blaze from the beginning. I couldnt wait to download it and wished it never ended. The second book was even better then the first. Suzanne you are brilliant and I am sure you will not let us down in the final book. I want more more more.

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  • Prabal
  • Kathleen, GA, United States
  • 03-09-11

Good-Ok-Bad

Enjoyed the first book. Second didn't appeal to me the same way. Third is mostly about the nightmares, the kisses, the nostalgia and was a big let down for me. Instead of elaborating on the war against the capital and uncovering the actors that double crossed her, the lead character wallows in pain, suffering and self pity. The author could have taken the subsequent books to a new level instead of using the same old formulas over and over again.

30 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Good yet irritating

This is a great story. Good ideas. It flows almond nicely. Doesn’t get stagnant and dwell on any certain topic for too long like most other books do. It is entertaining enough. And this is my second time reading it.

The narration is wonderful by Carolyn McCormick.

The biggest problem with the book is the main character. I find myself getting irritated in my daily life listening to her go on and on about how everything being her fault. “Everyone died because of me.” “I am the reason why the rebellion happened”
It’s almost as if she thinks she’s the center of the whole world. She also likes to jump to conclusions very easily. “Peta is dead, I just know it“
She gets herself into bad situations because she’s a hothead. She acts before thinking and before she knows the true situation. It is a typical teenage way of thinking. And I for one don’t want my children to read this book and think that young girls should act this way. DRAMA!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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She needs a thesaurus.

The severe overuse of the word "flesh" in this collection of books is distracting and exemplary of how poorly written they are.

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 06-03-14

Let the Games Resume...

Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

Five-star novel, five-star movie, five-star audiobook -- except for one thing. The narrator is the same one who brought The Hunger Games down a notch. But never mind -- the writing, the story, the characters, they will get you past it.

What did you like best about this story?

The best thing about Catching Fire, the thing that every sequel struggles with, is how to reprise the best thing about the original in a fresh and original way. The best thing about The Hunger Games is the hunger games. it takes a while for Catching Fire to get there, but the last couple of hours, once the 75th hunger games take shape, is the best part of the book.

Not that the getting there is any tribulation. If The Hunger Games, for an adult looking for subtext and as a lesson to its younger audience, is a primal scream against sending our kids off to die in war, the first half of Catching Fire takes the theme of economic, political and social elitism to the next level. And this came several years before the 1% and the 47% became catch phrases.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormick?

Do I have a choice? If I want to finish the trilogy, I have to listen to her one more time. She is a tad better here than in the first book, but that may be just because I was ready for her this time. She still brings the whole thing down, totally miscast as she is. Fortunately, I'm not a fan of James Patterson or that kind of writer, so I will likely not be running into McCormick again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The big moments are all still there -- Gale's whipping, learning the details of the Quarter Quell, the wedding dress twirl, Cinna's beating. But the unexpected one, the one that really hits home, is the story of Haymitch's first time in the games.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • sharon
  • 05-21-17

easy listening

easy listening and flows well. much better than the film and builds a much better picture

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  • Gemma holt
  • 05-11-17

Just gets better

I love this book, I've read it several times and just discovered it on audible. Love this book so much and it is read very well

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  • Debbie Brenton
  • 04-03-17

Much better as a book

I am enjoying this series. Although the films are good, I feel that because so much of this relies on emotions mixed with everyone hiding their emotions, the book explains so much more. Makes for a very interesting listen.

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  • N Michelle
  • 03-11-17

Great story not as good as the first book

The second installment was good a lot more character building etc. but not as good as the first one so 4 out of 5 stars.

Katniss' lack of self-awareness sometimes can get maddening since the story is in the first person.

Would have loved to know more about the planning of the rebellion.

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  • David R
  • 03-03-17

Well read story

In this second installment of the Hunger Games story we follow Katnis and Peter as they once again are thrust into the Hunger Games which being the 3rd quarter quell is to be special in some way. This quell will be held with former victors of the games.

Katnis and Peter must once again battle for their lives, this time against experienced killers who all know each other. However they find that they have a number of allies in the games this time which turns out to be the saving grace for them all.

The arena this year is set out as a clock, with a new threat presenting itself in a different segment each hour. Eventually with the help of Beetee, Joanne and Finnick, Katnis manages to destroy the arena and is picked up by a hovercraft from the 'non existant' district 13, which actually still does exist after all.

Katnis then faces a hard truth... President Snow ordered her home of district 12 to be fire bombed when he saw that she destroyed the arena. Luckily though, Gale was able to lead some of the people from 12 into the woods and to district 13 so she still has her mother and sister.

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  • Ed
  • 02-12-17

The Hunger Games

Much better than the movies. couldn't stop listening!
Carolyn McCormick does a great job of drawing the listener in.

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  • MARSHA DELVE
  • 01-24-17

Another amazing instalment.

Brilliant
I have read and listened and watched this several times and still enjoy it every time.

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  • GMan
  • 01-07-17

Wow!

Most people say that it is a bad book because the readers voice is full but I don't think there is anything wrong with it.

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  • Sarah
  • 10-29-16

A really good listen - again and again.

I have really enjoyed this recording of Catching Fire - my favourite of the Hunger Games Trilogy. It's narrated well.

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  • megan
  • 10-25-16

Perfect sequel to a great story

The hunger games series is very well written and gripping throughout. The narrator is not as bad as people say, I think she voices Katniss perfectly. I've never actually physically read the book as I enjoy the audiobooks so much