In honour of Mockingjay coming out this week, I thought this would be a good book to review. Probably would have made more sense to review Mockingjay, right? But as I haven’t done Catching Fire yet I figured it was fine.
If you haven’t read the second novel in The Hunger Games series then you may want to stop reading as this will inevitably contain spoilers for both this book and the first one.
Catching Fire continues on from where The Hunger Games ended. Katniss and Peeta have won the 74th annual games, moved into the Victor’s Village in District 12, and are now preparing to go on the “Victory Tour”. This is when the victor, or in this case, victors, travel around to each of the other districts in Panem to celebrate their win. However, things are not what they seem.
Katniss gets a visit from President Snow at her home in District 12 before leaving for the tour that sets off a tidal wave of events. The most prominent of these is when the 75th Hunger Games are announced and they learn that because it’s a Quarter Quell (happening every 25 years), it has different rules than most of the games. In this case, the tributes selected to participate in the Games are chosen only from past winners of the Games. This causes a problem in District 12 as the only ones to have won are Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch. This means Katniss and Peeta are going back into the arena.
The second novel in the series brings back many old characters. Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and Effie are at the top of that list, but there is also Cinna, Gale, and Primrose, Katniss’s stylist, best friend, and sister respectively, and President Snow and Caesar Flickerman, two residents of the Capitol. Of course, we are also introduced to many new characters. Plutarch Heavensbee, Johanna Mason, Mags, and Finnick Odair (my favourite in the series), all of whom play an important part in Katniss and Peeta’s survival.
The second book is very different from the first and the third. The first novel is an introduction to the world of Panem while the third keeps you on the edge of the your seat waiting to see what the final outcome will be. The second one is different in the sense that it keeps you guessing. Full of riddles and questions, Catching Fire will keep you wondering and guessing until the very end. It had me wondering at times what on earth was going on, but that intrigue is what kept me reading and I believe it is what will keep you reading this amazing novel.
Have you read Catching Fire? What did you like about it?