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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Review by Kaydence
Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire is the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. It follows
Katniss and Peeta after the Hunger Games. They have to keep convincing the world they’re
madly in love with each other and are called back to the Hunger Games. The book starts with Katniss coming back from hunting. When she gets back to her house President Snow is there and tells her that her stunt in the games could lead to another revolution. At the end of the last book she and Peeta were going to both eat poisonous berries since the Capitol wanted each other to kill one another. He tells her that she has to convince everyone that it wasn’t defiance but an act of love. If she doesn’t he will kill her family and friends.
Katniss and Peeta are still friends but he’s still upset that she was just pretending to love him
during the games. They go on the victory tour still acting madly in love. Their first stop is District
eleven, the district Rue was from. Rue was a tribute that Katniss grew an alliance with and
mourned her death. When they are up there presenting their victory speech an old man starts
whistling like Katniss did when Rue died. Soon everyone was doing it and Katniss and Peeta
were taken back into the justice building before seeing the old man killed by Peacekeepers. As
they travel from district to district they sense a feeling of rebellion. At the end they plan for Peeta
to propose to Katniss on live television to convince people of their love. It still doesn’t work and
President Snow tells Katniss it isn’t enough. When they get back an uprising in District 8 has
Katniss tells Gale she wants to run away. He tells her he loves her but has to stay and fight like
District 8. Katniss then goes to Peeta, who agrees to run away with her. As they begin planning
they find Gale being whipped in the main square. As he is recovering Katniss realizes she loves
him too and decides to stay.
Since it's the seventy-fifth Hunger Games they are going to do a special version. This year the
tributes will be picked from the winners of previous years. Since Katniss is District 12’s only
female tribute she is automatically in and it’s between Peeta and Haymich for male. Haymitch is
the only other District 12 winner and was their mentor in the last Hunger Games. At the reaping
Peeta volunteers to take Haymitch’s place.
During Katniss’s interview before the Games she has to wear what would have been her
wedding dress. Her stylist Cinna changes it and when she spins it lights on fire turning into a
mockingjay dress. The mockingjay is like the one Katniss wore on her pin in the arena last year.
It has become the symbol of the rebellion.
The Games begin and right away Katniss is confronted by Finnick, another tribute. He tells her
they’re allies then shows her the bracelet Haymitch gave him. They start traveling and Ktnis
finds that there is an invisible dome that is keeping them in there.
They soon team up with Johanna, Beetee, and Wiress. Katniss realizes that the arena is a big
clock and each section has something dreadful happen when that hour hits. She also realizes
that all the other tributes are trying to keep Peeta alive at any cost but she isn’t sure why.
Beetee comes up with a plan to electrocute all the other tributes not in their group. He ran a wire
from the water to a tree that gets electrocuted every time the clock hits twelve. Since the other
tributes are on the beach it will hit them.
While conducting the plan, the wire gets cut and Johanna hits Katniss over the head with a club
and cuts something out of her arm. Katniss thinks they’re trying to kill her and Peeta so she runs
back to the tree and sees what Beetee was really trying to do. She wraps the wire around an
arrow and shoots it at the invisible dome just as lightning hits it. The dome broke knocking
Katniss out. She wakes up on a hovercraft with Haymitch, Finnick, and Plutarch Heavensbee
that is headed to District 13, the rebellion’s base. Plutarch was the gamemaker for the Capitol
but has also been a secret rebel for years. Katniss finds out that what was cut out of her arm
was her tracker and that District 13 is still surviving. He and the other tributes were in on the
plan to destroy the arena and get the tributes out, especially Katniss. Since she has become the
face of the rebellion they needed her.
They explain that Peeta was being kept alive because they knew if he died Katniss wouldn’t
help them. Katniss then finds out that they weren’t able to save Johanna and Peeta, the Capitol
has captured them. Katniss starts attacking Haymitch and has to be sedated. When she wakes
Gale tells her the Capital dropped bombs after the games and that District 12 has been
This book is an incredible installment in Collins’ series. It has an incredible plot filled with
interesting characters that have you wanting more. Unlike some sequels this book didn’t ruin the
first book, it added more perspective on the characters we already knew and made us fall in
love with new ones. I couldn’t wait to read what happened next when I was done.
Like anything there were a few parts of the book that I didn’t like. I felt that Katniss was written
to not care that much about Peeta at times but then at others he was everything to her. I just
wish her feelings toward him had been a little more clear. I understand the love triangle between
her, Peeta, and Gale but her feelings sometimes came out of no whare making things a little
Overall this book was really great and did a lot of justice to the series. I give this book a 8/10
and recommend it to anyone who has read the first one but is scared this one will ruin the story
line. If you haven’t read the first one I strongly recommend that one too and then too read this