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04 September 2009

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book in the Hunger Games.

This sequel is a fast-paced thrill from cover to cover - each chapter leaving the reader more tense than the last. Unfortunately, I cannot say much about it without spoiling the ending of the first book. So, if you have not read The Hunger Games do so before reading this post!

It has been almost a year since the last Hunger Games. Life in District 12 is back to normal for most, for Katniss and Peeta it is better. They have the money to provide for their families. Due to the winner being from 12, each family in the district gets a care package of food and supplies each month - so really, all are better off.

Katniss is not looking forward to the upcoming tour she is required to do as winner. She does not miss all of the make up, clothing, and fuss she has to be subjected to.

This year, being the 75th year of the Games, which commemorate the failed uprising of the people and their reliance on the Capital, is an even bigger year for the contestants. Each quarter of a century there is a Quarter Quell instead of the regular (still brutal) Games.

When the rules for the Quell are announced, everyone is shocked that the Capital could be so cruel. It may be that the leaders have gone too far this time. Will there be a revolution? If so, how will it help those trapped in the Quell, fighting to the death?

Collins, Suzanne. (2009). Catching Fire. New York: Scholastic.

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