Author: Suzanne Collins
Challenge: YA Series Challenge
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol. -summary from goodreads.com
Holy shit. That’s right, I know shit isn’t holy, but wow! This book is intense. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. In this story Katniss is back home and is getting used to her new icon/hero life. She’s back to hunting with Gale and feels more at home than ever before. Enter the Quarter Quell; think of it as the champion of champions. Every district must send a male and female whom have already won the Hunger Games. District 12 winners= Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch…. Yeah, guess who’s going back!
I was really impressed by the scene descriptions. Mrs. Collins did an awesome job bringing the arena to life. Characterization is amazing! All the characters have a spot in my heart. I really really loved Finnick! At first I didn’t know whether to trust him or not, but that quickly changed once we got into the story. Oh and Peeta… My dear Peeta. He’s just as great as he was in book one and even though he’s a bit heartbroken, he continues to do the impossible to keep Katniss safe. I am a die hard romantic, and Petta's sacrificial love for Katniss is so amazing, that I can't help love him!
Overall, Catching Fire is a fast paced, thrilling, not to mention nail biting read, that will have you hooked from start to finish. Its a fantastic mixture of adventure, romance and... well, war. The themes, while mature, are never so mature that I would feel uncomfortable in recommending the series to teenagers. The only thing I didn’t like; the ending. Major cliffhanger! Must get hands on Mockingjay NOW!