Catching Fire

Catching Fire

Book - 2009
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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439023498
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Collins
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 02, 2017

Comment number 500: I wantz moar.

Aug 03, 2017

Catching Fire is one of my favourite books in the trilogy, because it highlights the characters, Katniss and Peeta’s reign as victors, and the action-packed thrill that fans have learnt to love. I personally prefer this book over its previous one because the storyline and plot are much more well-developed and more interesting. Honestly speaking, I regret reading the first book because Catching Fire and Mockingjay were all I needed to make me like the characters and appreciate the series. Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I was pleasantly surprised with "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins. Unlike several other sequels that I've read, "Catching Fire" was just as unputdownable, maybe even more so, than the original novel. Katniss Everdeen, the fierce and independent heroine is back in this action-packed, well paced followup where she must learn to survive like never before....or else. I couldn't stop reading this fast paced book that connects richly imaginative dystopia to shocking real-life examples that will open your eyes (and engage your mind). I recommend to teens and adults alike.
- @theapprenticebookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 18, 2017

I have read the whole series and I really enjoyed it. I feel a bit like the second book is underrated because it's in the middle, but I don't think it should be. I loved the intensity of the 75th Hunger Games and the twists that the plot took. I am generally a big fan of of post-war dystopia and so I thought this book was great and definitely action-packed.

Jul 17, 2017

This is one of the only books I've read in a Series where the second book is better than the first. It was so good and I would say the same for all of her books. Katniss is a great roll model for younger people as she is fighting for what she believes in. This book is great!

Jul 10, 2017

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is a very good sequel to the first book in the series. The book is about Katniss and her going to the hunger games for the second time in a row. The book is a lot more boring than the first book. I recommend the book but it might not be the best read.

Jun 08, 2017

I liked the first book, which i read on a trip, then I forgot about it. Can't wait to read this one.

P.S: The movies are trash compared to these.

Mar 25, 2017

Very interesting book!

Feb 25, 2017

To quote the Examiner critic, there is a "terrible familiarity" to this dystopia; but whether it will keep you up all night reading is more debatable. It has a basic, goodies versus baddies + Chosen One structure, but it was written for teenagers. The first one is well-written, and discovering how this society works will keep the pages turning. Book Two is basically a reprise of Book One -- you could get away with just reading the last few couple chapters, if you are pressed for time.

An exceptional read! very interesting!

Aug 18, 2016

After falling in love with the first of the trilogy, I had to read the second. And to my liking, it didn’t let me down! The second book of The Hunger Games series was just as good and action packed as the first. I was worried that I wouldn’t like the second book, because I thought it might be too much of a repeat of the first time, but it wasn’t. More characters were introduced to make the story a million times better. There are heart-wrenching moments, as well as suspenseful and happy moments. The plot still remains strong and each page full with new information. This is one of those books that you will have done within an hour or two because it’s just that good, and you can’t put it down!
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I actually read this book after reading The Mockingjay because I couldn't get a hold of it in time. This book just felt way too repetitive and I got very confused at so many points in the book. I felt as though I couldn't keep up with the pacing and lack of description used to tell readers what in the world was happening. It wasn't until I watched the movie that more came to light, and I had plenty of "Oh" moments. In a way, I felt like the movie was better than the book. This is a rare exception, because I usually ALWAYS like the books better as movies cut out too much. This book simply confused me way to much. I even had to go back and reread it to clarify so many points. 4/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy and I definitely recommend reading it if you've read The Hunger Games. The book is all about how Katniss is a symbol of rebellion because of the first hunger games. It's very interesting to see the whole situation of the book from the Capitol's POV and the people of the districts' POV. This book is exciting and I was completely engrossed. Read the book to find out more about how Katniss continues to lead the rebellion against the Capitol.
- @Triwizard of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, and one of my personal favourites in the series. The premise of the Hunger Games is still kept the same, one boy and one girl pulled from a lottery to represent each district in the Hunger Games. This time, however, a change is made in honour of the 75th annual Hunger Games, and will drastically affect the outcome of our main characters. This book doesn't spend too much time recapping events from the first book, and spends the majority of the story focused on the action, which was much more refreshing than the first book, and helped move the story along well. Catching Fire was an exciting read, and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. 
- @loona of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Jul 07, 2016

"No one really needs me," he says, and there's no self-pity in his voice. I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta died. Me.(and me). "I do," I say, "I knead you."
Get it because he's the boy with the bread. *Dies of laughter* seriously though i love that scene. <3

Feb 22, 2016


Jan 17, 2016

This is no place for a girl on fire.


Jan 17, 2016

"There is no District Twelve."


Aug 03, 2015

"I act delighted, but I have zero interest in these Capitol people. They are only distractions from the food."

Jun 24, 2015

"A spark could be enough to set them ablaze."
- Katniss Everdeen

Jun 22, 2015

"my nightmares are usually about losing you. i'm okay once i realized you're here."

May 31, 2014

"It was all for the Games," Peeta says. "How you acted."
"Not all of it," I say, tightly holding my flowers.

"On the 75th anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors."
- President Snow

pllredcoat Feb 08, 2014

"Do you have any secrets worth my time?" -Finnick Odair

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Jun 03, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Here's the deal. It's a little gorier than the first book. If you couldn't handle the death and blood in the first one, I recommend that you don't read this one or the next one. A good book if you can handle crying your eyes out over characters, situations, and an abrupt cliffhanger.

AbigailCurious Oct 22, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Its scary, and a cliffhanger, not for the soft harded

Jun 11, 2014

Other: Nothing is wrong with this book it is like war!

Violence: Very bloody & gory

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blood & Gore

Sexual Content: Mild

Jul 07, 2013

Other: • Violence and Death are prevalent topics • Sexuality: Mild • Does not contain coarse language


Violence: actions

Aug 04, 2012

Coarse Language: They make up there own swear words.

Aug 04, 2012

Violence: GORE

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Jun 03, 2015

In the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen is struggling. Even though she has won The 74th Hunger Games, with Peeta Mellark, and safely returned home. Panem has been changed forever and the flames of a revolution have been spreading. And it's one that Katniss and Peeta may have unintentionally started. The stakes are higher than ever in Catching Fire. Katniss must decide on survival or love. She honestly doesn't know anymore.

sabita9 Aug 08, 2014

The second book in the Hunger Game series. It is mesmerizing and exciting as the first. I can't wait to read the third book.

Jul 12, 2014

The book "Catching Fire" is about katniss and peeta and how their life changes after they get back from the Hunger Games as the new victors .

Jul 07, 2013

Katniss hopes that now that she has returned back home to District 12 everything will return to normal. But she very soon realizes that things will ever be the same ever again. The berries she once thought were her escape have now planted seeds of rebellion in the districts against the Capitol. Peeta feels betrayed, Gale keeps her at a cold distance and Katniss finds herself lost, confused and alone. Their lives are further complicated with the wildcard of the 75th Hunger Games when it is announced that the tributes will be chosen from the existing pool of victors. Katniss consequently goes into the arena; however, this time she has a very different mindset. She vows to protect Peeta’s life and ensure that he wins no matter the cost. But it soon becomes very obvious that the odds most certainly are not in Katniss’ favor.

RainbowGoldfish May 24, 2013

Katniss and Peeta won the annual hunger games and now they must try to survive in another place.

Jan 06, 2013

Katniss Everdeen had survived the Hunger Games along with her "boyfriend" Peeta Mellark! She hopes that once she returns home, her life can get back to normal. But things will never be the same for Katniss ever again. Prim is more adult than tween, Gale holds her at an icy distance, and Peeta pretty much ignores her.
While living in her new home in the Victor's Village, Katniss learns about the "change" in this year's Hunger Games. Instead of having a new boy and girl tribute from each district compete in the Games, a boy and girl victor from each district will be submitted into one big battle to see which victor survives. Katniss enters the Hunger Games devoted to protecting Peeta's life rather than hers, because this time, there will be only one victor. Katniss may have survived the last Hunger Games, but this time, the odds are most definitely not in her favor.

Aug 05, 2012

Katniss and Peeta have come out of the hunger games alive. katniss must convince all of Panem that she loves Peeta when she goes on the victory tour.
But president Snow annouces the third Quarter Quell a fight to the death between a female and male victor of the hunger games of each district and Katniss know shes going back into the arena, and this time she must save Peeta.

Aug 03, 2012

Katniss and Peeta must once again try to survive in a newly connived arena in the next year's Hunger Games. Love, betrayal, and hurt...amazing book!!

Jul 05, 2012

Katniss Everdeen is returning home after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games with her "boyfriend" Peeta Mellark. They visit the other districts on a victory tour, and each make speeches about the fallen tributes. When they finally arrive home, Katniss meets two girls from district 8 planning on going to a bombed district, district 13, where it is said survivors live underground.

On the 75th annual Hunger Games
on the Quarter Quell, tributes who have the Hunger Games in the past are chosen to participate, instead of all new tributes. Katniss is chosen by default and Peeta volunteers for Haymitch when he is chosen. In the beach-like arena, Katniss discovers it is set like a clock.

When the Hunger Games is finally over, she discovers that her home, district 12, has been bombed and destroyed.

alejadrasanchez Jun 26, 2012

The book "Catching Fire" is about katniss and peeta and how their life changes after they get back from the Hunger Games as the new victors .

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