Dec 9, 2013

Review: Catching Fire (Re-Read)

6148028Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Release Date: September 1st, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 391
Format: Hardcover, Bought

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Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

My Review:

It took me a little while to get up the nerve to read this book. Part of it being that it was a re-read and I wanted to read other things. I made a promise to myself though that I would re-read it before I went to go see the movie so I could compare the story better to the movie itself. I am glad I did this. After the first little slow bit, it picked up for me and I flew through it. Reading most of the book in just a few hours.

I loved this story the first time I read it, and I think I loved it even more this time around. Since I know what happens in the last book, I was able to pick this book apart a little more to see how she set things up for the final book. I was clueless the first time around, but now I know better.

Katniss annoyed me a little in this book. She had so much happen to her in the first book, as well as this book too, but I find she tends to handle things in the wrong way sometimes. She tends to flip flop her emotions and it made me angry sometimes. One minute she wanted to do one thing, the next she was doing the exact opposite.

With that said, I still really like her as a character. She reminds me a lot of me and my anti-social ways. I also love Peeta. I always have, always will. TEAM PEETA. I do still really like Gale too, I just for some reason have always been drawn to Peeta and how sweet and self-less he is. It is always Katniss he cares about, not anyone else, even himself. I also really like Finnick in this book. He is probably one of my favorite secondary characters. I can't remember if he is in the last book much, but I sure hope he is.

You also learn to love Cinna, Mags, Beetee, Wiress, and most of the other tributes in this story too. Their determination is a trait to admire and I love how they never give up!

This book is my favorite in the trilogy. Books one and three are a little more slow and I  know all of it, even Catching Fire is just giving you information to lead up to the last book, but I feel like the author put more love into the second book than any of the other books she wrote. There was so much more detail and emotion put into this book, its hard not to love it.

Couldn't Put it Down!!


  1. I've only read the book once but I want to read it before I see the movie too. I think I loved all three of the books in the trilogy. It really was a great story.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  2. Great review. I won't continue the series despite liking the first book a lot since the stories were ruined for me with the sequels and I already know what happens.

  3. I definitely have to go back and reread this (and watch the movie). I remember the first time I time I read it I wasn't a fan of Catching Fire or Mockingjay.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books


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