‘Catching Fire’ – Suzanne Collins

catching_fire_book_coverThere is always a danger, when you have enjoyed the first book an a series so much, that the sequel is going to be a disappointment.  This was not the case with Catching Fire.  In fact, I would go so far as to say I enjoyed it even more than The Hunger Games.

Having beat the system in the 74th annual Hunger Games of Panem, Katniss Everdeen has returned to District 12 with her fellow victor, Peeta Mellark.  Living in the Victor’s Village, they barely talk to each other, and Katniss has returned to hunting daily with her best friend Gale Hawthorne, outside the boundaries of District 12.  However, as Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour commences, President Snow, leader of the overruling Capitol, pays Katniss a threatening visit.  With the lives of her family and friends in danger, Katniss becomes the centre of a political storm brewing across Panem.  Seen as a symbol of rebellion, she is thrown back into The Hunger Games for their 75th year, along with her fellow competitors, all previous victors themselves.

This is a fast-paced, detailed novel, full of the vigour of rebellion.  I defy you to read it and not want to break the system by the end.  The love-triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale is balanced nicely between complete sop and the reality that none of them have the luxury of time to really explore their feelings.  The story thunders on with or without the love interest, driving all the characters towards a superb cliff-hanger ending leading into Mockingjay.

Completely gripping in every way: a must-read for rebels!

Catching Fire was published in the UK by Scholastic in 2009.  It is available in on Amazon in limited edition foil-cover paperback and ebook format.