Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Date: June 3, 2010

Movie Release: November 22, 2013

This book review was written by guest reviewer Cindy Phelps Thomas.

About The Author
Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles.  In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

Katniss And Peeta Are Back
In this sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen is back. Katniss and Peeta managed to outsmart the Capital once, but the Capital is not happy about it. Katniss and Peeta were living happily, pretending to be in love whenever the cameras were on them. 

Katniss and Peeta were paraded through the Districts making appearances and giving speeches when Katniss noticed there was something strange going on in some districts. Katniss got word there may be rebellions starting, threatening to overthrow the Capital. The Districts were looking to Katniss as their guide and a symbol of peace for the Districts. She never intended to have this kind of influence on the people of Panem. This made her more fearful for her life than ever.

The news of the Quarter Quell approaching had everyone a bit nervous. Every 25 years the Quarter Quell took place. There was a different type of Hunger Games every time.
The Districts all gathered as the news reported the players in this year’s Quell would be a male and female victor from each of the 12 Districts and they must appear in the Hunger Games. Katniss was the sole female victor for District 12. She never dreamed she would have to survive two games! She knew her male counterpart would be Peeta or her mentor Haymitch, both scenarios made her ill.
In Catching Fire, Katniss entered into the arena for a second time, knowing that this would be her last.
Can Katniss help her partner survive or will this be the end for them both? 
Will there be another victor from District 12?
With 24 players in the arena, this is another action packed tale of survival of the fittest that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Thank you Cindy for this book review! Please share your thoughts in the Comments Section below.

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