The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Book Review

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 472 pages

Release Date: 2009

Publisher: Scholastic

Description: Katniss is alive, but she shouldn’t be. There can only be one victor of the hunger games but now there are two. Katniss and Peeta both won because of their love for each other, or that’s what Katniss wants people to think, but after hearing of possible uprisings in other districts she’s not so sure that they do, the districts are in rebellion against the capitol and it’s her fault. So now more than ever she’s got to really be in love with Peeta, convince not only the districts but President Snow himself. Or face the life threatening consequences.

My Thoughts: If you’ve read my review of The Hunger Games then you already know that I’ve read this trilogy a number of times, and every time this book has always been my favourite.

Catching Fire has a lot more going on than The Hunger Games did and that’s a good thing, there are also some new characters introduced that you can like which is another good factor, because in the first book there were only about four characters in total that we were supposed to care about. But in Catching Fire all of the characters develop and it’s got a stronger storyline going than just a girl that volunteers to save her sister’s life and ends up in a deadly field with a load of other children wanting to kill her, this book has much more meaning than that, and I think for that reason it’s more compelling than the first book was.

Katniss and Peeta have a much stronger relationship than I ever remember them having the other times I’ve read the books, and I feel like it’s really good that Katniss doesn’t know who she loves most; Gale or Peeta, and I think I might have said this in my review of The Hunger Games but usually I hate love triangles, they really irritate me and I always think that if you can fall in love with another person whilst being in love with someone already then you can’t love the first one very much and so I just find it ridiculous – but this love triangle, the one between Katniss, Peeta and Gale really, really works. And I think it’s clever how Suzanne makes Katniss love them both, because she has to pretend to love Peeta and she’s never thought about her and Gale as anything but friends but then after having to kiss Peeta in front of cameras and everything and knowing that Gale will see it she starts to realise that she doesn’t necessarily want him to see it, and I think because she’s forced to love Peeta whether she does or not makes her question whether she actually does or not and I think it’s a really clever way of doing it and it really works, obviously I was always on Team Peeta but I really love Gale as a character as well.

I like that President Snow becomes a fully established bad guy in this book, in the first book we know he’s evil because he’s the president and the lives they live are horrible and it’s his doing but once he singles out Katniss and tries to make her life a living hell and threatens her family and everything I feel like then he’s properly evil, he’s a proper baddy and it makes the book more interesting knowing that the president is out to get Katniss unless she does everything he asks.

This is by far the best book out of the series and one of my favourite books ever, if you haven’t read it then why the hell not? If you have read it then please leave a comment on this post and let me know what you think! And if you think, ‘oh I don’t have to read the books because I’ve read the film.’ you are so wrong! There is so much more that happens in the books! And all the bits that don’t make sense in the film make sense when you read the books. I know so many people that get confused over Katniss’ feelings and emotions and that’s because they’re not properly shown in the films but they are in the books, just remember the films wouldn’t exist if the books didn’t so why would you avoid the thing that brought the films existence?

5/5 stars!

Other Books In The Trilogy: The Hunger Games (Book 1), Mockingjay (Book 3).

Other Books By The Author: When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Year Of The Jungle, The Underland Chronicles,

Other Information: Catching Fire was turned into Lionsgate film in 2013 starring Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutherson (Peeta), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Elizabeth Banks (Effie)… to see a trailer and for full details on the film click the link:

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