Catching Fire (Juvenile Fiction: by Suzanne Collins) c. 2009

Summary: (This is the 2nd book in the Hunger Games series; do not read this review if you have not finished the first book.) Katniss and Peeta, the tributes from District 12, beat the odds as competitors in the 74th Hunger Games. They, along with 22 other tributes between the ages of 12 and 18, were supposed to fight to the death for the Capital’s amusement until only one remained. A gamble, a small act of defiance, got both of them out alive. In the process, Katniss became a symbol for those chaffing under the totalitarian rule of the Capital. As the flames of dissent begin to sweep across Panem, Katniss must decide whether to join the rebels or to try to stamp out the dissent she has fueled. Either way, the cost may ultimately be more than she can bear.

Review: This isn’t as good as the first in the series, but that’s a high mark to hit. The second of three acts, which is invariably intended to throw the characters into the utmost peril to set up the conclusion, is always a challenging one for any author. Collins clearly knows where she wants the series to be by the final book, but hadn’t perhaps fully thought out the journey to get there. That said, Collins still does a better than average job of pulling the reader into the story, and you can’t read the epic finale until you finish this one.

Read-a-likes: See the read-a-likes here, for The Hunger Games.

Availability: The Lake Bluff Public Library owns this item as a book and an eAudiobook. Click here to check on the availability.

Review by Eric.

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