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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

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Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved, but now there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

As the nation watches Katniss and Peeta, the stakes are higher than ever. One false move and the consequences will be unimaginable.
Paperback, 472 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Scholastic (first published September 2009)
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Lara Lightwood She only wants to kiss Gale when he is in pain. When she kisses Peeta, she wants more. Its a new kind of hunger. I think thats the man she loves.…moreShe only wants to kiss Gale when he is in pain. When she kisses Peeta, she wants more. It´s a new kind of hunger. I think that´s the man she loves.(less)
Madi Betee meant that he could see a glimmer of light next to Plutarch, which Is an indication that there is a force field around the Gamemakers. Katniss…moreBetee meant that he could see a glimmer of light next to Plutarch, which Is an indication that there is a force field around the Gamemakers. Katniss explained why it was there by saying that she shot at an apple that was near them in the last Hunger Games.

I think that because Katniss knows that she did not convince Snow that she was in love with Peeta, she felt like she could be herself, and she knew that there could be an uprising. She and Peeta had gone through so much together that she had begun to care for him. So to answer your question, no, I think it was real.(less)
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This is most possibly the WORST (or best depending what you go on) cliffhanger I have encountered in all my reading days. It leaves you more than just hanging, you are grasping for your life on a thread that is fraying and there is nothing to do but hold on (well metaphorically of course).

One word that can sum up this book is intense . Everything is just felt more. The compassion, threats, action, betrayal, gestures, words all of it. This has to be the reason why it is so addictive. As expec
Sep 15, 2009 Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school social studies teachers (and everyone)
I went to see Inglourious Basterds a couple of times this past month, and there is that scene where Eli Roth and Omar Doom are in the theater, and they dress themselves up to look like waiters and then whip around the corner and kill the two Nazi guards to some funny Ennio Morriconi(ish?), spaghetti-western sounding music. And everybody in the theater laughs, and then the film cuts to Hitler laughing, watching a movie of a Nazi soldier killing Americans. It’s one of those great story-telling mom ...more
Khanh (the Grinch)
Binge reading? Me? Nah...


Ok, so to refresh the memory of recent events, I watched the final Hunger Games Saturday without a clue who the fuck any of those people are. I read Hunger Games #1 yesterday, and loved it. Now onto book 2.

Loved it too, is it any surprise? It's awesome! I actually know more and more people from the movie now!

So now that I've expressed my love for the book, allow me to rant. I HATE THE CASTING. Not all of it, of course, but Peeta, in particular. I'm sure Hutchers
I think I wouldn't be feeling quite so disappointed by this book if The Hunger Games hadn't been quite so close to perfect. But there it is. Must be hard to compete with yourself when you set the bar so high.

Where The Hunger Games is a tightly-plotted, fast-paced dystopian thriller heaped with romance and horror, this book is... well, a lot of the same. A WHOLE lot of the same plot. Redundantly similar at points, only slower moving and far less polished. Too much of the story is told rather tha

Well, kind of. No plot spoilers, just image spoilers.

Don't read on if you do not want to see images of the actors cast in the upcoming Hunger Games movies.

I am officially designating this review as my update central for casting on the Hunger Games. As new characters are cast, I will post the actor's pictures here along with the images I find that imitate how they might look as the character they will be playing.



The best photoshopped pic I
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Dec 01, 2015 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ash by: everyone breathing (especially Cara, Val, and Tori)
Shelves: favorites
Oh, snap. She DID NOT just do that. This is not a cliffhanger people, this is inhumane. Like hanging on for dear life by a spider web thin thread totally butt naked (you know that makes it worse)! It's so worth it though.

Quick overview: Catching Fire starts up not far from where The Hunger Games ended. Katniss is living in the Victors Village with her family. You'd think she could finally be able to relax and live the cushy life. Well that wouldn't make a good book. There are rumors of rebelli
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Apr 23, 2012 brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i'm gonna dangle some bait here:

catching fire is the sloppy follow-up to hunger games, which seems to have been written in the frenzied fever of the author's realization that she had a megahit on her hands. the pacing is way off, the plotting is mechanical, the characterization is lazy, and the 'game' section is just lame. and the big reaping twist at the mid-point? it just sits there. it just happens and we're rushed in, totally pushing aside anything genuinely interesting for the sake of plot
Catching Fire was one of my most anticipated books of 2009. I loved it's predecessor, The Hunger Games and was so hopeful for this intstallment. I wasn't disappointed per se, but it did fail to meet my expectations. Here's a few reasons why...

I don't know what it is with authors and their recent need to load up their books with a hundred or so pages of filler, but I really wish they would cut it out. There is lieterally about a hundred and some odd pages of this book that should have died on the
Nov 01, 2014 tee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers? Oh boy am I going to spoil the SHIT out of this for you! So I got bored about halfway through and because I was bored I started focusing on the irritating things.

So, Katniss asks a lot of fucking questions. This book should be titled Curious Katniss and the Game that she should play is "How long can Katniss go without asking a question before we blow her skull to smithereens?" Not very long! It'd be a really, really short booK and people like me would either rejoice, or be sad because
Mohammed Arabey
Apr 25, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الشـــراره التي اشعـــلت الثــوره
الاحداث ورسم الشراره التي اشعلات الثوره بهذا الجزء كانت رهيبه..تصاعد الامر كان مشابها لحد كبير لثوره مصر في 25 يناير 2011
وحتي ابرزها الفيلم في اعلانه المبدئي...عبقريه بحق في رسم الاحداث

كنت ارشح هذا الكتاب"الجزء الثاني بالاخص" كروايه ثوريه
بالغرم من ان الثوره كانت في خلفيه الاحداث بدءا من الجزء الاول
فاهل "بنما" المقهورين يعملون كعبيد للكابيتال..ويضحون بطفل وطفله في كل عام من كل مقاطعه ليقاتلوا بعضهم بعضا لامتاع اهل الكابيتال

و ليتذكروا ثورتهم التي "انخمدت"من 74 س
Update 6/9/12 ** some spoilers..** but if you haven't read this by now, shame on you. I know it's popular and over-saturated, but it's not Twilight...At all. Read it asap.

Re-reading the series because...I just want to, darn it. I bought the books for that reason, right?

It was for me, just as hang-on-to-your-hat as the first time. I should have put it down at 11 and went to bed, but no.

The first 2/3 of the book isn't exciting at all. But really, in this terrible dystopian world, I think things
Don’t you hate it when you accidentally start a political uprising?

Katniss survived the Hunger Games, but she’s inadvertently become a symbol of defiance that is inspiring some in the twelve Districts to begin pushing back against the despotic Capital. After President Snow threatens her family and friends, Katniss tries to put out the fire she stated, but her efforts only seem to encourage more dissent. Snow’s revenge is to pull her back into another round in the arena to shut her up once and fo
Kat Kennedy
Mar 24, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I've finished the book and all I can say is: wow!

Catching fire has broken my heart with the events that have unfolded and I am desperately holding out for more.

As usual, the writing is flawless, the characters beyond fantastic and the plot will leave you on the edge of your seat.

This is, hands down, my favourite series... Ever!
Natalie Monroe
Testing, testing... one, two, three. Okay, we're live with Cynical Natalie and Nice Natalie as they live-react to Catching Fire!

Before reading:

Nice Natalie: I hope it's as good as The Hunger Games.

Cynical Natalie: Eh, I'm not holding out much hope. The Hunger Games wasn't that good this time around. The pacing lagged in the middle and Katniss comes off bitchy sometimes. Catching Fire and Mockingjay didn't come close to the high it gave the first time we read it.

Katniss flashback of Gale:

Nice Nat
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Sep 16, 2009 karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
me and teen fiction are now irrevocably bound. what started as some kind of screamin jay hawkins voodoo spell and me helpless to resist has blossomed into something - a magical love like between a child and a vampire... okay, so i still refuse to read that one. but this series is just too good. it doesnt read like teen fiction at all. the characters are well drawn, there is great tension and imagination - i cant rate this highly enough. when i got to the end of the first one and saw "the end of ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
I'll keep this review short, mainly because I don't want to give out any spoilers. After all, I didn't read any before opening the book and I am glad I didn't, many events in the book caught me by a complete surprise and I loved it! "Catching Fire" is a sequel equal in quality to "Hunger Games." The writing is superb, action-packed, and emotional. It did lack the perfect pacing of the first book, the first half was a little slow and for some time I wasn't sure where it was going, but it picked u ...more
Dan Schwent
In the wake of The Hunger Games, insurrection brews, an insurrection Katniss has unknowingly become the symbol of. President Snow expresses his displeasure with Katniss in the only way he knows how. Can Katniss and the other victors of the Hunger Games survive the Quarter Quell?

Here we are, the middle book of the Hunger Games trilogy. In a lot of ways, it feels like a transitional book. In some others, it feels like a rehash of the first one.

I liked seeing how the Hunger Games changed the lives
Bookworm Sean
Feb 13, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book annoyed me so much. Not just because it was bad. No. But, because it made me want to storm through it to see what happened in the ending. I hated the effect it had on me because this books is terrible and not worthy of my enthralment. When I finished it, I looked back and realised how cheap the book was and how, essentially, it is the first book again. I hated the first book, and to have it repeated on myself again was frustrating and poor taste. Did I say cheap already? It was like th ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I think I'm probably the last person to finally get around reading this. The book has like 600 some five star reviews on amazon, the debate of Team Gale vs. Team Peeta reigns supreme on my twitter. It's the series that just won't go away.

And now I understand why.

I must admit, when I read the summary, I wasn't intrigued, when I saw the cover... still not intrigued, saw all the positive reviews still not.... went to ALA Chicago, where the coveted Catching Fire arcs flew off the table like million
Sep 13, 2010 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have met the Anti-Bella, and her name is Katniss Everdeen.

In Bella Swan, heroine of the Twilight Saga, a generation of young readers (and some old ones) were introduced to a new post-feminist role model. And many of them, upon being introduced, threw up a little bit in their mouths. It turns out an exaggerated look at life through painfully self-conscious eyes is, well, painful.

In contrast, Suzanne Collins, in the first two books of her Hunger Games trilogy, has crafted a self-conscious but si
Juliana Zapata
Oct 27, 2015 Juliana Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, re-read, 2015
Increíblemente y a pesar de ser mi libro favorito de la saga, solo lo había leído una vez. Esta relectura me ha encantado, e revivido momento y emociones como la primera vez. Sigue pareciéndome un libro maravilloso. (Segunda Lectura Octubre 2015)

"The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol's plans. The symbol of the rebellion."

After winning the 74th annual Hunger Games through very special circumstances, Katniss Everdeen returns to the poverty of District 12, only now she gets to live a comfortable life with her family in the luxurious houses reserved for victors. But everything changes when the Victory Tour begins. Thr
Will Byrnes
Dec 03, 2013 Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sparks fly in the second volume of Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. Victory in the 74th games has not been all that sweet for surprise double-victors Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. And it is extremely sour for the reigning government. Katniss had shown them up big time when she publicly defied the gamemasters to keep from having to kill Peeta, an act of sedition as much as it was an act of courage and honor. President Snow burns with rage at Katniss for show ...more
Shannon (leaninglights)
GAHHHHH. This book. I am SO HAPPY I decided to reread this series before the final movie comes out. So much happened in this one and when I saw the movie originally I thought it was a SPOT ON adaptation but they did actually change a few things and leave out some world-building stuff. Makes sense for a movie but I'm glad to have reread it and pulled it back into my mind. These books are phenomenal. Just brilliant.
Nov 03, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YOU! and you, and you too. EVERYONE
I’ve had the good luck of reading a lot of really good books in my life. But few have stayed with me like Catching Fire has. If the first book makes you wonder yourself, the second completely changes your mind; it is no longer just about us, the poor Districts and them, the horrible Capitol. Not just about a girl wanting to survive, but a young honorable thinking among despair that nobody saw coming and by mean, no one knew how to deal with. And while the first one was a more survival book both ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
Reread with all the crazies who can't stop fighting in the Games.

Now someone tells me who this Gale guy is and why should I care for him. HUH?

Pretty accurate in my case.
Trilogies, whether they're books or films, are always tricky to pull off because they so often fall into the same basic pattern: Part 1 introduces us to the characters and the conflict, then gives us a simplified version of the Big Climactic Ending that's being planned for Part 3. Part 2 might introduce some new twist or conflict, but mostly its job is to set up Part 3. Part 3 is where everything pays off and the trilogy ends in either a brilliant blaze of glory, or a godawful mess. (see: Godfat ...more
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Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy 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. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little B
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