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Catching On Fire

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3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Visions of a horrific, dystopian future have been tattooed on Rachel's brain for as long as she can remember. She believes the strange symbols attached to those visions are the key to avoiding that future. When she discovers someone else shares the same visions, she dedicates herself to finding other seers and unlocking the mystery of the symbols. Her quest grows in ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published May 12th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published April 18th 2012)
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Rachel
Mar 19, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Julie
Mar 23, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
*Received a free copy through Goodreads*

This book is not the type of book I usually read. I enjoy reading it and I am looking forward to the follow-up! Was kind of disappointed to be left hanging so much at the end though.

Catching on Fire is about people who see certain images which are referred to as Glyphs. Only certain people see these images and the book is trying to get the people that do to help to solve what the meaning of the glphys is. Their is romance and mystery in the story. I found
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~reader~
May 30, 2012 ~reader~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dystopia is a new found love of mine and this is another winner. I loved that this book covered all of the major points from romance to mystery. The concept of the seers is very cool and well done. Two thumbs up from me.
Anne
Apr 29, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Interesting lead character. Suspenseful. Great dialogue. Could have used a sultry sex scene. I'm on team Amir!
Theresa
Jul 28, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems so real. A true page-turner, but I'm biased.
Gdt
May 14, 2013 Gdt rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This review has been removed due to Amazon's purchase of Goodreads.
Bethany
Jul 26, 2014 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have a soft spot for self-published books. The task of producing and selling a book without the aid of professional editors and publishers is monumental, and with that in mind I applaud any author who is able to complete the task. Sue Knott’s story is interesting, unique, and has me curious about the explanation for the book’s events. Her lead character was generally likable and often the droll, slightly sardonic humor made me laugh.

Rachel’s first law of paranoia: Just because you think every
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Susana
Feb 17, 2013 Susana rated it really liked it
This is the story of Rachel, or Rae, who lives a quite ordinary life until she discovers that she may have the key to a secret that can save humanity. This is not a very original premise, but the story develops into a quite interesting one. Well written and fast paced, we are drawn into Rae's efforts to fill out and decode what she calls the "Glyphs", a series of signs which she believes hold the secret to avoid the world's rush towards a catastrophic climatic change. In her efforts, she finds ...more
Jennifer McLean
Jan 18, 2013 Jennifer McLean rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually without adequate words but I'm feeling a bit that way about this book because I LOVED it that much. I think I'm kind of difficult to impress. I read voraciously and have high expectations for any book that I'm going to give my time to. This book was so well worth the hours I spent reading it, in fact I was bereft when it ended. I wanted more, more of the characters, more of the story, I wanted to know what comes next. That's a rare thing for me to find in an author. In the weeks ...more
Ashley
Mar 05, 2015 Ashley rated it did not like it
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. Aaaaaand I made it to page 61. I just can't continue. I've tried and tried to give this book a chance but I groaned every time I picked it up. It's painfully boring and the punctuation mistakes are frequent. The author overuses parentheses and ellipses to the point where I just want to tear the page into shreds out of frustration. Where most writers would insert a scene or section break, this author puts in entirely new chapters, some not even ...more
Veronica
Jan 25, 2013 Veronica rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this from Goodreads as a first reads.

I was intrigued by the premise of this novel and found it interesting enough to keep reading.

Rachel was born with "Glyphs" imprinted on her mind and thought she was the only one until one fateful night she meets Jim. They think what they share is actually a map on how to heal the world. Little did they know that they weren't the only ones.

Ms. Knott has a potential best seller on her hands, with a bit more work on a clearer storyline and better prose.
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Lozzie
Mar 24, 2013 Lozzie rated it it was ok
I received this book in a giveaway, and found it quite entertaining in a superficial, basic kind of way. The main character is one of those reluctant, average style protagonists who appear to fall into 'complex' situations with a number of attractive men and in this case, orphaned children as well. The concept of glyphs is strangely introduced and doesn't seem to make a lot of sense except to make me feel that the author is propagating her own, original creationist theory. While a novel concept ...more
Alexandra
Apr 16, 2013 Alexandra rated it liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review .

I liked this book because it's my type of reading and really enjoy dystopian novels. The beginning of the book was something that made me think it was a different book that I would enjoy reading. I found myself attracted to this world, but Rachels's complex with her boobs annoyed me at some point and took my mind away in some paragraphs because I was wondering if in the next words she will complain again about her boobs.
On the other I love
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Heather
All through this book I kept thinking "really". It's kind of far fetched and extreme. It starts out with a young woman who sees symbols in her head. Then she runs into a guy who sees the same symbols. Then in the next second they are setting up anonymous web cites and doing everything super covert so there is no trace back to them to get these symbols or Glyphs online to see if other people have seen them. Then he can't take the 'heat' and she meets a middle eastern guy that wants to financial ...more
Viviana
May 12, 2015 Viviana rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. If someone were to asked me to describe this book in one sentence it would be: One of the best book I have read.I love how the author makes us care about the characters like they were real. I laughed, cried, and loved when the characters did. Catching on Fire is an engaging and amazing story of mystery and romance. I wish I could know what the characters are doing now, hopefully there would be a sequel.I love how the author kept me intrigue that I wasn't able to put ...more
Andrea
Jan 24, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
*Received a free copy through Goodreads*

This book is not the usual type that I go for, but I did enjoy reading it, and I am looking forward to the follow-up!

Catching on Fire starts out with Rachel and her bff being rescued by Jim after 2 guys followed them out of the bar. Rachel offers Jim a bite to eat at a local burger joint, which he accepts, after they eat Rachel takes out her pad of paper to take down Jim info when he notices her doodles, and he then shows her his drawings, which are almost
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Abigail
Jan 20, 2014 Abigail rated it it was amazing
I got to read this due to the amazing Sue Knott whom which I won this book. I will admit I was a little weary of reading this book because I am a fan of young adult books and the oldest character I have ever read about was 18 and the main character of this book is 24. I was pleasantly surprised, the main character had all the main traits of the characters I so dearly love. I started this book and it took a little while to get into the book but after I did I could not stop reading! All the ...more
Asuka0278
Sep 20, 2013 Asuka0278 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the concept of the glyphs and the whole idea made me wish I could see them! I liked the main character and I have to admit was especially drawn to her because she goes by Rae. I have a sentimental tie to that name. ;) I also enjoyed her personality and totally understood her issues with being a busty girl. I myself happen to be well endowed and I've been there done that so I could completely relate to her. I liked the non-relationship dynamics that occurred; ...more
Mallory
Apr 23, 2014 Mallory rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair review. Thank you!!

There are plenty of summaries on here, so I will just say that I liked this book from the first page. It actually made me laugh out loud right off the bat which is always a good sign. The story was believable, and Rachel was very relatable. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series; I just wish this book had a better cover - it deserves a good one!

P.S. I enjoyed reading that the author once lived i
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Cat
Jun 07, 2013 Cat rated it liked it
As usual, I didn't read the description of the book before downloading.

The book's focus was unusual (for me) and interesting. There's not a whole lot of romance, just a lot of conspiracy theories, secrets and paranoia.

Overall, the book was pretty good and the intrigue factor stayed throughout the entire storyline. I do wish there was more to it though; pictures, diagrams, phrases...just something more.

I'm writing this review a few days late, and unfortunately a lot of what I wanted to say has be
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Shannon
Jan 08, 2013 Shannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Received as a first reads give away.
The structure of the writing was an obstacle to what was otherwise a worthy plot. Usually I finish a book all in one go; it took several attempts to make it through.
First person can be really clunky.
I would suggest that the author consider changing point of view for the sequel novels, as I would love to try reading again. If not, need to try to find a way to rephrase so that the sentences are not all (or mostly) starting with "I".
Paddy O'callaghan
Jan 10, 2013 Paddy O'callaghan rated it it was amazing



There are so many authors producing opera on dystopian future world at the moment, due to the bleak outlook we all seem to have for the world at the moment. Novels of this genre really need to stand out in order to get noticed. Catching On Fire does. It'll be remembered.
Marilyn
Apr 06, 2013 Marilyn rated it liked it
I received this book through a giveaway and was skeptical at first. The book wasn't bad and I was able it finish it with ease, but it wasn't anything special. I would recommend this book to anyone who just needs something to read but if you do end up liking it then there is suppose to be a sequel.
Janelle
Dec 20, 2013 Janelle rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this since it was unique, very different. Left hanging at the end though. Looking forward to the next one to find out what happens.
David Chittenden
Aug 23, 2013 David Chittenden rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the snarky nature of the protagonist. A good read.
Abby Herondale(Lightwood)(Lewis)(Eaton)(Waters)(Woods)(
Good book! I highly recommend it. I got this as a Giveaway and I can't wait to get more.
Neha Verma
Jun 06, 2012 Neha Verma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly said by Rachel in Sue Knott’s “Catching on Fire”, “Everything bad has some good to it and everything good has some bad to it”. Special abilities can be a gift and a curse at the same time. When Protagonist Rachel Shannon is rescued by a cute, attractive guy Jim at a bar; she realizes that they both share something mutual; a vision which shows images of mankind being destroyed by the nature. She prepares herself to interpret the meanings of these strange visions and sets on a venture to ...more
Cosmin
Mar 04, 2013 Cosmin rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-read
I'm going to start this review off by saying I'm probably not the demographic this book is intended for.
I found this book to be a bit weak for the reasons I was reading it. I was hoping to get more of a feel of the central plot of the book but it was very clouded, and not very well explained. It seemed that the author was more interested on telling the story of the main character's life more than the plot, adding trivial and very unimportant details.
There was no mystery to the book, but it wa
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LaDawn
Just couldn't find it believable enough. Do give it points for originality, though.
Oh, but I almost quit reading in the first couple of chapters: instalove and a love triangle!
Ted
Feb 01, 2013 Ted marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
"*** I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads ***
** The Giveaway was Listed By Sue **
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THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRST READS AND Sue! "
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Sue Knott has been writing professionally for more years than she cares to admit. She enjoys writing parodies as they make her laugh while she's writing. However, she also enjoys writing fiction, especially romance and stories that imagine the future.

Sue is the doting mother of a teen son and the long-suffering wife of an equally long-suffering (but much crankier) husband. She has also been "mom"
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