Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2)
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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  1,277,802 ratings  ·  75,709 reviews
Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy.

FORMAT: 9 CDs, Unabridged
NARRATOR: Carolyn McCormick


Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy....more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Scholastic Audio Books
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Cara
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...more
Sparrow
Sep 15, 2009 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Maxy
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Emily
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...more
Lyndsey
Warning!! SPOILERS AHEAD...

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.

LATEST UPDATES ON CASTING

WOWZA!

The best photoshopped pic I...more
Sophie
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Ash
Mar 21, 2010 Ash rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ash by: everyone breathing (especially Cara, Val, and Tori)
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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 that she'd finally be able to relax and live the cushy life. Well that wouldn't make a good book. There are rumors of rebell...more
mark monday
and now let's play the wildly popular RPG

ADVANCED HUNGER & GAMES 2.0: CATCHING FIRE EDITION

Our Players

Katniss

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HIT POINTS: 25
ALIGNMENT: Chaotic Good
SYMBOL: Middle Finger
STRENGTH: 15
INTELLIGENCE: 10
WISDOM: 5
DEXTERITY: 20
CONSTITUTION: 15
CHARISMA: 25
FIGHTER: 10th Level Archer
ASSASSIN: 9th Level Assassin
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Resentful Attitude
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Defensive Attitude

SUMMARY OF PLAYER SKILLS:

despite the inherent restrictions of living in a YA novel, Katniss is a remarkably well-developed...more
brian
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...more
Heather
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...more
Wendy
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...more
tee
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, started focusing on the irritating things. Which is what I do with most things in my life. You don't want to be my friend. I had more fun putting together this fine review than I did reading the first half of Catching Gonorrhoea. I actually read this on my phone which made it really easy to take notes throughout. I also did some word and phrase searches to help make my...more
karen
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
Kat Kennedy
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!
Kira
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Kemper
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...more
Kristi (The Story Siren)
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...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...more
Tatiana
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
Mohammed Arabey
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
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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
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Will Byrnes
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
James
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...more
Nikki
[Advance Reading Copy:]
My absolute favorite quote comes from Haymitch: "So it's you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans." With all the tension, I burst out laughing when I read that.

I loved and was frustrated by this book at the same time. The story and character development, for the second book in the triology, is perfect. I love where Collins takes it and where it's heading for the third installment. But the first half of the book I was frustrate...more
Madeline
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
Harper
Oh, man, where to begin? The cliffhanger at the end of this book was totally brutal.

I know that some people think using a cliffhanger is “cheating,” or lazy writing, or just some kind of marketing ploy. Some people may think that the payoff is never worth all of the angst/tension a cliffhanger might cause, or that a cliffhanger is somehow tantamount to a betrayal of trust by the author just to keep readers hooked. Overall, I don’t mind them. In a scenario like this, where I know that these books...more
Eh?Eh!
With 97 holds on 53 copies of this book in my local library system and just 6 days before the release of #3, I was kicking myself for waiting so long to pick up this series. Oops. But then...DID I KNOW THE AUDIOBOOK COULD BE DOWNLOADED OFF THE LIBRARY WEBSITE NO BUT NOW I DO AND YAAAAAYYYYYY!!!

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My first audiobook and I'm disappointed, with the audio and the book.

Book - #1 in the series presented Katniss as a kicka** heroine, strong, resourceful, no nonsense, smart, and practical about...more
Kasia
Catching Fire delivers just like The Hunger Games did. It gets this insane energy, especially at the very end, delivering kicks and punches right and left. Yeah. It does not disappoint for sure. I mean, I was so high on adrenaline that upon finishing it up last night I had to stay awake for additional 2 hours loitering around the house, trying to calm myself down a little. But that's a tiny price for such an entertaining read.

But I wouldn't say it was better than Hunger Games - just like one Har...more
Greg
Preface to the review, written a day later.

I think I agree with Karen, I did make this book sound shitty by this review, and that wasn't my intention. What is shitty is the dumbness some parts of our society that reduce everything to the weekly covers of celebrity gossip magazines, and find more interest in who is sticking it into, or getting it stuck into them by who. The whole love triangle thing is so little of a part of the book, there are so many other pretty cool things going on. I might...more
Emma
Things I read instead of finishing Catching Fire.....

A paper
Goodreads review
A magazine
Another paper
Another goodreads review
Wikipedia Entry for Jean Cocteau
Another goodreads review
Another paper
Blog entry ‘How I managed to get kicked out of Jersey (UK)’. Oh my fair Isle, how I love your red tape
Goodreads review
Bloomsbury budget edition tax tables 2012/13 (I was posted a free copy and got a bit over excited)

Anyhoo. My point being, all of the above was infinitely more interesting than catching fir...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I've decided to give this book 4 stars.... It was a close thing. There are times, a great many of them actually, when I really just don't like Katniss. But to be fair, I believe that's how Ms. Collins wrote her. This is a well written book. It starts a bit slowly with some relatively extensive recapping but "it" finally does get into the story and moves right along. I found that I needed to keep reminding myself, "this is a 16 year old girl"... I'm not a "YA", but this is a YA book.

As the book o...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...more
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