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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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May 17, 2012

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** spoiler alert ** The second installment of Suzanne Colin's series The Hunger Games has thickened the already enthrallingly morbid plot and taken it to new heights. As the tensions rise for Katniss Everdeen, the stakes only get higher when she is threatened by President Snow himself, who promises certain doom for her and all she loves if she does not comply to his wishes.

Throughout the course of this book we get an inside look to how the districts cultures differ from each other, yet how they are connected through one thought: rebellion. Katniss has unwittingly sparked a revolution that will tear the country of Panem apart as it did 75 years ago. The suspense only builds with her complicated feelings for Peeta and Gale thrown into the politcal mix. The heat and drama intensify until everything (literally) catches flame.

A suspenseful work, Catching Fire is a novel impossible to put down until coming to the last page. The eerie similarities to today's entertainment culture and that of Panem's futuristic, sci-fi sadism will make anyone's skin crawl. The use of comparing how people are tied to material goods is Colin's way of showing us that the Capitol is not much different from how we live our lives on a daily basis while the rest of the world suffers from hunger and disease.

With lovable allies and spiteful enemies, this novel is ideal for a weekend read and will ensare any young (or even old) reader, wanting them begging for more and questioning themselves as to whether they'd be courageous enough to face political and civil turmoil head-on as Katniss does; for if the world was to be suddenly tossed into chaos, and the balance of freedom rested upon your shoulders, would you take it up and fight or do nothing at all?
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