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Catching Fire

(The Hunger Games #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,231,676 ratings  ·  92,091 reviews
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, 480 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
Meredith Holley
Feb 06, 2009 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, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
(A-) 82% | Very Good
Notes: It's about futility, and dealing with the unintentional effects of compliance, pretense, decency, altruism, and kissing.
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
Will Byrnes
Nov 17, 2013 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

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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Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this book is much more than a step up from the first book. I thought the first book was ok at best but this book it better on an epic scale. If you are reading this I am assuming you have read the first book.

Katniss & Peeta Controversially win the 74th Hunger games. Controversially because there is only supposed to be one winner of the games, but these two choose to kill themselves rather than kill each other. This act of defiance is the spark for a revolution. The evil Preside
Jun 12, 2009 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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despite the inherent restrictions of living in a YA novel, Katniss is a remarkably well-develop
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
One taught me love. One taught me pain.
Apr 23, 2012 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
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Aug 12, 2011 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
Chelsea Humphrey
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Another enjoyable entry in the Hunger Games Saga! Soon I can pretend that I didn't wait forever to read these because I'll have flown through. Full review to come.
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
Every so often, I select a Young Adult book to read. After I read the Hunger Games, I had to finish the trilogy... I mean, how could you not, right?

Let's back up a bit... I love challenges. I am totally in my element watching serial killers on TV shows. (Umm... I didn't mean that in a sociopath-kinda way... I just mean the thrill of trying to guess who the killer is and who's gonna go next is the fun part... make believe... not real... I'm honestly not a serial killer... wait wouldn't a serial k
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
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Kat Kennedy
Feb 17, 2010 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!
Sep 15, 2009 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
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
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hunger Games trilogy continues with Catching Fire. This is a book that was hard to put down.

I nibbled at it for a few days because I was busy with other things but once the weekend came, I did little else until it was finished. Taking up where The Hunger Games left off, author Collins continues using the first person, present tense narrative but the story is expanded as Katniss gets to see more of the behind the scenes action in other districts and in the Capital.

Excellent characterization
Apr 30, 2009 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
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“My nightmares are usually about losing you. I'm okay once I realize you're here.”

Catching Fire is the best of the series even though I re-read it this time, I still insist that it's such a gut-wrenching story to read. What happens in CF is beyond cruelty, Katniss is not supposed to return to the nightmare she once escaped. I pitited her so much from the start; I could sense something deep inside her heart waiting to crumble. The story had dragged me along until the end and I was satisfied by
Elise (TheBookishActress)
this book had no right to go so hard, but it did, and we’re just going to have to live with that

initial review from like 2015:
The parallels to our own society are so amazingly drawn, and the worldbuilding so good, that I'm not surprised this book was the one that broke through the market.

As the love triangle is built up, I was always impressed by how well-balanced it is. It's not the focus of the book.

Katniss Everdeen is one of the best developed, most intriguing protagonists ever writt
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
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
This was just as much fun the second time around! Easily my favorite installment in this series.

But now all I have left is The Mockingjay & I distinctly remember my disappointment in the finale.

*grimaces as ominous music plays*


Buddy read this with Chelsea & Wren! 🙌🏽💕
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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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