Becky’s Forty-Fifth Book Review: “The Hunger Games: Book Two, Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES AND ARE PLANNING ON IT!

The second book in “The Hunger Games” series went even quicker than the first book. I guess part of this is because that the first book gets the readers so attached to the characters. Book two picks up with Katniss and Peeta preparing to visit all of the districts to celebrate their victory—a cruel way for the Capitol to remind the people exactly who killed their children. Before the train ride begins that will take Katniss and Peeta to district eleven, President Snow visits Katniss and explains to her that she started something by refusing to play the games by the Capitol’s rules (when she pulls out the poison berries so that she and Peeta can die together). President Snow makes it clear that he will kill all of the people that she knows and loves if she doesn’t convince the world that the only reason that she did it was because she was so desperately in love that she couldn’t imagine life without Peeta. At this point, Katniss realizes that she will be playing the Capitol’s games for the rest of her life.

In a shocking turn of events, the 75th hunger games are announced with the special condition this year where the reaping will pick from the pool of those who have won the games in the past. Since Katniss is the only girl in the twelfth district to win the games she understands that the nightmare that she barely walked out of alive last year she will have to once again face. This all occurs in the first few chapters and things accelerate very quickly. I don’t want to give too much away because the book was a great read and I think that anyone would enjoy it. Collins definitely keeps her audience on her feet with different surprises around each corner. Some of the things that she imagines in this world that she has created are horrible and astounding at the same time.

Really good book—already I am well into the third book. I will more than likely finish it today. Yay for holiday weekends!!  

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