Review: “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

Katniss and Peeta have done the unthinkable, something that was never done before – they both survived the Hunger Games. After they return home, nothing is as Katniss would have wanted. There are rumours of rebellious activities going on in the districts following the victor’s actions in the arena and President Snow is ready to hold Katniss responsible, unless… 

During the Victory Tour, where the most recent victors visit district by district before travelling to Capitol for festivities, Katniss and Peeta must convince the nation that they’re in love and everything that happened in the arena was a representation of it, not a rebellious act. If they fail to do so, the consequences will be dire, not only for them and the ones they love, but potentially for all the citizens of Panem.

I don’t think it comes as a surprise that winning the Hunger Games doesn’t deliver what was promise to Katniss. No peace and glory awaits her as her fight is still continuing, even outside of the arena. 

You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know.

Peeta is to me a character who has always known who he is and what needs to get done. On the other hand, even though our girl on fire has learned a thing or two, she is still as lost as ever. The two of them make a nice combination. 

I actually find it hard to say anything about this book, without giving it all away, so many important things have happened. The new characters are that get introduced are well-thought out and of clear importance. Particularly Finnick, who didn’t spark my interest at first, has become someone I was looking forward to see more of in the story.

You’ve got to go through it to get to the end of it.

Catching fire he done something that not a lot of sequels do, it has surpassed its previous instalment. The plot of this novel was so immersive and imaginative, it was a pleasure to read, I jumped right into the third book afterwards.

It is refreshing to read a young adult novel discussing and touching on so many difficult topics. Whether it is done well or not is up for discussion, yet the fact remains that it is desirable to even just place that spark in young people’s mind.

I have recently also watched the Hunger Games movies, only after finishing the relevant books, and I thought it would be a fun idea to write a post summarises the similarities and differences between the two, and how the adaptation compares in general. Would that be something you’d be interested in reading? Let me know down in the comment section!

Thank you for reading this review and until next time, Dream on, Dreamers! 

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