“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.”
Synopsis From Book Jacket:
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Petta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create unintentionally.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
Catching Fire goes straight into the story and I feel immersed once again in the dystopian world of Panem. Suzanne Collins weaved a more cruel world in this book. The story is now even more tragic as Katniss and Peeta are faced with even more challenges and difficult choices. The stakes are higher, it is not just about teenagers trying to kill each other in order to survive. If you thought the government of Panem was cruel in The Hunger Games, in this book you’ll discover just how truly brutal they are and how far they are willing to go to keep in control.
The two major characters were at it’s best once again. This book makes me more care about them so much, and when I care about the characters their world is worth delving no matter what. Katniss is as compelling as she is like in book one. She is a genuine character – full of flaws but full of virtues as well. She was just as brave and just as wary as before. Her uncertainty makes her endearing and more interesting. Peeta is as determined as he is. It is clear how he will do anything to protect Katniss whether it cost him forever pain or even his own life. He became more firmly established as an honorable person in this book. Katniss is right when she said that Peeta can sway people with his words. Peeta is emotionally strong, has commendable principles, has that charisma and wit that ignites people emotions; for sure he would shape up to be a fine leader after the revolution. That’s why I like Peeta for Katniss. They are total opposite but they complements each other. He’s strong where she’s weak and vice versa. And really, there is just nothing to not like and admire in Peeta. This pair simply took my heart, it’s hard not to care about them. I enjoy their stubbornness and determination too and I love being surprised by the sacrifices they are willing to make.
Haymitch becomes more than just a drunkard in here. Suprisingly his character holds a major part in the revolution. Cinna, Katniss’s stylist during the games, has his own brand of rebellion too. He is one of best example of how people of Panem took courage to stand and finally fight the government. Gale is still a mystery but the love triangle between him, Katniss and Peeta become more distinct.
This book is fun and engaging. The pacing is perfect, action packed, full of twist and turns. The characters are dealing with intricate layers of conflicts from personal relationships to political issues. When I learned that Katniss is going to the arena again, I felt the pain. But then I know Peeta will do everything to protect her. I anticipate how they will turn the odds again in their favor. But I did not imagine the big escape from the arena. Collins certainly brings back again the arena to life.
Catching Fire ends in a way that make you want to drive right into the last book, which I actually did. This book is an exciting continuation of the series, it is engaging and entertaining. The thought provoking parallels between Hunger Games and our world sink even deeper to senses.