Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
(The Hunger Games, Book 2)

76%

22 Critic Reviews

Beyond the expert world building, the acute social commentary and the large cast of fully realized characters, there’s action, intrigue, romance and some amount of hope in a story readers will find completely engrossing.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
 

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Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
 
Published May 28, 2010 by Scholastic Press. 403 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Catching Fire
All: 22 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2009

Beyond the expert world building, the acute social commentary and the large cast of fully realized characters, there’s action, intrigue, romance and some amount of hope in a story readers will find completely engrossing.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Gabrielle Zevin on Oct 09 2009

Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by nellie999 on Nov 26 2014

I was gripped by this book all the way through, there was not a single moment where I was bored of the storyline...The final chapter was the most surprising, you would have never expected what was going to happen! This intriguing book had me glued to it until the last page! I would definitely recommend that you read it!

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Fantasy Manic on Sep 10 2012

The fast paced action, due to which 'The Hunger Games' received acclaim, is not seen anywhere except until the very end.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by The Pink Elephant on Jul 25 2012

The Hunger Games Trilogy is one of those rare series' that are not just character-driven, but also plot-driven.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Readr on Jul 16 2012

The thrills, fights and emotions she captured in the first book are so captivating that they cannot be repeated.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Pinkbookworm on Mar 24 2012

Unlike the first book, which I wasn't able to put down, there were certain parts of this book where I had to force myself to keep reading, and tell myself that the next chapter would be better. But it never was.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jun 22 2009

Forget Edward and Jacob: by book’s end (and it’s a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale?

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jia on Sep 14 2009

I was left feeling a little bewildered at the end of the book.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Feb 18 2012

Despite how many sophomore efforts in potential novel franchises tend to slump, I didn’t think ‘Catching’ was necessarily the Jan Brady to ‘Hunger’.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Ian Chipman on Mar 18 2014

Honestly, this book only needs to be good enough to satisfy its legions of fans. Fortunately, it’s great. And if you were dying to find out what happens after the last book, get ready for pure torture awaiting the next.

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Pajiba

Excellent
Reviewed by Llp on Sep 01 2012

It certainly left me desperate for the last in the series.

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Time Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Lev Grossman on Sep 07 2009

A killer cocktail of Logan's Run, Lord of the Flies, The Running Man, reality TV and the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

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New Kerala

Excellent
Reviewed by TINN on Sep 14 2012

This book . . . only improves upon the previous edition.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Farzana on Mar 19 2014

Catching Fire is an amazing book because of how Peeta and Katniss go to the Quarter Quell again and how they are trying to survive.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Lookhere94 on Sep 01 2012

If you liked the first, definitely buy this one.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by DreaH on Mar 18 2014

Catching Fire is one of the best sequels I have read in a long time. The determination and heart that Katniss possesses are inspiring.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Tanaya on Sep 01 2012

Suzanne Collins’ work was completely different and impressive from other novels I have read in the past.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Jillian on Sep 01 2012

Collins blends elements of action and drama along with romance and suspense to create a truly remarkable novel.

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SF Reviews

Below average
on Mar 20 2014

...by the time we're near the end, in what amounts to a lengthy rehash of the first book, it has no surprises for us. Even the cliffhanger ending feels inevitable.

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Daulton Books

Good
Reviewed by John on Oct 04 2012

It’s a fun, light, enjoyable read and a great follow up to the first one in the series.

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Shmoop

Good
Reviewed by Shmoop on Sep 01 2012

We bet that after you indulge in the delicious drama in Panem, you'll find that Katniss' story also has some interesting parallels to your life.

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