Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
(The Second Book of the Hunger Games)

77%

49 Critic Reviews

There is definitely more of a sense of unity among the victors of all people, and the feel of a pre-war spark and the sense of hope that follows these uprisings. I would recommend this entire series to anyone and would give this book a 10/10.
-Guardian

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: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Catching Fire
All: 49 | Positive: 39 | Negative: 10

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 22 2009

Characters from the previous volume reappear to good effect...Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine. 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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NY Times

Good
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 acornsized on Aug 09 2014

There is definitely more of a sense of unity among the victors of all people, and the feel of a pre-war spark and the sense of hope that follows these uprisings. I would recommend this entire series to anyone and would give this book a 10/10.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by ABitCrazy on Dec 03 2013

I LOVE THIS BOOK! This is definitely the best one by far! It gets dull for just a bit and then something so extreme happens you forget that it was ever boring!

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by FANTASY MANIAC on Sep 10 2012

The part where this book excels over 'The Hunger Game's is the fast paced action and electrifying moments that come in the last part of the book, yes you heard correct, THE LAST PART. Suzanne did an excellent job in making the horrors of the Hunger games arena...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by ThePinkElephant on Jul 25 2012

Again, Collins has created an empowering atmosphere in this novel, and her words trapped me between the pages, craving more.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Readr on Jul 16 2012

I don't think what Suzanne Collins did is good or bad but 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

Collins set herself such a high standard with Hunger Games 1, but failed to meet that standard with Catching Fire.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Feb 11 2010

...it succeeds in keeping the story arc high and interesting. Furthermore, it is independent enough for a new reader to pick it up without feeling too lost.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Emily Annis on Mar 27 2012

...characters will grow on you in that haunting way that only great authors are able to achieve. Catching Fire makes The Hunger Games look tame and is well worth the read.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Christina Durner on Feb 13 2012

Catching Fire is a sensational novel. It was perfectly executed and the ideal follow up to The Hunger Games. With new and old characters making appearances, new settings, and a whole new twist on the games, this novel is intriguing, engaging, and imaginative.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Cassandra Yorgey on Jun 24 2009

It's not easy to raise the stakes for characters after setting the standard in The Hunger Games, but Collins does it well.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Aug 28 2009

The author describes her wearing a series of Cher-worthy costumes in which she confronts poisonous mists, deranged monkeys...baubles randomly affixed to a story that's been stretched to gossamer thinness.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts on Sep 01 2009

This is a masterful journey of terror, love and loss. Bravo, Ms. Collins! You have written an absolutely brilliant sequel

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About.com

Above average

...Catching Fire is a fun and compelling read, a second book designed, with building tension and a cliffhanger ending, to get the reader seamlessly from book one to book three where, well - we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Nights and Weekends

Good
Reviewed by Kristin Dreyer Kramer on May 18 2014

No matter what your expectations for Catching Fire may be, this second book in the Hunger Games series is guaranteed to surprise you. And once you’ve followed the fast-moving tale to its riveting conclusion, you’ll be eager to pick up the final book in the series...

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Kidz World

Excellent
Reviewed by KidzWorld on Nov 10 2009

Catching Fire builds on the drama and barbarism of The Hunger Games. It’s more exciting, more intense, and the evolving relationships are more intriguing. This series is amazing.

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The Celebrity Cafe

Good
Reviewed by Martha Espinoza on Jan 27 2013

Drenched in action, twisted with psychological tension and gently agitated with a hint of love poisoning, Catching Fire is simply a must read.

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http://childrensbooks.about.com

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Kendall on May 18 2014

Collins excels at writing quick moving and emotion filled action sequences that are filled with unpredictability. A nail biting cliffhanger and Gale’s shocking revelation to Katniss will have readers scrambling for Mockingjay, the final book in this highly popular series.

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Central Michigan Life

Excellent
on Nov 05 2012

This novel will not only have you rooting for your favorite tributes until the very end, but also have you feeling as if you are in the middle of the games fighting right next to them.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
on May 25 2014

People who love suspense and action will love this book. I would give this book 5/5 stars because, this series is great I love the books with action and suspense the cliffhangers, this book deserves 5 stars.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by ReDhAwK on May 24 2014

The book is very suspenseful. The new arena idea is very cool. Her idea of where they start is very unique. The outfits she comes up with are really cool. It is really cool.

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Teen Ink

Above average
on May 20 2014

...Catching Fire is a really good book and I think people would enjoy the book more than the movie. If you want you can read all three.

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Yahoo! Voices

Below average
Reviewed by M. Reynard on Mar 12 2012

My biggest complaint about this book would be the pacing...it is just mainly filler. Instead of taking an in-depth look at the different colonies they tour, more time is spent on Katniss' wardrobe...It was good to get more background but after Hunger Games I expected much much more from this book.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Colton Sleister on Nov 07 2010

I really liked it. The 1st book is a little better in my opinion. It is good for anybody age 12 and up.

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Tera L Montgomery, Ph.D. on Sep 01 2010

The best aspects of the first book in the trilogy are still in existence. We still have a bird's eye view of Katniss' world because of the first-person writing. However, because Katniss is forced to look at herself differently and interact with people in more diverse roles, we get to see Katniss from a broader perspective.

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Devourer of Books

Above average
on Sep 02 2009

The ‘cliffhanger’ ending didn’t surprise me, other than the fact that it isn’t a traditional cliffhanger in my opinion, but none of that stopped me from wanting desperately to find out what is going to happen next.

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The Book Smugglers

Good
Reviewed by Thea on Sep 01 2009

Catching Fire not only lives up to the hype of The Hunger Games – it manages to surpass expectations. This is a series that will be embraced by young and old readers alike, and will have fans on tenterhooks waiting for the final volume in the trilogy.

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Feeling Fictional

Good
on Dec 08 2013

The last few chapters of Catching Fire were intense and they have left me desperate to know how the series concludes.

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Fantasy Faction

Good
on Apr 12 2011

This book did not fail to capture my interest from the beginning. And with the cliffhanger at the end of the last chapter, I will be beginning Mockingjay straight away. My desire for Katniss to win out over the Capitol has grown to a fever pitch...

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The Founding Fields

Below average
Reviewed by Bane Of Kings on Apr 15 2012

She manages to write a gripping story, and that’s what’s kept me going. Whilst it may not be as memorable or as epic as The Hunger Games, Catching Fire does hold its own, although only just. I really hope that Mockingjay leaves me satisfied...

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The Lit B***h

Above average
on Jan 20 2012

Overall the book was good, not in the same ways as Book I, but it is a necessary installment to the trilogy…now the buildup for the ending is complete…Book II fulfilled the necessary buildup and excitement needed.

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Guys Lit Wire

Good
Reviewed by swolk on Aug 27 2009

There is no doubt what you should do: read this book! Enjoy it. Run with Katniss. But don’t expect to match The Hunger Games. Is that okay? You decide.

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Reading In Winter

Good
Reviewed by Kristilyn on Mar 16 2012

Catching Fire is action packed, a page-turner right from the start. I couldn’t believe what was happening as I was reading it, couldn’t believe how cruel the Capital could be. The characters are fleshed out even more in this book...

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The Speculative Scotsman

Above average
Reviewed by Niall Alexander on Sep 15 2010

Catching Fire is far from the equal of The Hunger Games, though it means, I suspect, to be exactly that. Notwithstanding a few minor additions, it's more of the same... the same good thing. And that's fine.

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Kidsmomo

Excellent
Reviewed by You(th on Dec 19 2014

Katniss and Petta thought their lives where back to normal. But one year later they are thrown into something even more deadly than the hunger games. A hunger games with people that have already won it... I hope you enjoy this book I know I did.

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The Wertzone

Above average
Reviewed by Adam Whitehead on May 19 2011

...the plot feels set-up ahead of time and both the reader and the characters are along for the ride. Catching Fire...is a drop down in quality from The Hunger Games, but still an enjoyable and entertaining novel.

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Book Coasters

Good
Reviewed by Sam on Mar 09 2012

Suzanne Collins is a superb writer and provides a cliff-hanger at nearly every chapters end. Her books are full of fast-paced action, surprising twists, spontaneous moments and unpredictable outcomes.

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Cuddle Buggery Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Archer on Jul 22 2012

I really, really enjoyed the set up of this book, much the same way as I did the setting up of the first of this trilogy. I feel cheated. I feel wronged. And I’m not angry about that. Rather, I’m those words that no child wants to hear from their mother… I am very disappointed.

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Jen Robinson's Book Page

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on Jun 02 2009

Yes, Catching Fire is worth the wait. It is fabulous. It is compelling and intriguing. I didn't find a single page that dragged. Several twists took me by surprise. I read the last two chapters twice, in rapid succession, and I'm thinking about re-reading the whole thing...

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The Cyberlibrarian Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Miriam Downey on Jan 05 2014

...exceeded my expectations. Katniss Everdeen is such an interesting, original character. She is not a caricature or a superhero, which is what I like the most about her.

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Parental Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Andria on May 25 2014

I LOVE THESE BOOKS!! Suzanne Collins is a fantastic writer! I can't wait for the next book to come out!!

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Above average
on May 18 2014

Books such as, Catching Fire that are part of a trilogy are great for middle and high school students because it will keep them reading.

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Above average
Reviewed by Olga J on Sep 16 2012

...Catching Fire ended on a cliffhanger that left me staring at the page with my brain barely able to process what happened and doing the equivalent of the "Wait, what?!?!" stutter. I actually had to re-read the last few pages before things snapped into place in my mind.

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Below average
Reviewed by Eric Wilson on Sep 10 2009

I am a huge fan of this series, and will be first in line to get book three. Nevertheless, both my daughter and I agreed that Catching Fire took a little longer to catch fire than we expected. It’s a good second effort, but I can only hope the third book fulfills all the promises and tragedy hinted at in The Hunger Games.

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Short & Sweet Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Van Pham on Nov 20 2013

Overall I really enjoyed Catching Fire, while Collins’ writing isn’t what I’d say as great; she still created a fast-paced, engaging story.

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Books That Spark!

Excellent
on Apr 23 2012

There is plentry of action and humourous parts that I’d love to tell you all about but I really don’t want to ruin it for you. This is a book you have to read yourself to believe me. Oh, there is a BIG cliffhanger at the end. Just when I thought Collins had surprised me enough, she throws one more surprise my way.

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BELLA'S BOOKSHELVES

Good
on May 25 2010

Because of the twists and turns, it’s not only the Capitol you can’t trust but Collins herself. What’s to stop her from killing even the protagonist, for example?

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Loving Books

Excellent
on Apr 26 2011

Oh man, this book was so good. I loved it. Where do I begin? The world that Suzanne Collins has created, becomes more and more cruel while there are signs of rebellion that the Capitol is trying to hide.

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