Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. Catching Fire is about a now 17 year old Katniss Everdeen whose living back in her home district, District 12, in Panem with her love interest, Peeta Mellark, and they have to find a way to win yet another Hunger Games without either of them dying. Traditionally, once someone wins the Hunger Games, they don’t have to worry about being chosen again because they already went through it. However, this year is the 75th Hunger Games, which means it’s a Quarter Quell. Every 25 years, Panem has a Quarter Quell and the rules change for just that year of the Hunger Games. This year, the president of the country, President Snow, decided that only people who already won the Hunger Games can be chosen to go back to the games and risk their lives all over again to fight to the death. There are only 3 winners of the Hunger Games from District 12; Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch Abernathy, winner of the 50th Hunger Games and mentor to Katniss and Peeta during the 74th Hunger Games. This means that Katniss is definitely going back to the Hunger Games and either Peeta or Haymitch are going with her. Peeta ended up being the one to go back with her and together, they have to suffer through the same pain they did just a year ago but with other previous winners in a different secluded area controlled by the government. This time, they don’t know if it’s possible for both of them to make it out of the Hunger Games alive.
Catching Fire is my personal favorite from The Hunger Games trilogy. Collins’ writing style stayed consistent with the first and made it a great read for her audience. It was easy to understand and everything flowed together well and it was a great read for young adults. The good outweighs the bad in this book. Before reading this book, one should read The Hunger Games first so they know what’s going on when they start the second book in the trilogy. They should also be aware of the ruthless killing that goes on during the Hunger Games so they need to be mature enough to handle it. It feels like the reader is right next to Katniss and Peeta while reading this book rather than watching everything unfold. This book is perfect for anyone between the ages of 14-16 and anyone who likes adventures would like this book. This book is certainly worth keeping in this library. Christina D.; Teen Reviewer