Catching Fire

Catching Fire

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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780439023498
0439023491
9780545586177
Branch Call Number: TF Dystopia Coll
Characteristics: 391 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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red_bear_6047
Apr 09, 2021

Catching Fire was great, and a sequel that improves the story from the first book.

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Andreaquach
Apr 06, 2021

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
In the second book of the Hunger Games series, Katniss and Peeta go on their victory tour, visiting each of the twelve districts. However, ever since Katniss and Peeta refused to fight in the Hunger Games- instead threatening to kill themselves by eating the berries- districts have been showing signs of rebellion. This most definitely angers President Snow and makes the Capital look weak if they can’t control the districts. He makes this very clear when he visits Katniss, where he also reveals that he knows about her false romantic relationship with Peeta. In order to stop the growing spread of rebellion, she needs to prove that threatening to eat those berries was an act of love- even though it was an act of rebellion. Things take a huge turn, however, when the 2nd Quarter Quell edition of the Hunger Games, a special edition of the Hunger Games occuring every 25 years, comes around calling that any living winners of the Hunger Games from each district are to be drawn from their pool. As the only living female winner of District 12, Katniss finds herself back in the arena, only this time with skilled survivors. During this Hunger Games, she is determined to get Peeta to win and survive this, and along the way makes allies.
There was such an insane plot twist ending that I could not have seen! Rebellions are sprouting and I can feel that the next book will be a rough road ahead for Katniss. This whole book she was struggling with her emotions for Peeta, while at the same time going back to that place of fighting for survival. In the end, the Capitol got to him, and Peeta wasn’t saved. I was so stricken; Peeta is pure and loyal, why is he the one suffering? I couldn’t put this book down, it was just as, if not more, thrilling than the first book, and I recommend it to anyone who loved the first book, and enjoys rebellion, adventure/action, dystopian fiction, and romance.

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indigo_butterfly
Apr 03, 2021

In the first book, we see Katniss battle the 74th Hunger Games.
Now, with the Quarter Quell coming up -- there are more twists and turns for Katniss and Peeta to go through.
They continue their love story for the cameras, but Peeta finds out that Katniss has been using the act as a survival skill.
President Snow finds out about an unexpected encounter in the forest.
We meet new tributes, and face a love triangle.
Overall, the second book gives us a wonderful surprising plot.

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AlexaLe
Mar 30, 2021

In the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen returns, with the stakes even higher. After she and Peeta defied the Capitol, Katniss and Peeta have to keep up their love story in front of the cameras and in front of President Snow, who is threatening their loved ones and their friends. They are forced to participate in the 75th Hunger Games, or the Quarter Quell, in which the tributes were reaped from the existing pool of victors from each district. Placed in a game with trained killers, Katniss and Peeta must fight the odds and form uneasy alliances as they attempt to get out alive. The book ends with a shocking twist that leaves the readers anticipating the third novel.

Although the plot premise is essentially the same as the first book, Suzanne Collins somehow manages to make the novel just as, if not more, exciting than the first. The idea that Katniss and Peeta would have to face off with those that had the same experiences as they did makes the prospect of placing them all in the arena more intriguing, as the novel had more elements of politics and manipulation. What is even more exciting is that there is an underlying scheme to overthrow the Capitol, which Katniss is the face of. However, both Katniss and the audience are left out of the loop, making for a shocking plot twist and explains the motivations of the tributes attempting to help her win the games.

While I enjoy the first novel for its more childlike and naive nature in the face of eminent danger, I think that this book is a bit more developed. I highly recommend this novel as a read for fans of YA novels.

Age rating: 13+
Star rating: 5 stars

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blue_panda_4979
Mar 12, 2021

Awesome book!

Catching Fire is a follow up book to The Hunger Games and it kept all of the same expectations from the first book. It again shows Katniss and her journey of being forced back into the Hunger Games. This one is somehow able to keep the series alive and bring another interesting book to the trilogy. This would be another book that is good for middle and high school students to read. It is another page turner for me and I think to other students it would be as well. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in action books.

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dorisee
Jan 08, 2021

Katniss founds herself in trouble with the Capitol, and worse, her loved ones are in danger of their wrath. She must prove her loyalty to the Capitol, or else there will be no mercy. And worse, she found herself thrown back into the arena in the 75th hunger games. Would she survive? Read to find out.

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Qazque
Dec 18, 2020

Wonderful follow up to The Hunger Games. Told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist Katniss Everdeen, this story was hard to put down. I'm usually not one for romances, but the slight love story aspect was mixed in with a very satisfying amount of action. The pacing in this book was amazing and the plot was both gripping and unpredictable.

I didn't think Collins would be able to make another book out of the series, but with the dawn of a new and special Hunger Games we are plunged into the dystopian world once more. Katniss is forced to go through another Hunger Games, which is two more than most people ever experience in their lives. With a new arena, new characters that are previous victors, and another plot that is filled with twists and turns, you won't be able to put it down.

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taedwardcc
Dec 03, 2020

The sequel to the original Hunger Games, Catching Fire, does a great job of continuing the journey of tempestuous protagonist Katniss Everdeen.

Although it essentially mirrors the structure and overall plot shape of the first entry in the series, it expands on Katniss's characteristics and gives readers a greater glimpse of her thoughts and intents.

Even though I think the addition of the second Hunger Games event seems like a bit of a forced change to add more action, the story development has a good flow from the ending of the first book. Her relationship with fellow protagonist Peeta continuously expands on where The Hunger Games left off and triggers a difficult series of choices Katniss has to make. Though it bears a certain similarity to the other books in the series, there are enough plot twists thrown in by Collins to keep it interesting and build up to the final book in the trilogy.

I would recommend this book for anyone who had a positive impression of the first in the series; it is, overall, a well-written piece.

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Feb 13, 2018

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I guess this is a bad time to mention I hung a dummy and painted Seneca Crane's name on it...”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol's plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“So it's you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 04, 2020

"My mother’s face floods with relief. “Oh. I thought there was some kind of trouble.”
“No, not at all,” I say. “The trouble will start when my prep team sees how I’ve let my eyebrows grow back in.”" - Catching Fire

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

"What about you, girl on fire? Do you have any secrets worth my time?" - Finnick Odair

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HarithaReddi
Jun 15, 2020

"Hello"
-Haymitch

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noory17
Jan 22, 2020

"You could do a lot worse."
-Haymitch Abernathy

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blue_panda_4979
Mar 13, 2021

Sexual Content: mild

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blue_panda_4979
Mar 13, 2021

Violence: some violence

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jul 23, 2019

Sexual Content: Mild 2 characters sleep together, but nothing happens.

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greenhungergames
Jun 03, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Here's the deal. It's a little gorier than the first book. If you couldn't handle the death and blood in the first one, I recommend that you don't read this one or the next one. A good book if you can handle crying your eyes out over characters, situations, and an abrupt cliffhanger.

AbigailCurious Oct 22, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Its scary, and a cliffhanger, not for the soft harded

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blood & Gore

Sexual Content: Mild

Violence: Very bloody & gory

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fearlessforever
Jul 07, 2013

Other: • Violence and Death are prevalent topics • Sexuality: Mild • Does not contain coarse language

SONIA ESTUDILLO Jun 16, 2013

Violence: actions

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greenhungergames
Jun 03, 2015

In the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen is struggling. Even though she has won The 74th Hunger Games, with Peeta Mellark, and safely returned home. Panem has been changed forever and the flames of a revolution have been spreading. And it's one that Katniss and Peeta may have unintentionally started. The stakes are higher than ever in Catching Fire. Katniss must decide on survival or love. She honestly doesn't know anymore.

sabita9 Aug 08, 2014

The second book in the Hunger Game series. It is mesmerizing and exciting as the first. I can't wait to read the third book.

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sockeye2013
Jul 12, 2014

The book "Catching Fire" is about katniss and peeta and how their life changes after they get back from the Hunger Games as the new victors .

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fearlessforever
Jul 07, 2013

Katniss hopes that now that she has returned back home to District 12 everything will return to normal. But she very soon realizes that things will ever be the same ever again. The berries she once thought were her escape have now planted seeds of rebellion in the districts against the Capitol. Peeta feels betrayed, Gale keeps her at a cold distance and Katniss finds herself lost, confused and alone. Their lives are further complicated with the wildcard of the 75th Hunger Games when it is announced that the tributes will be chosen from the existing pool of victors. Katniss consequently goes into the arena; however, this time she has a very different mindset. She vows to protect Peeta’s life and ensure that he wins no matter the cost. But it soon becomes very obvious that the odds most certainly are not in Katniss’ favor.

RainbowGoldfish May 24, 2013

Katniss and Peeta won the annual hunger games and now they must try to survive in another place.

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KSED2001
Jan 06, 2013

Katniss Everdeen had survived the Hunger Games along with her "boyfriend" Peeta Mellark! She hopes that once she returns home, her life can get back to normal. But things will never be the same for Katniss ever again. Prim is more adult than tween, Gale holds her at an icy distance, and Peeta pretty much ignores her.
While living in her new home in the Victor's Village, Katniss learns about the "change" in this year's Hunger Games. Instead of having a new boy and girl tribute from each district compete in the Games, a boy and girl victor from each district will be submitted into one big battle to see which victor survives. Katniss enters the Hunger Games devoted to protecting Peeta's life rather than hers, because this time, there will be only one victor. Katniss may have survived the last Hunger Games, but this time, the odds are most definitely not in her favor.

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BlueJellybean
Aug 05, 2012

Katniss and Peeta have come out of the hunger games alive. katniss must convince all of Panem that she loves Peeta when she goes on the victory tour.
But president Snow annouces the third Quarter Quell a fight to the death between a female and male victor of the hunger games of each district and Katniss know shes going back into the arena, and this time she must save Peeta.

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coolnoor
Aug 03, 2012

Katniss and Peeta must once again try to survive in a newly connived arena in the next year's Hunger Games. Love, betrayal, and hurt...amazing book!!

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recyclegrl21
Jul 05, 2012

Katniss Everdeen is returning home after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games with her "boyfriend" Peeta Mellark. They visit the other districts on a victory tour, and each make speeches about the fallen tributes. When they finally arrive home, Katniss meets two girls from district 8 planning on going to a bombed district, district 13, where it is said survivors live underground.

On the 75th annual Hunger Games
on the Quarter Quell, tributes who have the Hunger Games in the past are chosen to participate, instead of all new tributes. Katniss is chosen by default and Peeta volunteers for Haymitch when he is chosen. In the beach-like arena, Katniss discovers it is set like a clock.

When the Hunger Games is finally over, she discovers that her home, district 12, has been bombed and destroyed.

alejadrasanchez Jun 26, 2012

The book "Catching Fire" is about katniss and peeta and how their life changes after they get back from the Hunger Games as the new victors .

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