Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I was supposed to be finishing a library book instead of reading this, but the library book was non-fiction and this was the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, so who’s surprised I finished this one while Economics Explained is still sitting on the back of the toilet?
While it gets off to a slow start, the cauldron soon starts to bubble and by the end it is fiercely boiling even under my watchful gaze. I was incredibly skeptical at the thought of a second Hunger Games, but it turned out to be more exciting and intense than the first, with a real sense of fear and danger. The ending delivers an incredibly juicy promise for the third book.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta 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.
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 the 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.