by Suzanne Collins

Published by Scholastic Corporation

A review by John Irvin


“Remember, girl on fire…I’m still betting on you.”

            From the back book blurb:

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tributes 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 ice 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.

Catching Fire (Book 2 in the Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins

            The second installation in the Hunger Games trilogy lives up to its predecessor as expected. Carrying on the harrowing brushes with tyranny in all its malevolent actions and words, this futuristic thriller rocked my world.

            I found myself devouring the words, clinging to the pages—sometimes wondering what was around the corner.

            The intensity builds and builds until you feel like you can’t take anymore, but then, somehow you do.

            Just like I did with the first book, I gobbled up this one in a couple days while juggling college classes and work.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: CATCHING FIRE.

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