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Catching Fire: Hunger Games (Book - 2) is the second novel in the The Hunger Games trilogy, which centers around the suspenseful events taking place in a fictitious nation called Panem.
Summary Of The Book
Everything in District 12 has changed drastically after the 74th Hunger Games. As Katniss and Peeta prepare to begin the customary victory tour that they are bound to take, President Snow visits Katniss’ home and while admonishing her for her audacious and disregardful deeds in the previous Games, also implicitly threatens the lives of their families. Their primary stop is District 11, where Katniss and Peeta end up violating the boundaries of convention, which again triggers agitation. In the efforts to make their love look genuine, Peeta proposes to Katniss in public, but Katniss isn’t sure that the people trust them anymore.
There is a scent of rebellion in the air and as Katniss arrives home, she perceives that her mockingjay now seems to be a symbol of defiance and an identification mark for all those who desire a revolution. Meanwhile, security forces around all the districts tighten their hold with electric fences, in order to prevent any kind of escape. As Katniss manages to get into the woods for some peace and quiet, she encounters two outlaws from District 8, who claim to be in search of District 13, which they say, has been rebuilt.
A few months later, to Katniss’s horror, the 75th Hunger Games is announced with a special feature called the Quarter Quell, a contest for the victors from the previous games. Once again she and Peeta begin formulating plans and assessing other tributes.
During the interviews, Katniss and Peeta create a sensation by announcing that they are married and that Katniss is now pregnant. Cinna designs a dress for Katniss, which transforms into a mockingjay, for which he is brutally assaulted later.
Will Katniss and Peeta survive the games for a second time? Will the revolution take off and will the Capitol be captured?
Catching Fire: Hunger Games (Book - 2) takes over the story from the first book and leads the readers onto the final book in the series. The book was released on September 1, 2009, and falls under the genre of Science Fiction. It received mainly positive reviews and has over 750,000 copies in print. The book won the Best Book of the Year award in the year 2009 from Publishers Weekly and its film adaptation is expected to release on November 22, 2013.
About Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins is an award-winning children’s novelist, television writer, and the author of the famous trilogy, The Hunger Games.
Collins has written various other novels, including The Underland Chronicles, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Fire Proof, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, and When Charlie McButton Gained Power.
Her novels are fast paced and although displayed in a juvenile manner, harbour a degree of violence. Collins’ books are essentially authored for young adults, and the language used is simple and unambiguous.
Born in Connecticut on August 10, 1962, Collins spent most of her childhood in eastern U.S. On account of her father being a U.S. Air Force officer, Suzanne was forced to have a migratory childhood. After attending high school at Alabama School of Fine Arts with a major in Theater Arts, she graduated with a Drama and Telecommunications double major from Indiana University. She began her career writing for children’s television shows, where she received several awards and then went on to write works of science fiction, fantasy, suspense, and action. Suzanne and her husband live in Connecticut with their two children.
|Number of Pages||391 Pages|
|Series & Set Details|
|Series Name||Suzanne Collins|
|Age Group||PRIMARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL|
Having read rave reviews about the Hunger Games trilogy, I went ahead and purchased the box set containing all three books. I will admit that the first one was genuinely brilliant. The second one, though, didn't quite match up to, or even come anywhere close to, my expectations.
While there were some noteworthy chapters in the book, overall the story felt forced. I got the impression that Collins did what most authors in her position generally do - capitalize on the popularity of your first book and rake in the moolah. She could've taken a completely different angle with the second book. But instead, the same characters somehow land up in the arena again. While some will argue that the arena is what makes the hunger games 'The Hunger Games', I feel she could've worked out a much more grandiose scale of things.
Conclusively, the book is definitely not unreadable. But after the magic of the first one, it is a bit of a let down.
Book 2 is just as good as the first one. It is perfect page turner, and just as you think you have figured out some of the what is going to happen, Collins throws you in a completely different direction.
The characters introduced to us in Book 1 are developed further and you will feel all the emotions of fear, joy, pain and relief with them.
I've heard a lot of people complain that like most authors, Suzanne wrote the second book with a weak plot as a bridge to the next one in her trilogy.
Well, it's not really true, in my opinion. Where in the first book the story took had people being smushed and action-packed awesomeness at every turn, in the second book it takes on a very political tenor.
This plot occupies itself with all the scheming and political battles veiled under smiles that goes on. This book isn't just a 'bridge' but is very necessary because the plot and the characters need to go through those slow changes so they can come out in flying colours in the next book. If the main characters don't get thrown into the arena again, the third book would never take place.
That aside, there's no dearth of suspense or excitement in this one. If anything, the arena is far more complex and interesting than the last one presented. The end of the book leaves you on tenterhooks, wondering what could happen in the next one, which is a plus to me.
overall great book and well written. Better thought out than the last for all the political ploys being exposed
Honestly, I really expected Catching Fire to be way better than The Hunger Games, the first book. But I'm really disappointed. I think the story's been dragged too much. there are places where you feel the same excitement that the first book gave you, but you can't compare. I bought Mockingjay too, from here. I finished Catching Fire about 5 minutes ago, thought maybe i could help y'all by writing whatever i thought. I want to say more but my policy = no spoilers. so yeah, basically, I'm disappointed, but I'll still read Mockingjay hoping it to, you know, make up for it and stuff...let's see what happens. If you liked The Hunger Games and haven't tried the Percy Jackson series yet, I think you should. Hope this was helpful. FLIPKART \m/
The first book of the series is fine enough, but not that gripping and less convincing at places. However, the Catching Fire will certainly make you fall in love with the series and oblige you to read the third book. In this book, for the first time we discover Katniss Everdeen as a girl beyond a ruthless shooter. We get a more closer view of the despotism of the Capitol, we get to sense the magnitude of hatred of the districts for the Capitol. The traumas and dilemmas of Katniss, her helplessness yet strong will power against every odds brings her closer to our hearts. This is a must read even if you have not liked the The Hunger Games!
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