Scholastic Press, NY 2009
Please note that this review will contain spoilers for "The Hunger Games" if you have not finished reading it yet.
After breaking the rules and tricking the gamemakers of the Hunger Games to let both Peeta and herself stay alive, Katniss lives in fear of retaliation from the Capitol and President Snow in "Catching Fire", the sequel to the engrossing "The Hunger Games". Although she and her family are no longer starving back home in District 12, she does not live the relatively free existence she once did. She is still the darling of the Capitol Hunger Games viewing audience, even if the government wants her dead, and so must continue to pretend to be in love with Peeta much to the chagrin of her longtime friend Gale. Katniss learns of a rebellion that her daring exit of the Hunger Games inspired and must decide if she will stop it--like President Snow has ordered her to do--or join it. She's not given much of a choice when the unthinkable happens and she must return to a place she never imagined she would see again, except in nightmares.
"Catching Fire" is just as engrossing and thrilling as the novel it follows. It is nearly impossible to put this book down. It is full of surprises and twists and ends with a cliffhanger that has people pre-ordering "Mockingjay" before it has even been released.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and this series, and cannot wait for the conclusion. I know middle school boys are reading this, as well as adults. It seems like this is a good cross-over series, it has a strong female main character, but it has a lot of action and violence and suspense to appeal to boys.
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