By Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic Press
Copyright © 2009
In the Second book of the Hunger Games series, Katniss and Peeta have come back victorious from the Hunger Games. She was hoping that life would be a little better from now on with the games behind her. However, she finds that the things she was forced to do and say in the arena to stay alive have alienated her from her best friend back home in district 12, and she’ll soon learn that those same actions in the arena have been viewed by the poor people of the districts and by the president of Panem as an act of rebellion. If she can’t prove to the public that what she did was out of her undying love for Peeta she is going to be in big trouble with President Snow. Will the president be able to quell the rebellion, or will his plan backfire and incite more anti-capitol sentiment?
Just when I thought that Suzanne Collins wasn’t going to be able to top the suspense and thrill of first book in this series, she goes and proves me wrong. I never saw the quarter quell coming, although it was alluded to in the first book. What we find is that the President has control of what the rules for the quarter quell are. (That is all I’m going to give away.) This isn’t the only shocker in “Catching Fire.” Katniss and Peeta are given freedom by their coaches to be themselves. The way they surprise and antagonize the Capitol and President Snow is beautiful. I found myself cheering them on and even laughing at their brazenness. If the first two books in this young adult series is any indication of how good the third will be, then I am in for a real treat.