Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Title: Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

Published: 2009

Age Rating: 13+

Star Rating: 5/5

Whispers of rebellion against the Capitol, are emerging and flying around the districts. Whilst Katniss and Peeta should be enjoying their longs weeks of victory: they are living in fear. Great fear – that they were the sparks of this rebellion, that has turned their lives upside down. A newfound flicker of defiance has rippled amongst those tired of being dictated by the ruthless Captiol. And Katniss and Peeta are the source of the uprising: their heroic humiliation of the Capitol, having manipulated the 74th Hunger Games and exploited a weak-spot amongst the Gamemakers.

President Snow is worried that Katniss will become a symbol of hope. Hope of defeat. And so he concocts a devious conspiracy, involving a 75th Hunger Games evolving around previous victors in his attempts to kill her off:

On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from the existing pool of victors…

President Snow, Catching Fire.

Relieving for the twelve districts, because obviously they will not be reaped for the Games, but for Katniss, who is the only female from District 12, who has ever won the Games: there is no way out… Once again, she finds herself in the Arena of the Hunger Games, alongside twenty-three other tributes, all of which, (exlcluding Peeta) have know each other for ages and have experience in killing people. Which gives them a considerable advantage over the competitors. All part of the Capitol’s hateful plan…

Katniss immediately finds herself surrounded by supportive allies, however: who seem prepared to forfit their own lives to get her out of the Arena. Alive. The centre of the arena is the face of a clock, and events soon unfold around it:


Photo taken from the film ‘Catching Fire’ (2013)


At every hour a dangerous ploy, erected by the Gamemakers occurs, and endangers the life of each tribute. Examples: 12 o’clock = lightning. 4 o’clock = Jabberjays. Eventually Katniss and her allies learn to use these events to their advantage… Will Katniss get out of the arena alive – again?


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