Catching Fire is the second book of The Hunger Games series and picks up a few months after the first one ends. The story that Suzanne Collins weaves for us is full of twists and turns that you would not expect to see in a novel written for youths to read. The plots and situations in the book are vary mature in theme and might have kids asking a lot of questions of their parents after they read it. This is not a bad thing as it just might open lines of communication that seem to be lost as children and teens grow up. Any parent seeing their children reading these books should snag a copy themselves so that they can better understand and be prepared for their kids.
The districts are uneasy since the last games and President Snow wants to make sure that nothing comes of what happened when 2 individuals, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12 after wining the 74th Hunger Games. The stunt that Katniss pulled to save them both has been viewed as an open show of defiance to the Capitol and the president wants to make sure that it goes no farther. Katniss knows what is at stake and is going to try and do everything that she can to make sure her family and friends, especially Gale, stay safe. The only problem is that when she tries to do what is needed and wanted she does it in such a way that it comes across to those in the other districts as a form of defiance. It seems that no matter what she does her need to try and make things right just turns out to make things worse for her and her friends.
This season of the games is the 2nd Quarter Quell and the form is supposed to be done by lottery that was determined 75 years ago. The only problem is that it seems that it has been rigged because this years games are going to test everyone, especially last champions. This year the games will be composed of tributes from past Hunger Games champions. Katniss is the only female alive from District 12 and she is now going to be thrown back into the arena again. This time she knows that either she or Peeta must die and she wants it to be him. She loves both Gale and Peeta and knows that the only way she can fix things is if Peeta wins. The only problem is that the Games Master has other plans for her that not even she could have known.
There is rebellion going on all over the districts and it seems that there might even be some survivors of the Quelling of District 13. She just has to keep herself and Peeta alive long enough in the arena to find out what is truly going on. This is going to be a book that you are not going to put down. You will find yourself flying through the pages trying to find out what is happing next. I would advise though that when you get the book make sure that you have the next one ready to read as this one ends with one hell of a cliff hanger. Catching Fire the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins is going to keep you on the edge of your seat as you read it.