Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins [ARC]

I was sure that I had missed the chance to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  Sure that I would have to wait until the September 1st release date.  But the amazing Eric Luper, author of Big Slick and Bug Boy, swooped in to save the day by letting me borrow his copy of the ARC last weekend!  It’s hard to say exactly how I feel about this book without giving anything away — and you all know how I avoid spoilers at all costs — but I will do my best.

So, we all know that Katniss managed to make it through the Hunger Games; that she even figured out a way to save Peeta, making them both “victors.”  This so-called success ends up making them both enemies of the Capitol, though, since a challenge of the rules of the Hunger Games can also be seen as a direct challenge of the Capitol’s authority.  During what should be a happy time, now that they and their families no longer have to struggle for enough food to survive, it quickly becomes clear that the games are far from over for Katniss and Peeta.  The charade of their love is going to have to continue, since it was supposedly that love that caused Katniss to bring out the poison berries in the arena… but this means that Katniss will never be able to be with Gale.  And Peeta will have to carry on knowing that Katniss will probably never love him as much as he loves her. Not much of a start for what most people in Panem assumed to be a “happy ending.”  When President Snow announces the plan for the 75th Hunger Games, also referred to as the 3rd Quarter Quell, Katniss and Peeta find that even their nightmares could not compete with what the Capitol actually has in store for them…

Although somewhat slow at points, and a bit predictable in others, I still found Catching Fire to be a great read and am already looking forward to the final book of the trilogy.  Fans of The Hunger Games will not be disappointed!

Happy Reading!

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