Catching Fire

Catching Fire

Large Print - 2009
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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781410420442
1410420442
Characteristics: 499 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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Catching Fire is a follow up book to The Hunger Games and it kept all of the same expectations from the first book. It again shows Katniss and her journey of being forced back into the Hunger Games. This one is somehow able to keep the series alive and bring another interesting book to the trilogy. This would be another book that is good for middle and high school students to read. It is another page turner for me and I think to other students it would be as well. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in action books.

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dorisee
Jan 08, 2021

Katniss founds herself in trouble with the Capitol, and worse, her loved ones are in danger of their wrath. She must prove her loyalty to the Capitol, or else there will be no mercy. And worse, she found herself thrown back into the arena in the 75th hunger games. Would she survive? Read to find out.

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Qazque
Dec 18, 2020

Wonderful follow up to The Hunger Games. Told from the first-person perspective of the protagonist Katniss Everdeen, this story was hard to put down. I'm usually not one for romances, but the slight love story aspect was mixed in with a very satisfying amount of action. The pacing in this book was amazing and the plot was both gripping and unpredictable.

I didn't think Collins would be able to make another book out of the series, but with the dawn of a new and special Hunger Games we are plunged into the dystopian world once more. Katniss is forced to go through another Hunger Games, which is two more than most people ever experience in their lives. With a new arena, new characters that are previous victors, and another plot that is filled with twists and turns, you won't be able to put it down.

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taedwardcc
Dec 03, 2020

The sequel to the original Hunger Games, Catching Fire, does a great job of continuing the journey of tempestuous protagonist Katniss Everdeen.

Although it essentially mirrors the structure and overall plot shape of the first entry in the series, it expands on Katniss's characteristics and gives readers a greater glimpse of her thoughts and intents.

Even though I think the addition of the second Hunger Games event seems like a bit of a forced change to add more action, the story development has a good flow from the ending of the first book. Her relationship with fellow protagonist Peeta continuously expands on where The Hunger Games left off and triggers a difficult series of choices Katniss has to make. Though it bears a certain similarity to the other books in the series, there are enough plot twists thrown in by Collins to keep it interesting and build up to the final book in the trilogy.

I would recommend this book for anyone who had a positive impression of the first in the series; it is, overall, a well-written piece.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

The Hunger Games saga continues in the next book. Katniss could choose the one she thought she was meant to be with or the one who makes her life worthwhile.

I could read this book a million times. It is my absolute favorite.

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Shreeya_Amin
Nov 09, 2020

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games series. After Katniss and Peeta both win the Hunger Games in the previous novel, they take a “Victor’s Tour.” In the tour, the victor(s) must travel to all the districts and speak about the tributes from that district who were in the Hunger Games. During this tour Katniss and Peeta realize that the districts want to rebel against the Capitol. In order to show his power over the districts, President Snow changes the rules for the 75th Hunger Games. He decides that tributes from each district will be chosen from the past victors of that district. Katniss is selected as one of the tributes being the only female victor from District 12, and Peeta is chosen as the male tribute. Towards the end of the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss destroys the arena holding the games and she, Peeta, and two other tributes are taken to District 13.
What I liked about this book is that during the Victor’s Tour and after the Hunger Games Suzanne Collins clearly explained how angry and rebellious the districts were becoming against the Capitol. I also liked the friendships built between tributes from various districts during the Hunger Games. What I disliked about this book is that I feel as though the author could have described the rebellions that happened in more of the districts.

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labraden
Sep 28, 2020

Not only is this my favorite book in the Hunger Games series, it is one of my overall favorite books. It shows Katniss realizing her strength and her vulnerability where her friends are concerned. Even though his role in the books is small, Cinna's death is a catalyst for all that is to come and is pivotal in the series. The emotions are balanced with the action that never seems to stop throughout the book. Just very well written.

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IntrovertReader
Aug 08, 2020

Picking up a few months after the end of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire maintains the same rip-roaring pace established in the first book. In fact, it doesn’t take long to bring the action to a whole new level.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is one of those rare books–a second that is actually better than the first. In my humble opinion anyway. I read all 391 pages in two sittings, really in one day. I picked it up, got sucked into Katniss’s world, and never looked away. We got to see a little more of Gale in this story, but we got to see even more about Katniss and Peeta and how they’re dealing with being victors of The Hunger Games. There is trouble brewing in Panem and Katniss is an unwilling face to the people’s discontent. She’s trying to deal with that, she’s trying to deal with the Capitol’s anger, and she’s a 17-year-old girl who’s trying to deal with her feelings for the two guys in her life. The whole thing is believable and Katniss is believable. And Peeta. He seemed a little too good to be true in the last book. He still does a little bit, but he shows a different side of himself here. He gets to say the one line that had me laughing out loud. Luckily, my husband was the only person around and he’s learned to ignore me and my quirks. I don’t know if I was supposed to laugh, but man! I have to admire the guy. He certainly knows how to work a crowd.

There is a tiny, rational part of me that’s a little disappointed in the direction the story took. But the reader who just wants to be entertained has informed the rational part that it just needs to shut up. It all worked, I loved it, and that’s without mentioning the ending. Oh, the ending. No spoilers here, but oh man. I can’t believe I actually have to wait for another book to be written. I never read series books back to back, but let me tell you, if I’d had the third book lying around, I would have started it and finished it today. Yes, I promise it really is that good. Go ahead and pick these up. This did not sound like a series I would like, and yet here I am gushing to the best of my ability. I’ll say it again–I loved this.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I guess this is a bad time to mention I hung a dummy and painted Seneca Crane's name on it...”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol's plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“So it's you and a syringe against the Capitol? See, this is why no one lets you make the plans.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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violet_gorilla_79
Nov 04, 2020

"My mother’s face floods with relief. “Oh. I thought there was some kind of trouble.”
“No, not at all,” I say. “The trouble will start when my prep team sees how I’ve let my eyebrows grow back in.”" - Catching Fire

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

"What about you, girl on fire? Do you have any secrets worth my time?" - Finnick Odair

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HarithaReddi
Jun 15, 2020

"Hello"
-Haymitch

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noory17
Jan 22, 2020

"You could do a lot worse."
-Haymitch Abernathy

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jul 23, 2019

Sexual Content: Mild 2 characters sleep together, but nothing happens.

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greenhungergames
Jun 03, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Here's the deal. It's a little gorier than the first book. If you couldn't handle the death and blood in the first one, I recommend that you don't read this one or the next one. A good book if you can handle crying your eyes out over characters, situations, and an abrupt cliffhanger.

AbigailCurious Oct 22, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Its scary, and a cliffhanger, not for the soft harded

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blood & Gore

Sexual Content: Mild

Violence: Very bloody & gory

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fearlessforever
Jul 07, 2013

Other: • Violence and Death are prevalent topics • Sexuality: Mild • Does not contain coarse language

SONIA ESTUDILLO Jun 16, 2013

Violence: actions

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vidurm09
Aug 04, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People getting killed

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vidurm09
Aug 04, 2012

Violence: GORE

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greenhungergames
Jun 03, 2015

In the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen is struggling. Even though she has won The 74th Hunger Games, with Peeta Mellark, and safely returned home. Panem has been changed forever and the flames of a revolution have been spreading. And it's one that Katniss and Peeta may have unintentionally started. The stakes are higher than ever in Catching Fire. Katniss must decide on survival or love. She honestly doesn't know anymore.

sabita9 Aug 08, 2014

The second book in the Hunger Game series. It is mesmerizing and exciting as the first. I can't wait to read the third book.

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sockeye2013
Jul 12, 2014

The book "Catching Fire" is about katniss and peeta and how their life changes after they get back from the Hunger Games as the new victors .

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fearlessforever
Jul 07, 2013

Katniss hopes that now that she has returned back home to District 12 everything will return to normal. But she very soon realizes that things will ever be the same ever again. The berries she once thought were her escape have now planted seeds of rebellion in the districts against the Capitol. Peeta feels betrayed, Gale keeps her at a cold distance and Katniss finds herself lost, confused and alone. Their lives are further complicated with the wildcard of the 75th Hunger Games when it is announced that the tributes will be chosen from the existing pool of victors. Katniss consequently goes into the arena; however, this time she has a very different mindset. She vows to protect Peeta’s life and ensure that he wins no matter the cost. But it soon becomes very obvious that the odds most certainly are not in Katniss’ favor.

RainbowGoldfish May 24, 2013

Katniss and Peeta won the annual hunger games and now they must try to survive in another place.

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KSED2001
Jan 06, 2013

Katniss Everdeen had survived the Hunger Games along with her "boyfriend" Peeta Mellark! She hopes that once she returns home, her life can get back to normal. But things will never be the same for Katniss ever again. Prim is more adult than tween, Gale holds her at an icy distance, and Peeta pretty much ignores her.
While living in her new home in the Victor's Village, Katniss learns about the "change" in this year's Hunger Games. Instead of having a new boy and girl tribute from each district compete in the Games, a boy and girl victor from each district will be submitted into one big battle to see which victor survives. Katniss enters the Hunger Games devoted to protecting Peeta's life rather than hers, because this time, there will be only one victor. Katniss may have survived the last Hunger Games, but this time, the odds are most definitely not in her favor.

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BlueJellybean
Aug 05, 2012

Katniss and Peeta have come out of the hunger games alive. katniss must convince all of Panem that she loves Peeta when she goes on the victory tour.
But president Snow annouces the third Quarter Quell a fight to the death between a female and male victor of the hunger games of each district and Katniss know shes going back into the arena, and this time she must save Peeta.

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coolnoor
Aug 03, 2012

Katniss and Peeta must once again try to survive in a newly connived arena in the next year's Hunger Games. Love, betrayal, and hurt...amazing book!!

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recyclegrl21
Jul 05, 2012

Katniss Everdeen is returning home after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games with her "boyfriend" Peeta Mellark. They visit the other districts on a victory tour, and each make speeches about the fallen tributes. When they finally arrive home, Katniss meets two girls from district 8 planning on going to a bombed district, district 13, where it is said survivors live underground.

On the 75th annual Hunger Games
on the Quarter Quell, tributes who have the Hunger Games in the past are chosen to participate, instead of all new tributes. Katniss is chosen by default and Peeta volunteers for Haymitch when he is chosen. In the beach-like arena, Katniss discovers it is set like a clock.

When the Hunger Games is finally over, she discovers that her home, district 12, has been bombed and destroyed.

alejadrasanchez Jun 26, 2012

The book "Catching Fire" is about katniss and peeta and how their life changes after they get back from the Hunger Games as the new victors .

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