Book Review: Catching Fire

As you anxiously await the arrival of Catching Fire in theaters (November 22nd!), take time to enjoy this lovely book report by volunteer Courtney... also, SPOILER ALERT!

Catching Fire is the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. Now that Katniss and Peeta have returned to District 12 as victors of the Hunger Games, their lives have been very different. Katniss no longer has to worry about providing food for her family and her mom manages the affairs of the household. However, Katniss’s relationships with Peeta and Gale have changed. During the Games, she pretended to be in a relationship with Peeta and began to feel unsure of her feelings toward the bread boy. When Katniss returns home, she dismisses Peeta’s affection and returns to her relationship with Gale with a newfound fire. Gale unexpectedly kisses her, and Katniss realizes that it is Gale she truly loves. This proves to be dangerous, when President Snow appears at the victor’s mansion. He informs Katniss that if she does not convince the districts of her faithfulness to Peeta and dismiss any hints of rebellion, her family and friends will be in danger. Peeta and Katniss go on tour through the different districts and Katniss realizes that some of the districts have already begun to revolt.  Then, President Snow announces the Quarter Quell, meaning that victors from previous years will have to fight against each other in the Games. During the interviews, Peeta announces that Katniss is pregnant, causing a greater uprising in the Capital. During the Games, many of the tributes make alliances with Peeta and Katniss in order to protect them, thus protecting the rebellion. However, the Games end unexpectedly when Katniss is rescued from the arena by Haymitch and Peeta is captured by the Capital. When Katniss realizes what has happened, she begins to withdraw herself from the world until Gale comes to visit her and tells her that District 12 no longer exists.

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