Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games series. Usually, the sequels are not as good as the first books, but I was seriously taken aback by this book.
(Might include spoilers: you have been warned.)
Catching Fire was a fantastic book. I liked everything about it: The highly developed characters, the fast-paced scenes that got me on the edge of my seat, the emotional moments that very nearly brought tears to my eyes, and the ingeniously clever plot.
The book is written in first person. Most books can't pull this off, but Suzanne Collins did. It was in present tense, which, again, is not very easy to write, but the way the book was narrated was really effective.The book is a dystopian thriller/romance novel, which is popular in Young Adult Fiction.
The book series focuses on the nation of Panem, which is set in the future. The Capitol hosts an annual event called the Hunger Games, where children from ages 12 to 18 fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen, our protagonist, has won the Hunger Games in the first book, but the Capitol and President Snow are still out to get her for her act of defiance.
She has to compete in the Games again, this time she is positive that she will die. But a secret plan seems to be brewing, is it a plot to overthrow the Capitol?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I remember staying up late to finish another chapter. What i liked was how the language and vocabulary used was not too advanced to get most people confused, but still detailed enough to give a clear and vivid image in your head. The end had an awful cliffhanger, and I was dying to get my hands on the next book. I think it's safe to say that you'll feel the same after reading the book too. (It is highly recommended to read the first Hunger Games book before reading this one.
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