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Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
by Suzanne Collins
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PublisherScholastic Press
Release Date2009-09-01 (added to CC 4 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank979
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Member Reviews
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(20 Sep 2014)
An easy read. Much like the first, don't take it too seriously, and you may find you actually enjoy it. I find Katniss a bit passive at times, but it's the things around her is where the story really.
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(6 Sep 2014)
Haven't heard much that's good about this book from sources I trust.
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(6 Aug 2013)
I agree with most others, the beginning was a little slow, but it picked up nicely after the quell announcement. I love how Suzanne Collins very intelligently shows Katniss' thoughts and thought processes with any problem facing her. Fun and easy book to read - as the whole series is.
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(28 Feb 2013)
The beginning of the book dragged on a tad, but once the plot picked up with the approaching of the Quell, things became more interesting than the original at times. Unfortunately, but expectedly, the end was unfulfilling. I suppose that is just as symptom of being the second part in a trilogy.
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(9 Apr 2012)
Original and thrilling plot with great characters but unfortunately suffers from second-book syndrome. Lacks the uniqueness of book 1 and the arena was dull by comparison. However, I did like the ending, and the set up for book 3. In many ways, this series reminds me of the TV series "Lost" and "Prison Break." Great first season, but should have quit while they were ahead.
(7 Apr 2012)
I love a good rebellion. Can't wait to read Mockingjay and finish off this trilogy.
(22 Mar 2012)
Engaging, and characters like Finnick and President Snow are welcome additions to the already-strong cast, but Catching Fire lacks enough of the heart-string tugs of book 1 and its ending exposition is an embarrassing example of kludge.
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(25 May 2010)
I've read the first and second and thought it was good, very descriptive
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