(Warning: This review contains spoilers of the first book. If you haven't read The Hunger Games, do NOT continue reading. You have been warned.)
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.
Catching Fire is a huge step up from The Hunger Games. The intensity, the action, the danger and complete chaos- everything is amplified, making this one of the best sequels that I’ve ever read.
There isn’t much I can say about Catching Fire that hasn’t already been said ten thousand times. I loved the new developments in Team Peeta. That’s another thing that’s heavily amplified; Peeta’s to-die-for protectiveness over Katniss and his willpower to keep her safe at any cost. But when they get thrown in the games again, a cruel punishment for defying the Capitol at the end of the last games, Katniss reverses the roles to keep Peeta safe and ultimately have him named the victor in the end. It’s just as a gut-wrenching and intense as the first time around. I loved and hated it at the same time!
And obviously since I’m hardcore Team Peeta, it’s probably already known that there was some major eye-rolling at Gale’s scenes in the book. I like his character, I really do. But he had years of chances before Peeta to make his feelings known to Katniss. Why now? It was very aggravating, but that’s the life of a Peeta fan, I guess!
Overall, ten times better than The Hunger Games if that’s even possible. Better action, better passion, better romance and better chaos. I’m so excited to read about the full-on anarchy of the districts in Mockingjay. (And seriously, if you haven’t read this series yet- crawl out of the cardboard box you’re living in and DO IT.)