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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #2)

collins_catchingDuring the tour, we are reunited with Effie, Haymitch and Peeta, Cinna and the fabulous fashionistas, and we meet some of the past winners including the cunning Finnick.

This year is the 75th annual Hunger Games and as a special treat, the contestants this year will be drawn from each district’s pool of past winners.  In District 12, there is only three living winners: Haymitch, Katniss and Peeta. Katniss will be back in the arena.

[spoiler]Katniss resolves that this time, there will be only one winner, Peeta.  It is the only thing she can give him after his unrequited love.  Katniss, who has promised to keep no secrets from Peeta this time round, strikes up a secret bargain with Haymitch to protect Peeta at all costs.[/spoiler]

The second and third part of the book deals with the preparation for the Hunger Games as well as the games itself.  Since this year’s games is so different, a new approach is necessary.  Just like sports teams study other team’s behaviors, Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch spend the summer studying past winners, their techniques, strengths and weaknesses.  They must also impress the judges more than ever if they are to get sponsors, and more importantly, allies in the arena.

Normally sequels fail to live up to the original book but Catching Fire was absolutely fantastic.  We’ve been to the games before.  We don’t need to spend as much time there as last time to understand the turbulent feelings Katniss and Peeta are facing with re-entering the fray.  The time spent in the preparations introduces us to other characters and reveals glimpses of the ongoing struggle of the Rebellion.  This book will keep you up late reading, all the way to the shocking, explosive ending.  Do not skip ahead and read the ending first.

I am revved up and ready for the last book in the series, Mockingjay.  Keep reading and let’s finish The Hunger Games Trilogy, hand in hand.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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