Catching Fire

The aptly titled Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second novel in the Hunger Games Trilogy and begins just a few short months after the events that concluded the first novel. As this second installment unfolds, there are sparks of upheaval and rebellion as well as glowing embers of young love beginning to catch aflame. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, has the label of revolutionary thrust upon her while having to deal with the conflicting feelings of burgeoning love for two different boys. Collins carries the reader through this deftly without descending into treacly territory, and makes the emotional struggles of the young woman Katniss both believable and relevant. In an effort to quell rebellion and end the Messiah-like status Katniss is beginning to wield, a plan is manipulated into place to put her back into harm’s way. This provides the bulk of the plot and action, of which there is plenty. All of it culminates in an ending that manages to be both triumphant and devastatingly shocking.

See also:
The Hunger Games

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