By Suzanne Collins
Published by: Scholastic Press
Review copy purchased by reviewer
Reviewed By: Lauren Lapinski
Picking up almost one year after The Hunger Games, Catching Fire brings us right back into the life of Katniss Everdeen, who updates us on all that has happened since the end of the first book. We see how many things have changed for her since winning the Games and the perils she now faces. Containing less violence and fighting action than The Hunger Games, Book 2 picks up the slack with political intrigue as Katniss faces the consequences of her actions against The Capitol and President Snow.
Her victory tour allows the readers a glimpse of each different District and how they have been affected by the Games. We also see the first signs of rebellion as citizens and politicians begin questioning President Snow.
Collins still manages to take us on a non-stop, page-turning adventure with just as much power as Book 1 and an ending that will leave you simultaneously cursing and praising the author as you bite your nails in wait of the final installment. Catching Fire is a must-read for fans of YA fiction. Give it a try and be sure to pre-order the third book of the trilogy, Mockingjay, due out August 24, 2010.