Book Review – Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2)

Lyra Thompson, Staff Writer

This review was originally published on my blog on November 6th, 2020.

Book Synopsis:




Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Katniss is about to be tested as never before.

My Review:

This book was just incredible! I have no words. It was just as good as the first book. I loved how the whole book was basically about a revolution and defying the corrupt Capitol. But man, that cliffhanger of an ending! I need to read the third book soon!

I don’t have the same giddy feeling I had after finishing the first book, but I definitely have A LOT of other feelings. I’m still processing from the ending. There were so many specific moments that were so amazing – from Katniss’ speech about Rue on the tour to all the tributes holding hands and standing together in front of the people of the Capitol – that just made me feel for Katniss and the uprising against President Snow and the Games.

While I didn’t think the actual games were as intense as the first time, probably because this one was much shorter and Katniss was more focused on breaking the rules than winning, it was still so captivating and I finished the last third of the book in a couple hours. The ending where Katniss fires her bow through the force field and basically breaks the game, then we find out that Haymitch and everyone was working together to defy President Snow, then the cliffhanger about District 12, ahhh!


Catching Fire Movie Review

I liked the movie and thought it was a good adaptation of the book, but it wasn’t as good as the first one in my opinion. I know a lot of people like the second movie better, but I was annoyed by some of the important small things they excluded from the book. I understand why, because it’s a slightly longer book and has a lot more going on, but there were some things I wish they had included.

I thought they made Peeta too useless in this movie, when he really wasn’t. Another character who was made to seem useless in the movie was Mags. I know that she didn’t do much in the books, but she was slightly more helpful than the movies made her out to be. I was watching it with my dad who has never read the books, and he thought she was unnecessary because she didn’t do anything. I was also confused by the addition of President Snow having a granddaughter. I don‘t know what the point of that addition was, since she‘s not a character in the book.


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