Catching Fire starts up not far from where The Hunger Games ended. Katniss is living in the Victors Village with her family. You'd think that she'd finally be able to relax and live the cushy life. Well that wouldn't make a good book. There are rumors of rebellion and since Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games in defiance they have become the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol, particularly President Snow, is not happy with them. Now Katniss has to worry about looking as in love with Peeta as possible to quiet down the rebellion, but is that what she really wants?
This is an intense book, I found it difficult to put it down. The threats, betrayal, actions, and compassion just seem to be deeper in this book. I am sure that all of these qualities lend to the addictive nature of this series. Suzanne Collins is genius at turning a phrase in just a way that pulls a gasp from the reader.
I wasn't sure what was going to happen in this book and it took about 40 pages for me to fully commit, but the twist came pretty quickly and amazingly and I was in and hanging on for the ride. I find it hard to fully review this book without giving too much away. Catching Fire is a great second book and moves the story along quite nicely. We get some more development of the main characters and meet some new people who's intentions are not immediately easy to determine.
This is a great series of books and number two is well worth your time. Next week I will complete the trilogy!