Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games series, and is my second re-read of the year. Catching Fire is still my favorite book out of the series and really brings the story to a whole new level.

**Spoiler Alert** I will try not to give too much way, but if you don't want to know anything about what happens I suggest you stop reading now...

Katniss has managed the impossible - not only has she managed to survive the Games, but Peeta has also survived. For the first time in the history of the Games, there are are two victors. Normally this would bring the victors a sense of relief, but Katniss has very little time to enjoy her victory.

Her stunt with the berries, which saved not only her life, but Peeta's life, has become a catalyst for rebellion in the districts. Without consciously meaning to do so, Katniss's actions are seen as an open defiance of the Capitol and she finds herself the symbol of the rebellion. President Snow holds Katniss personally accountable for the uprisings that have sprung up and threatens Katniss with the deaths of her family and friends if she is unable to convince the people of Panem that she has no intention of overthrowing the Capitol as she travels throughout the districts on the Victory Tour.

When Katniss is unsuccessful in the task set for her by President Snow, she finds herself once again facing the Hunger Games arena. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Games - the Quarter Quell. To remind the people of Panem that "even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol," the tributes are chosen from among the previous victors from each district. As Katniss is the only female victor from District 12, she has no choice but to return to the arena. To make matters worse, Peeta will also be returning to the Games, only this time, Katniss is determined that he will be the one to survive and return home.

While the Games play out in the arena, Panem descends into open rebellion. District 12 has been destroyed, and the rebels are gathering in the previously thought to be destroyed District 13. Many of the victors within the arena are in on a plot to save Katniss, the symbol of the rebellion, from the clutches of the Capitol. All does not go according to plan however, as Peeta is captured by the Capitol. Catching Fire ends as Katniss' world is falling apart. Panem is at war with the Capitol and she has become the symbol for the rebellion, her home has been destroyed, and Peeta has been captured...

On to book three - Mockingjay!

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