Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark made history when they were the first pair of tributes to win the 74th Hunger Games. Now, in the months following their win in the Games, they are learning just what their actions have caused. Districts around the country view Katniss as the unlikely symbol of a rebellion against the Capitol. Though she had no intention of instigating this rebellion, Katniss nevertheless is put on notice that she needs to fall in line or risk the lives of the people she loves. However, she learns that even her full compliance won’t stop the events put into motion by her actions in the Hunger Games, and she must decide what she is willing to do- and at what cost.
Catching Fire was a fantastic follow-up to The Hunger Games, but I don’t think I loved it as much as others did. I loved seeing the changes in Katniss as she began to realize that her actions had consequences. Her actions were much more deliberate, and it was fascinating to see how she began to understand the wider implications of her choices. Additionally, I thought the other characters in the novel benefited from additional development, particularly her mother, Prim, and Haymitch.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say there was anything wrong with this book, because I think it was a very good book, and a good sequel. But there was just this can’t-put-it-down quality about The Hunger Games that I didn’t find in Catching Fire. All the same, I am excited to read Mockingjay and see how this story ends.