Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. 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 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.
Pages: 391 (hardback)
Rating: 8 out of 10
Source: Checked out of the library
Earlier this year, the Professors and Partners book club selected the first book in the Hunger Games series as our selection. I devoured and enjoyed the book so much that I knew I needed to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law did not have her copy of the next book and the other connection I had was impatient to get her copies back. I put myself on a very long wait list at the library and just waited.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins came into my hands at the beginning of July, just before we were going on vacation. I was going to have extra help with my daughter which meant that I could read while pumping. This book went as quickly for me as the first. I was less surprised with the violence and the intense premise, but still completely absorbed. Some of the plot twists were unexpected and others were just disturbing. I continue to like Katniss and found myself wanting to start the next book as soon as this one finished.
Random note about this note: I am only about to count this book towards my personal goal of reading 12 books this year, not for any other challenges.