Cannonball Read IV: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
This book picks up a few month after the Hunger Games have ended, and both Peeta and Katniss are having trouble adjusting to their new circumstances - new homes, newly awkward relationships, and the threat that President Snow presents. Much of the beginning of the book refreshes the reader on what has occurred in the prior book and demonstrates how isolated how the victors, Katniss in particular, has become. This portion of the book is a bit slower than both The Hunger Games and the second part of this book are, but it is important because it demonstrates how Katniss has changed as a character and introduces the reader to the wider political struggle the Hunger Games and it's most recent victors as political liabilities. The reader is made more familiar with other districts in Panem, and is shown more of the Capitol and its residents, which serves as a rich backdrop for the 75th Annual Hunger Games that makes up the last half of the book.
Catching Fire is a good middle book for an exciting trilogy - the characters change and are are made more familiar to the reader, it refers back to the first story while being exciting all on its own, and ends on a many layered cliffhanger. It certainly left me desperate for the last in the series.
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