Review: The Hunger Games Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
After finishing The Hunger Games, I doubted that I could love the following books anymore, turns out I was wrong.
When Katniss Everdeen won The Hunger Games she thought that was it - she would go back to her normal life; continue hunting with Gale and protecting her mother and younger sister back in District 12. Oh, how wrong she was.
Catching Fire picked up as The Hunger Games left off, Katniss and Peeta cheated the system and made history when they were the first victors who managed to win The Hunger Games together. They're still alive and the promise of a large house each, financial security and exemption from all future Games seems unbelievable to the pair but this sense of security doesn't last long.
This is the start of the revolution and rebellion between the districts, finally people have realised that reaping two children to ship off to a televised death match is no way to live and Katniss has unintentionally become the figure head of the movement. Catching Fire explores the struggle she faces as she chooses between fighting against injustice with the districts and protecting the ones she loves.
The arena in this book is definitely my favourite so far, although I could change my mind when I read Mockingjay. The Games are set in a tropical forest filled with danger at every turn: poisonous fog, rabid monkeys and lots of other sinister surprises.
You really start to see Katniss and Peeta's relationship develop as their feelings strengthen. It's clear that Katniss is still unsure of her romantic intentions between both Gale and Peeta, however the love triangle never takes centre stage in the novel - Katniss has more important things to think about such as saving her family and defeating the evils of the Capitol!
If you've watched the films and would like to read the books, I'd recommend reading them all in order starting with The Hunger Games. The films are a great representation but there's certain elements that have been omitted from them that really help to create a much bigger picture of the story.