You can read Arielle's review of Catching Fire, here.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
I was so excited to finally read this book when I picked it up! It was sitting on my bookshelf for a good while, while I was at school reading textbooks (ew) instead. There's no question that I adored this book and the suspense...
The first hundred or so pages of the book were average, as they were in The Hunger Games. But if Catching Fire was anything like The Hunger Games, I knew that the next 300 pages or so would definitely make up for any sort of average-ness (that definitely can't be a word). Once the book finally picked up, I was in it for the next few days... eating, sleeping, and dreaming Catching Fire with all of the free time I could find.
I wish I could discuss so many things in this post but I know how much it sucks to be spoiled, so I won't (and never will) do that to you guys. So instead, I'll just say that everything new (characters, surprises) in this sequel deserves all the recognition that Catching Fire got and more!
You might be wondering why I gave this book a little minus sign at the end of the A... As much as I loved this book, I almost felt like I was getting a headache from so many things happening at once. Once something crazy and shocking happened, 5 seconds later something else happened. I didn't really have time to soak in what just happened let alone everything else being thrown at me... that's just me though.