"Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins is the sequel to the highly successful Young Adult novel, "The Hunger Games". I see there is already a review for The Hunger Games, so I have decided to review it's sequels.
"Catching Fire" is one of those rare sequels which is actually as good as, if not better than, the original book. Collins has somehow managed to create that incredibly perfect balance of action, adventure, romance, and even a little comedy, just as she did with the first novel. All of the books in The Hunger Games trilogy are intense, the kind of action-packed books you absolutely can't put down once you've gotten started.
The story follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the poorest district in the ruins of what was once America. Each year, one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts are selected to participate in the Hunger Games, where they must fight to the death until only one survives. In the first book, Katniss is thrust into this world of horror, but through her strength and wit she is able to get both herself and her district partner, Peeta, out alive.
The second book continues after Katniss has won the Hunger Games. Things become more and more complicated as she tries to sort out her feelings for Peeta, who has made his admiration for her clear. She is also dealing with advances from her best friend Gale, who feels he has a right to Katniss since he has been there for her for years. Katniss is having trouble finding room in her life for both of them, and to make matters worse, the president of the districts is not pleased that Katniss managed to get herself and Peeta out of the ring last time. He is so furious in fact, that he is sure to make her life a living nightmare... or make sure she has no life at all.
"Catching Fire" is a fast-paced, thrilling book which I hardly put down from start to finish. The romance issue is complicated enough, and when Katniss is thrown into another life-or-death situation, things become downright intense. The whole book ends in a huge cliffhanger which will drive you mad. You may as well pick up a copy of the third book, Mockingjay, when you get your hands on "Catching Fire". Just make sure you read "The Hunger Games" first. Once you've read the whole trilogy, they are guaranteed to become some of your favorite books!