Friday, February 11, 2011

Catching Fire

Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2009.

Plot Description:
            In book 2 of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss and Peeta have both returned to District 12 after they were both allowed to win the Games.  Unfortunately they will not be allowed to live out their days in the peace and prosperity that Tributes are promised.  In honor of the 75th Hunger Games, the tributes of this year are to be chosen from the pool of former winners from each district.  For District 12 this means that Katniss and Peeta have to go back into the Arena.  This time however, the stakes are higher for everyone involved.  This time, the Districts are starting to believe they might have a chance to get out from under the Capital’s control.  This time, they have a hero in Katniss.

            Book 2 continues to deliver fast paced writing and the gritty realism of war and surviving.  Katniss is forced back into the arena where she barely survived before.  She is also beginning to realize that she is becoming the face of a rebellion in the Districts due to her survival and the small rebellions she showed against the Capital while in the arena.  One of her most interesting qualities is the fact that she doesn’t want to immediately accept the role of avenging angel of the districts.  She confronts the consequences her actions have had not only for herself and her family, but also for the entire country of Panem. 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading level: 8th-9th grade

Similar Books: Hatchet, Tomorrow, when the war began

Reader’s Advisory:
Personal thoughts- Awesome
Subjects/themes- Fiction, Rebellions, Adventure, Survival, War
Series information- Book 2 of 3
Character names/descriptions-
Katniss- survivalist who volunteers herself in the Hunger Games to save her sister
            Gale- Katniss’s friend from District 12 who helps her hunt for food
            Peeta- Katniss’s male counterpart in the Hunger Games, who also loves her
President Snow- The man in charge of all of the districts, who will stop at nothing to keep them all in line

Annotation: What if you were forced back into the arena you had barely survived the first time, what if you found yourself fighting not only for your life, but also for those of everyone you cared about?

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