My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read this one; I still can’t put it down. While the first book will always be my favorite, Catching Fire does have something The Hunger Games doesn’t: Finnick Odair. Finnick is absolutely my favorite character in the entire series. Aside from the fact that he’s a total heartthrob, he’s sensitive, loyal, funny, and a fighter.
I also feel that while The Hunger Games is the book where we’re introduced to Panem and how food and the media are used to control people, this is the book that expands on those ideas and gives us a clearer idea of the stakes involved, thereby setting us up for the final book. For example, we see how Katniss and Peeta are rewarded for playing along with the Capitol with comfortable homes, an unlimited supply of food, and even food for their fellow citizens of District 12. However, since they didn’t follow all the rules…well, there are consequences.
Usually I’m underwhelmed with the middle books in trilogies, but this was not the case with Catching Fire. If you read it – and haven’t finished the series – just a word of caution – you’ll want to make sure you have Mockingjay on hand, ready to start right away, because you’re not going to want to wait.