Catching Fire is the sequal to The Hunger Games. In The Hunger Games, Katniss is faced against 23 other young people in a fight to the death. In the second book (spoilers ahead), it follows what happens to her after her win. This book follows Katniss’ victory tour after her win, the development of the Quarter Quell, the year when a special Hunger Game is held to remind the districts why the games are held, and what happens to Katniss and Peeta after their harrowing experience. The book also focuses on the love triangle between Katniss and her two suitors.
I liked this book just as much or more than the first book. Many reviewers did not like the story as much, but I had no problem with it. It takes a little while for the action to begin, but I liked the explanation for the universe and the internal conflict that Katniss has. I think this book is more realistic than many other teen thrillers, and I like that the romance is not the main focus of the story, but rather the focus is on Katniss and the choices she must make to survive and care for the people she loves.
I give this story four stars. Catching Fire is an outstanding YA novel.