Monday, January 14, 2013

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Protagonist Age:
Katniss 17
Mild (brief kissing)
Severe (whipping, execution style shooting, and the Games again.  This time its old winners so they are mostly adults having to kill each other for survival-most is offstage-you hear about it after the fact.  Death by stabbing, spears, bow and arrow, etc…)
Controlled Substance:
Mild (Katniss tries alcohol and doesn’t like it)
Special Issues:
AR Level/Points:
BL 5.3/ 16 pts
Suggested Age:
Comments on Specific Events:
This book wasn’t as violent as the first to me, more alliances, more fighting the system, more self sacrificing for the greater good.

Synopsis from Goodreads

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn.

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