Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Welcome back! As promised, today I’ll continue reviewing installments of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Our review for today is for the lovely Catching Fire, which happens to be my absolute favorite of the trilogy.


After re-reading Catching Fire for the third time, I am heavily reminded why it is my favorite in the series. Though we watch Katniss deal with her life being flipped on its head during The Hunger Games, in this installment we journey with her as he world becomes unhinged now that President Snow has it out for her, and she is sentenced back into the arena.


The Political Rev

One of my favorite aspects about Catching Fire is how Collins revs up the aforementioned political undertones of Panem in The Hunger Games and uses them to produce the highest stakes imaginable for Katniss. The fear that the government of Panem is breathing down her neck maximizes her internal conflict, all while her external conflict of the Quarter Quell seeks to end her as well.

The World Building

The world building in The Hunger Games is phenomenal, but Collins takes it to a whole other level with the complexity of the Quarter Quell arena. There are so many small details the author includes to bring to life Panem and all its mind boggling intricacies. It’s truly what makes this a top dystopian series.

The Characters

The born rebel yet conflicted Katniss. Sweet yet strong Peeta. The sexy yet broken Finnick. Dangerous yet cunning Joanna. Brilliant Peetee. I love them all so much! This is truly where the cast shines the most.<3

Like I mentioned earlier, Catching Fire is my favorite of the trilogy and among the top five of my all-time favorite books. It truly is a modern classic in my opinion.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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What are your thoughts on Catching Fire? Be sure to stop back by next Friday for a review of Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy!

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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