Second of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have survived the Hunger Games, but they are still in danger. President Snow visits Katniss’ house and tells her he knows she kissed her friend Gale… and that several Districts believe Katniss’ ‘berry trick’ was an act of rebellion, not love. President Snow tells Katniss that she will have to marry Peeta and convince him that she loves Peeta… or there will be consequences.
Katniss tells Peeta and Haymitch about this, and Peeta is upset- he really loves Katniss, and wanted it to be real. In a live interview, Peeta proposes and Katniss accepts. Soon Katniss gets wedding gowns said to be approved by President Snow himself. Katniss is upset about this, as she realizes she will never be able to have a life of her own- she will have to marry Peeta, and be on camera all her life.
One day, in town, Peeta, Katniss and Haymitch find Gale being whipped by a new head Peacekeeper. Next to him is a dead turkey. Katniss runs in front of him and the next lash hits her face. Peeta and Haymitch come to help her and stop Gale being whipped. They take Gale to Katniss’ house and Katniss’ mother heals Gale. When Gale is at her house, Katniss realizes she loves him.
Soon, her prep team comes to her house to take pictures of her in wedding gowns. There are six dresses, and each requires its own setting, lighting, makeup, hair and jewelry. Katniss is exhausted by the end of it. The next day, on TV, she sees the photos of her in dresses. After this, President Snow comes on the show to read the Quarter Quell- as it is the 75th Hunger Games, a twist will be added to the rules. This time, the twist is:
“On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors”
This means Katniss and either Peeta or Haymitch are going back into the arena. At first, Katniss is upset. Then she decides she wants to go talk to Haymitch. She finds him in the pub, drinking. She asks him to help her keep Peeta alive this time. He agrees, and Katniss gets drunk as well. She goes home and wakes up with a hangover. Peeta is mad at her- he tells her they can’t afford any drunkards right now. Peeta says they should train like the Careers, and they do.
They get ready. At the reaping Katniss and Haymitch are chosen, and Peeta volunteers. At the opening ceremony, Katniss and Peeta meet their competition. Katniss meets Finnick, a victor from District 4.
This year they go for training again, and Katniss shoots so well in front of everyone that almost everyone requests her for an ally. Katniss refuses.
They enter the arena again, and Katniss finds that Haymitch allied her with Finnick without telling her. At first she is annoyed, but then he becomes a friend. The arena is deadly as ever, but it becomes so much worse when Beetee, another ally, forms a potentially deadly plan to break them out of the arena…
Catching Fire is another amazing book, though the first book seems better at first because Catching Fire can be quite confusing. In the trilogy the first book seems best, though when you reread them they are all amazing.
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