Katniss Learns the Rules
So you’ve been through hell and made it out with limbs and most mental facilities in tact. How about round 2?
By all rights, after winning the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss should be exempt from further games. However, the 75th Hunger Games is special, it’s a Quarter Quell, and things will be different. Once, the number of competitors chosen was doubled. The other time, the Gamemasters had the districts choose their own competitors. This time, the contesters will be chosen from the pool of victors. One boy, one girl. Katniss and Peeta, back in the ring again!
Last time she got them both out alive. Her goal was to win. This time, her goal is to keep him alive, but Katniss — the unwilling symbol for rebellion — is the one for whom others will sacrifice their lives.
Last time, she was facing children who had no other option. This time, her opponents are veterans: ruthless, rebellious, broken. Before entering the ring, the chosen competitors join hands before the cameras, a signal of unification among the Districts unseen since the Games began.
Last time, the people were watching an entertaining or horrible game they took for granted. This time, they are seeing their district idols go back into the ring to kill each other off. Katniss and Peeta, celebrity lovebirds, will be torn apart.
When the Capitol pushes hard enough, eventually the people will push back.
In some aspects, Catching Fire seemed a repeat of book 1, another chance for a cool arena and survival skills — but, even though I say that, it has completely different vibe. (And the arena IS cool!)
Review originally posted on Amazon in 2010.