Catching Fire Essay

The title of my book is Catching fire. It is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It is written By Suzanne Collins. It was published by Scholastic in 2009. It has 391 pages. The genre is considered science fiction/romance. This book the second book in which there is yet again, another hunger games.

This book takes place in a place called Panam. The story takes place in many different places such as District 12, the hunger games arena, and the capitol. The main characters are Katniss and Peeta. It is told in first person. The mood of mostly the whole story is sort of a despair, sad mood like the first book. After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the previous book, Katniss and Peeta return home to District 12 where they now live in the Victors Village. They live there because they were victors in the games. After anyone wins the games, they have to go to all of the different districts on a tour to give a speech and to say thanks for everything they contributed to. On the day that Katniss and Peeta are to start a “victory tour” of the country, Katniss is visited by President Snow who is the president of all of Panem. President Snow explains that he is angry at her for threatening to commit suicide with Peeta by attempting to eat deadly berries at the end of the Hunger Games, which permitted them both to win. President Snow tells Katniss that when she defied the Capitol, she created talk of rebellion in the districts. He threatens to kill her family and friends if she cannot prove to everyone in Panem that her act was not one of defiance, but that she was instead driven by an intense love for Peeta.

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The first stop on the victory tour is District 11, the home of Katniss’ friend and ally in the Hunger Games, Rue, before she died. Rue had become her ally for short time in the games because she reminded her a lot of her little sister Prim. During the ceremony, Katniss delivers a quick speech to the people of District 11, thanking them for their tributes. When she is done, an old man whistles a tune that Rue used in the arena to tell Katniss that she was safe. The song acts as a signal and everyone salutes Katniss. Katniss is taken away. As she is being taken away she sees Peacekeepers shoot the man who whistled the song in the head. The Peacekeepers are like modern day police but worse. They are there to make sure that there is no more uprisings or anything that could lead to another rebellion. Katniss and Peeta then proceed to travel to all of the twelve districts and the Capitol to give their speeches. During one of the interviews, Peeta proposes to Katniss publicly, hoping to settle everything thats going on between Katniss and President Snow. A little while after they come back to District 12, Katniss encounters two runaways from District 8. They explain a theory that District 13 was not wiped out and destroyed by the Capitol, due to its residents going underground, and that footage of 13 that is always broadcasted to remind the districts not to rebel has been the same footage for years. A few days later it is announced that, for the 75th Hunger Games, 24 of the living victors from previous years will be forced to compete once again.

This is in honor of the “Quarter Quell” which is an event that occurs every 25th year of the Games and allows the Capitol to introduce a twist. It is also to remind the people that no one is safe from the capitol and that the capitol is in control of everything. Katniss knows now that she and Peeta will both be competing in the Games a second time, this time tho Katniss decides that she will devote herself to protecting Peeta even if that means she has to die. After they are all aware of the news, all of the tributes go to the capitol to prepare for the games again. During the Games, Katniss and Peeta join up with two other previous victors, Finnick Odair who is a 24-year-old man who successfully survived the Games at the age of 14 and Mags who is Finnick’s 80-year-old mentor, who are both from District 4. After Mags’ death, Katniss, Peeta and Finnick join forces with Johanna Mason who is a victor from District 7, and Beetee and Wiress who are an older couple from District 3 who are said to be “exceptionally smart”. Wiress soon shows Katniss that she is a genius by revealing to her that the arena is arranged like a clock, with all of the arena’s disasters occurring on a timed chart.

After Wiress is killed, Katniss learns of Beetee’s plan to harness lightning in order to supposedly electrocute two other tributes. Instead of just killing two tributes Katniss has an idea to direct the lightning at the force field that surrounds the arena. Her plan worked and thereby destroying the arena and made her temporally paralyzed. When she wakes up, she is being transported to District 13 which a place that is widely thought to no longer exist. She is joined by Finnick, Beetee, Gale and Haymitch who have all been rescued by rebels from district 13 but learns that Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria have been captured by the Capitol. The book ends with Katniss’ best friend, Gale who was protecting her family when she was gone, informing her that, though he got her family out in time, District 12 has been bombed and destroyed by the capitol in spite of her destroying the arena.

There wasn’t really a climax in this book because the story continues with the third and final book. The purpose of this book was to entertain and it did very well achieve that purpose. This book didn’t really have any weaknesses. It’s strengths were how it keeps making the reader want to keep reading. It is very suspenseful.

This book, like the Hunger Games, was a very good book. It had a whole different feel to it than the Hunger Games did. It brought in more of how the capitol really doesn’t want a rebellion and will kill off each and every citizen of Panam if thats what it takes.

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