I had high expectations for the sequel to The Hunger Games and Suzanne Collins delivered! Catching Fire was incredible! I enjoyed every page. Katniss is back in District 12 in her new huge house in Victor’s Village. She still hunts to feed her friend’s families. After a cold few months with a very hurt Peeta, Katniss must convince the Capitol that they are still in love. The President himself makes a visit to Katniss’s home to prove to her how much he is willing to punish her. Peeta and Katniss begin their victor’s tour of the districts and can feel the unrest along the way. Peeta’s bold act of generosity in District 11 fuels a revolt that spreads throughout the other districts. In order to squash the rebellion the Capitol changes the rules for the next Hunger Games, punishing Peeta and Katniss far more than they could have imagined. The plot twists are so unexpected and imaginative, making this sequel as good if not better than the first book. Peeta becomes a brilliant character, taking risks disguised as kindness. Does District 13 still exist underground? We get some glimpses that show us all is not as it seems. Katniss becomes the icon of hope in the districts. But will she have to become a martyr to save countless others? My only complaint is that I have to wait so long for the third book.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Talk about the stark different in the frivolity of the Capitol with their tattoos, feather and tinted skin compared to the people starving in the districts. Compare that to the world we live in.
Talk about the wedding/mockingjay dress Katniss’s designer made for her. Talk about Cinna’s sacrifice and how art can speak louder than words.
Should Peeta have lied about Katniss being pregnant?
Talk about risking your life to make life better for others. Peeta’s gesture to share with the families of District 11 helps to start a revolt. Would you take the risks Katniss takes?
Talk about what it would mean if Katniss were a martyr.
Who would you choose, Gale or Peeta?
What are your theories about District 13?