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Publisher's Note:

Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.…

Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Overall Book Review:

Picking up shortly after The Hunger Games, the intensity continues in Catching Fire, book two of Suzanne Collins’ incredible three-book series. After winning the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta should be able to live “happily ever after,” but the Capitol will ensure that doesn’t happen after the two heroes defied them with the berry incident. Intertwined with all the action, Collins continues the romance between Katniss and Peeta as the relationship deepens and engrosses the reader further.

As the story moves on and things become even more complicated for all parties involved, we get to enjoy most of the characters from The Hunger Games, as well as meet several new, quite diverse characters who add some unique elements to the book. Expect some major bombshells both figuratively and literally throughout, and be prepared to stop everything you’re doing for a few days so you can race through this story. The surprise ending will have you running to the store or jumping online to purchase the third and final book, Mockingjay.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  One mild obscenity.

Violence/Gore: Many (62) brief incidents including but not limited to situations pretending, joking, or thinking about death; verbal and physical threats; characters thinking about the possibility of torture and death; second-hand reports of deaths; mental and physical torture; raining blood; talking about violent events that occurred in previous Hunger Games; bombing and explosions resulting in deaths; character losing arm in explosion; non-life threatening injuries such as twisted ankle and hurt tailbone; second-hand report of tongues having been removed; chemical burning skin and causing mental and muscular issues; character slapping and scratching another character; character having nightmares about self and others getting tortured and killed; hunting; character getting beat up; character committing suicide with a chemical; character’s throat slit; character killed with arrow to the head; ax thrown kills character; trident thrown at chest resulting in death; nine characters dying in unknown ways; character killed from the bite of a strange animal; character killed by running into a force field; one extended incident of mental torture (three pages).

Note: Most of the acts of violence involve or are committed by adults against other adults, with the main exception being the two main characters, Peeta and Katniss.

Sex/Nudity:  Many (70) brief incidents including light kissing as well as passionate kissing; hand holding; dancing; touching face; carrying character; arms around; hugging; flirting; character laying head in lap while other character plays with her hair; character removing clothing to bathe or sleep; character naked and oiling self for wrestling lesson; removed character’s clothing for cleaning purposes; thinking about kissing and having children; tattoos in intimate places; thoughts of another character being with someone; reference to animals breeding; character nearly naked; teasing character about seeing another character naked and liking it; characters sleeping in the same bed; second hand report of prostitution; saying character is pregnant; joking about stripping; character removes clothing to make another character uncomfortable.

Mature Subject Matter:

Starvation; death; killing; suicide; torture; binging and purging.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters drinking frequently; alcohol served at a party; character purchasing liquor; reference to how liquor makes you feel; minor character drinking with adult character; character vomiting wine; drinking wine with dinner; referring to characters being drunk; characters addicted to a drug; needle used to make character unconscious.

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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.