Reviews for Catching Fire

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #2
This second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy is as action-packed as the first, with Katniss and Peeta back in the Games (this time with the Arena configured as a giant clock, each hour's wedge unleashing its own lethal danger) and uprisings against the despotic Capitol fomenting into out-and-out revolution. Narrator McCormick's rounded, dulcet tones and careful enunciation may at first seem an odd fit for the Games-hardened Katniss. But strong emotions are always right below the surface here, with Katniss concentrating on survival in one moment and agonizing about her family's safety or her conflicting feelings about Gale and Peeta in another. McCormick can turn, vocally, on a dime, instantly accessing those emotions and wringing from this inventive, fast-paced series all the drama, pathos, and tension possible. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 March

Gr 7 Up--In the second title (2009) in Suzanne Collins's planned trilogy, set in the dystopic nation of Panem, Katniss has survived The Hunger Games (2008, both Scholastic), a fight to the death, and learns that she is now considered a danger to the Capital because she has become a symbol of rebellion. President Snow lets her know he is out to "get her" and those she loves. After she and Peeta complete a victory tour to all of the districts and witness firsthand the unrest and force used to squelch it, she learns that in this year of the Quarter Quell (a special version of The Games), former champions are to be the competitors once again. She enters this game with one goal in mind--to keep Peeta alive. The only problem is that he has the same goal. Suspense abounds as, along with Katniss, listeners experience the games once again, with new secrets and questions about the "true" loyalty of her supposed allies. Katniss's feelings about Peeta and Gale continue to confuse her, sometimes clouding her thinking. While Carolyn McCormick's voice sounds older than one might expect for Katniss, she perfectly captures all of her moods. She is very versatile in voicing Peeta's earnestness, Gale's quiet strength, Haymitch's sarcasm, and the feelings of all the lesser characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and fans of the series will eagerly await the next installment.--Edie Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC

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