Teens fight morality battles in futurist novel


Catching Fire, 400 pages by Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2009), $17.99 Catching Fire, 400 pages by Suzanne Collins Scholastic Press (2009), $17.99 (Editor's note: This is the second in an occasional series of book reviews by Milam County youth. If you would like to contribute a book review or know of someone who would email Christine Granados at No prior writing experience is necessary, just a love of books.)

This is a "Gladiator" type of story and a sequel to the futuristic book "The Hunger Games." I love both these books but a person needs to read "The Hunger Games" first to understand "Catching Fire."

The story starts after Katniss Everdeen won the Hunger Games, which is a fight to the death for the entertainment of the people in the districts of the nation Panem. Katniss thinks her life will soon go back to normal. After a visit from the president of Panem, she sees that nothing will go back to the way it was.

She and her partner from the "Hunger Games," Peeta Mellark, have aided in starting revolts without meaning to in the 12 districts that lie outside the Capitol.

When the time comes for the 75th annual games the Capitol throws in a twist, instead of picking contestants from the children, ages 12 to 18, as they normally do, they pick from the existing victors.

Katniss and Peeta will have to go back into the arena this time against each other. The story is full of suspense and keeps you on edge.

I give both "Catching Fire" and "The Hunger Games" a five star rating and Stephanie Meyer, author of "Twilight," recommends it as well.

Alix Hoffman is a seventh grader at Thorndale Middle School.

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