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Catching Fire  
Catching fire.JPG
North American first edition cover
Author(s)Suzanne Collins
Cover artistTim O'Brien
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Hunger Games trilogy
Genre(s)Adventure
Dystopian
Science fiction
Action
PublisherScholastic
Publication dateSeptember 1, 2009
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages391
ISBN978-0-439-02349-8
OCLC Number288932790
Dewey Decimal[Fic] 22
LC ClassificationPZ7.C6837 Cat 2009
Preceded byThe Hunger Games
Followed byMockingjay
 
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Catching Fire  
Catching fire.JPG
North American first edition cover
Author(s)Suzanne Collins
Cover artistTim O'Brien
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesThe Hunger Games trilogy
Genre(s)Adventure
Dystopian
Science fiction
Action
PublisherScholastic
Publication dateSeptember 1, 2009
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages391
ISBN978-0-439-02349-8
OCLC Number288932790
Dewey Decimal[Fic] 22
LC ClassificationPZ7.C6837 Cat 2009
Preceded byThe Hunger Games
Followed byMockingjay

Catching Fire is a young adult novel by American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller The Hunger Games, it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. Following the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the oppressive Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the Hunger Games.

The book was first published on September 1, 2009,[1] by Scholastic, in hardcover, and was later released in ebook and audiobook format. A film adaptation of the novel is set to be released on November 22, 2013. According to critics, major themes of the novel include survival, government control, rebellion, and interdependence vs. independence. Catching Fire has received mostly positive reviews, with reviewers praising Collins' prose, the book's ending, and the development of Katniss's character. Catching Fire was followed by the release of the final novel in the series, Mockingjay, on August 24, 2010.[2][3]

Contents

Synopsis

Setting

Catching Fire takes place in the fictional nation Panem, which is located in what was once the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It is told from the perspective of Katniss Everdeen, a seventeen-year-old girl who won the 74th Hunger Games with fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark. The Capitol, the chief city and seat of the government of Panem, is located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.[4] District 12, Katniss's home, is located in the coal rich Appalachian Mountains.[4] There are a total of twelve districts in Panem, with a former thirteenth district having been destroyed in a failed rebellion against the Capitol seventy-five years prior to the events of the book. The Hunger Games are an annual event, devised by the Capitol to keep the districts united under its power, in which one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 to 18 from each of the twelve districts are selected to compete in a televised battle to the death.

Plot

After winning the 74th Hunger Games in the previous novel, Katniss and Peeta return home to District 12, the poorest sector in the country of Panem. Both of them receive considerable wealth and are living in the affluent Victor's Village of the district; however, they have rarely spoken since winning the Games, as Peeta realized that Katniss's proclaimed love towards him was exaggerated at their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy's, request in order to receive life-saving gifts from sponsors. Katniss struggles to understand her feelings about Peeta and her best friend, Gale, who kissed Katniss upon her return to District 12. As part of their duties as victors of the Hunger Games, they are preparing to embark on a "Victory Tour" to all districts within Panem. The day Katniss is due to leave, the Capitol's President Snow arrives at her home and sternly warns her that she must convince Panem's citizens that she and Peeta are truly in love; their actions in the Games have sparked unrest across the districts and many believe their attempted suicide was actually a defiant act against the Capitol rather than a sacrifice for love. Snow indirectly threatens both Gale's and Katniss' families.

The Victory Tour's first stop is District 11, home of Rue, Katniss' former friend and ally in the 74th Hunger Games. During the ceremony, Katniss and Peeta deliver quick speeches to the people of District 11, thanking them for their tributes. Peeta offers to donate a portion of both his and Katniss's Victory winnings to the family of Rue, and also to that of Thresh, the other fallen District 11 tribute. When the speeches conclude, an old man whistles the tune that Rue used in the Hunger Games arena to signal Katniss she was safe. The song prompts everyone to salute Katniss with the same gesture she used to bid farewell to Rue. However, the old man is shot dead, and the Capitol refuses to let the pair make any more personal speeches during the tour. Katniss and Peeta then travel to all twelve districts and the Capitol. Katniss urges Peeta to emphasise their supposed love and, during a televised interview, Peeta proposes to Katniss. The Capitol responds by planning an elaborate wedding ceremony for the two. Despite this, Katniss learns that their attempts to subdue rebellion in the districts and convincing Snow they are in love have failed. Back in District 12, Katniss accidentally sees a secret TV report showing a violent uprising in District 8, where many citizens are killed by Peacekeepers, Panem's security force. After this event, District's 12's security is massively tightened, and the current Peacekeepers are replaced with stricter ones. Gale is whipped by the new Head Peacekeeper for hunting, and the fence surrounding District 12 is now constantly electrified, effectively barring Katniss from escape or hunting. Katniss had made it into the woods where she encountered two runaways from District 8. She offered them food, and they have a theory that District 13 was not wiped out by the Capitol and that its residents have gone underground. She is able to get over the electrified fence and back into the district, but is slightly injured.

Later, Cinna and Katniss's prep team arrive to help Katniss prepare for her bridal shoot. The stylists tell her about supply shortages across the Capitol, leading Katniss to suspect that rebellions and uprisings are spreading across Panem. President Snow announces that, for the 75th Hunger Games, as part of the "Quarter Quell", a special edition of the Games every quarter-century, tributes will be reaped from a pool of all living Victors of past Hunger Games. Desperate to prepare, Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch begin training and studying the winning tactics of past victors. Being the only living female victor from District 12, Katniss is chosen for the Quarter Quell by default. When Haymitch is chosen as male tribute, Peeta volunteers in his place to protect Katniss.

After arriving at the Capitol, Katniss and Peeta look for potential allies among the other tributes. Katniss meets Finnick Odair, a 24-year-old man who successfully survived the Games at age 14, and Mags, Finnick's 80-year-old mentor, both from District 4. She also meets Beetee and Wiress, older tributes from District 3 who are said to be "exceptionally smart" and adept at working with electronics. Beetee and Wiress tell Katniss that the Capitol leaves the control panels for their force fields in plain sight, making them vulnerable. During the training display for the Gamemakers, Peeta and Katniss show their defiance towards the Capitol and at being forced to return to the Games; Peeta paints a picture of Rue's death and Katniss hangs a training dummy, labeling it, "Seneca Crane," the previous Gamemaker who was executed after declaring both Katniss and Peeta Hunger Game victors. During the pre-game interviews, Katniss wears a bridal gown designed by Cinna that harmlessly burns away to reveal a mockingjay costume, the symbol of the rebel cause; during Peeta's interview, he manipulates the audience by revealing that he and Katniss are "married" and that Katniss is "pregnant," provoking outrage from the bloodthirsty audience regarding their plight. Seconds before the Games are about to begin, Katniss watches helplessly as several Peacekeepers arrive and beat Cinna, then drag him away.

The new Games arena is a beach and jungle terrain with the Cornucopia located on a small island in the center of a miniature sea. The arena resembles an analog clock with one lethal event occurring every hour on a twelve hour cycle. When the Games start, Katniss and Peeta form an impromptu alliance with Finnick and Mags. They search for the arena's perimeter, but Peeta runs into the force field at the edge, stopping his heart. Finnick revives him using CPR, though Peeta is weakened from the incident. At midnight, lightning strikes a nearby tree, and the next hour the Gamemakers release a poisonous fog in the group's location. The toxic fog causes nerve failure and muscle spasms which inhibits their running while Katniss tries to carry Mags and Finnick carries Peeta. Mags sacrifices herself when Katniss can no longer carry her, allowing the other three to escape. After Mags's death, the group is attacked by mutated monkeys, but all three survive, thanks to the female tribute from District 6 sacrificing herself to save Peeta. Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick join forces with Johanna Mason, a sarcastic and often cruel victor from District 7, an injured Beetee, and Wiress, who is in shock and repeatedly mumbles "tick tock." From Wiress's words, Katniss realizes that the arena is arranged like a clock, with the Gamemakers' disasters occurring on a timed chart, signaled by the lightning at 12 o'clock.

While gathered at the central Cornucopia, the Careers attack the group, killing Wiress, and a battle ensues until the Gamemakers cut it short by rapidly shifting the terrain and disorienting the Tributes. Beetee devises a plan to harness the arena's lightning to supposedly electrocute the rest of the Career tributes when they venture near the water. At night, the group splits to prepare for the plan, but is attacked separately by the remaining tributes. Katniss is knocked out and has her tracker removed by Johanna. Johanna then leads the two remaining careers away from Katniss. An injured Katniss comes across Beetee, holding a knife tied to the wire and appearing to have planned to direct the knife into the force field. Katniss realizes the plan all along was to destroy the forcefield, and she directs the lightning at the force field's control panel with an arrow tied to the wire, destroying the force field and temporarily paralyzing her. When she awakens, Katniss discovers she is being transported to District 13: a place widely believed to no longer exist. She is joined by Finnick, Beetee, and Haymitch, but learns that the Capitol has captured Peeta and Johanna. Katniss is told that there had been a plan among most of the tributes, Haymitch, and Head Gamemaker Plutarch, who secretly opposes the Capitol, to break her and Peeta out of the arena. Katniss's image has become the symbol of the rebellion, which has spread to almost every district during the Games, and all the victors in the alliance were determined to sacrifice themselves to keep Katniss alive. Finally, Gale informs Katniss that, although he escaped with her family, District 12 has been bombed and destroyed, filling Gale with a burning hate to destroy the Capitol as well.

Publication history

Catching Fire had a preliminary hardcover release date of September 8, 2009 which was moved up to September 1, 2009 in response to requests by retailers to move the release to before Labor Day and the start of school for many readers.[5] It was also published as an audiobook on the same day.[6] Advance reading copies were available at BookExpo America in New York City,[7] and were sent out to some booksellers, and offered as prizes in Scholastic's "How Would You Survive" writing contest in May 2009. An eBook version was also published on June 3, 2010.[6] Catching Fire had an initial print of 350,000 copies.[5] The book has over 750,000 copies in print.[8]

Themes

One of the main themes in the book is survival.[9]

Another main theme is interdependence versus independence. As one reviewer noted, "In The Hunger Games book 2, Katniss and Peeta are definitely interdependent. They are both helping each other to survive. As a matter of fact, they want the other one to survive more than they do themselves." The reviewer goes on to comment how this actually increases the chances of each character dying.[10]

Government control is another important theme throughout the book and the series. After overpowering the first rebellion, the Capitol sets up rules in order to restrict and control the citizens' lives. Examples include how, "the 75th annual Hunger Games have 'new' rules that cause Katniss and Peeta to be in danger once again. More 'Peacekeepers' are placed in districts to quash any hope that the citizens started to have after the last Hunger Games."[10] Another major theme throughout the trilogy is the Media and the influence or power that the media has over a populations' emotions, wishes and views. Other themes in the book include morality, obedience, sacrifice, redemption, love, and law.[9]

Critical reception

Catching Fire received mainly positive reviews from critics. Publishers Weekly wrote, "If this second installment spends too much time recapping events from book one, it doesn't disappoint when it segues into the pulse-pounding action readers have come to expect."[11] Booklist commented on how the "unadorned prose provides an open window to perfect pacing and electrifying world building".[9] A review from The New York Times also gave a positive review, writing, "Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book. As a reader, I felt excited and even hopeful: could it be that this series and its characters were actually going somewhere?" and also praised how Katniss became more sophisticated in the book.[12] The Plain Dealer wrote, "The very last sentence of Catching Fire will leave readers gasping. Not to mention primed for part three."[13]

However, not all reviews were positive. The same review from The Plain Dealer became annoyed at how, "after 150 pages of romantic dithering, I was tapping my foot to move on."[13] A review from Entertainment Weekly called the book weaker than the first and wrote, "Katniss pretends to be in love with her sweet-natured Games teammate Peeta Mellark, but she secretly pines for brooding Gale, a childhood friend. Except — why? There's little distinction between the two thinly imagined guys, other than the fact that Peeta has a dopier name. Collins conjures none of the erotic energy that makes Twilight, for instance, so creepily alluring."[14]

In addition, Time magazine named Catching Fire the fourth top fiction book of 2009,[15] while People magazine rated it the eighth Best Book of 2009.[16] It also won Publishers Weekly's Best Book of the Year for 2009 award.[17]

Film adaptation

Lionsgate announced that a film adaptation of Catching Fire will be released as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013,[18] as a sequel to the film adaptation of The Hunger Games, with principal photography to take place in September 2012. The shooting timeframe was co-ordinated between Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox, in order to allow time for star Jennifer Lawrence to shoot X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sequel to Fox's X-Men: First Class, in January 2013.[19] The success of The Hunger Games has become Jennifer Lawrence's breakout role, but has admitted it took her three days until she accepted the role of Katniss Everdeen. In an interview, she reveals that "the size of the decision was terrifying." [20] Known for consistently doing indie movies as opposed to studio movies, she says, "the size of the movie doesn't matter." [21] Her mother called her a hypocrite and convinced her to take the role, to which she now does not regret. [22]

On April 10, 2012, it was announced that Gary Ross, director of The Hunger Games, would not return due to a 'tight' and 'fitted' schedule.[23] On April 19, 2012, it was announced that Francis Lawrence was offered the director position for the film. According to sources, the adaptation must be done filming by December 2012 to fit Jennifer Lawrence's schedule.[24] Lionsgate officially announced Francis Lawrence as the director for Catching Fire on May 3, 2012.[25] Two days later, it was reported that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is in talks to re-write the script for Catching Fire.[26] On May 24, 2012, the film was renamed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.[27] The film will feature sequences filmed in the IMAX format.[28]

In July 2012, it was announced that Jena Malone would portray Johanna Mason,[29] that Philip Seymour Hoffman would portray Plutarch Heavensbee,[30] and that Amanda Plummer would portray Wiress[citation needed]. Shortly after, Lionsgate announced that they will officially split the third installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, into two films, [31] with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 hitting theaters on November 21, 2014, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on November 20, 2015.[32] In August 2012, Lynn Cohen was cast as Mags,[33] Meta Golding was cast as Enobaria,[citation needed] Bruno Gunn was cast as Brutus,[citation needed] Alan Ritchson was cast as Gloss,[34] and E. Roger Mitchell was cast as Chaff.[citation needed] On August 13, Maria Howell was cast as Seeder. On August 14, 2012, Stephanie Leigh Schlund was cast as Cashmere.

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