Sunday, October 9, 2011
Catching Fire caught me by surprise several times with the many twists and unexpected turns it takes, leading the reader on a continuous adventure. The second book in The Hunger Games series starts out at a mild pace but quickly gains speed as Katniss and Peeta head out on their victory tour. President Snow has told Katniss to calm the people in the districts but they see Katniss as an inspiration and the mockingjay has become their symbol of rebellion. Katniss just wants to protect her family and do as she is told but things quickly spiral out of control and Katniss finds herself back in competition fighting for her life.
My son and I read this book in tandem, each with our own copy, talking about it everyday. My favorite memory reading Catching Fire is sitting on the patio swing with my son on a Sunday afternoon reading it quietly together. Another fun memory is when he was reading it in the car and at a stoplight I was reading over his shoulder, when the book revealed a secret I hadn't yet read. I love that this series by Collins reaches across generations and I can't wait to read the third book, Mockingjay, with my son. This book is not just for teenagers!