I preferred Catching Fire to The Hunger Games, the story is more complex. Katniss Everdeen the heroine of The Hunger Games has returned home to District 12. Before the games the victor had been promised a comfortable life, but this isn’t to be. Her act of defiance at The Hunger Games wowed the audience but alarmed President Snow. President Snow wants her eliminated and for the 75th Hunger Games a Quell is announced whereby past victors are drawn to fight in the arena. Which means Katniss, as the only female victor ever from District 12, has to take part. She is joined by Peeta her co-victor from the last games and a collection of previous champions. The real enemy isn’t the other contestants but President Snow and the state apparatus. There is unrest in the districts and the peacekeepers have been acting in a heavy handed manner. Gale, her “cousin”, has been flogged in the square for poaching and is part of a complicated love triangle with Katniss and Peeta, complicated because Katniss isn’t really interested in a relationship “I really can’t think about kissing when I’ve got a rebellion to incite” and complicated because she had to pretend to be in love with Peeta for the Games, Peeta didn’t have to pretend to love Katniss.
I also read the book before seeing the film, which I think is a better way to appreciate the book. It is a real page turner.
My rating 5 out of 5