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Content Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

by Suzanne Collins                                                                                                                                  Review by Andria

Intended audience: YA
Age of main character: 17

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Sexual Content:



-There is quite a bit of violence in this book, including spearings, stabbings, and poisonings, but not a lot of explicit details. In trying to explain this book, I find myself saying over and over, "It's not as bad as it sounds!" And it's true. How can you describe a book where 24 children have to kill each other or be killed? Somehow Suzanne Collins has done it well and I'm telling's not as bad as it sounds. That being said, I definitely think that it is not a book for young or squeamish kids.

-Katniss recalls how several people died in the Games. She says her father was ‘blown to bits’ in the mines. Soliders execute an elderly man. Gale is publically beaten by soliders. The government blows up a factory, intentionally killing the people inside. Katniss makes a noose and hangs a dummy from it to make the judges angry. Cinna is beaten by people from the Capitol.  Winners of previous games are thrown together and have to kill each other to survive.

Other notables:

Katniss and Peeta buy liquor for their alcoholic mentor, Haymitch, described as being ‘wasted’, ‘inebriated’. Previous winners oftentimes become drug addicts or alchoholics.

Was it any good?

-I LOVE THESE BOOKS!! Suzanne Collins is a fantastic writer! I can't wait for the next book to come out!!


9 out of 10

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439023491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439023498
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