Sequels can be hard – especially when they follow a hugely successful story. Catching Fire does everything a good sequel should. It picks up after the somewhat happy ending of the previous story and raises the stakes. There are consequences and now we’re going to have to deal with them. This builds toward the inevitable and epic conclusion that will take place in Book 3.
At the end of The Hunger Games, we had hopes for Katniss. She had defied the odds and managed to survive. Now she can have hope of a future – maybe even a little happiness. In Catching Fire we go along the journey with her, realising that none of this is as simple as we thought it was. Sometimes victory can be the greater defeat.
There was good use of subtle foreshadowing on this book, so when the big surprise ending comes, it’s not at all jarring. It makes sense.
This story is an emotional roller coaster of raising and falling hopes. There are new twists which keep everything fresh. It all comes together in a very satisfying end, which opens the way very well into the next book.