Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
391 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by terbidoodles

A highly interesting read, but contains violence and problematic morality.


After their unprecedented joint victory in the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark find out that their actions during the games were seen as a rebellion against the Capitol, and have unknowingly incited revolts in some of the districts. Since nearly a year has passed since the last Hunger Games, it's time for the 75th to start. Because it's the Quarter Quell (which happens every 25th anniversary of the Games), the Capitol introduces a twist to the already violent and barbaric Games that leaves everyone shocked.


Morality is problematic throughout the story. It would seem that doing something wrong is justifiable if it is done with the right motives.

Spiritual Content



Just as in the first book, there is a substantial amount of violence. Several characters are killed or punished violently. Injuries are sometimes described in a very graphic way.

Drug and Alcohol Content

A couple of characters are often drunk or are addicted to drugs. Drinking is mentioned often.

Sexual Content

There are lots of kissing and hugging, and two characters sleep in bed together repeatedly, though nothing sexual happens between them. An attractive woman strips a couple of times. A man pays starving young women for sex.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Several characters are mentioned as shouting obscenities at each other, but the actual words are not indicated.


This is a fast-paced, action-packed sequel to the first book and is even more violent than the first. Younger readers should beware before reading this because of the violence and blurred morality lines.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 2.5
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
Did we miss something? Let us know!

This review is brought to you by terbidoodles.
Read more reviews by terbidoodles