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Catching Fire: The Hunger Games, Book 2

By Edward T. Sullivan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sequel just as gripping -- and brutal -- as the first.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 11+


The sequel to The Hunger Games is definitely more violent than predecessor, but it's not bad There's no swearing - maybe the occasional uses of damn, hell, etc. Kissing is the most inappropriate content, nothing more. I think at one point Katniss and Peeta sleep together, but it's really just sleep and honestly nothing more. If your kids can handle violence - LET THEM READ IT

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Very good book for teenagers

Has a TON of violence, but that's really the only thing about it that makes it inappropriate for younger kids. There isn't any swearing or sex, however there is some drinking and one of the main characters attempts to get drunk. Only let your kids read it if they're above 13 or very mature younger children

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (41):
Kids say (283):

Collins does not disappoint in this enthralling, entirely satisfying sequel. The pace is a little slower and the emphasis more on character than plot -- Katniss grows considerable as a character -- but readers will find CATCHING FIRE as much of a gripping page-turner as The Hunger Games. More of the story takes place outside the arena than within, but there is plenty of action-packed combat.

Collins offers readers intriguing insights into the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and the spreading rebellion. The story is equally rich in provocative political and social commentary, and exploring epic themes of morality, obedience, oppression, rebellion, redemption, sacrifice and, of course, survival. The author also creates a tantalizing and unresolved love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale that will leave questioning readers desperate for the next installment. This novel can stand alone but readers will have a much a richer experience if they begin with The Hunger Games.

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