Reviews for Catching Fire
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #2
This second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy is as action-packed as the first, with Katniss and Peeta back in the Games (this time with the Arena configured as a giant clock, each hour's wedge unleashing its own lethal danger) and uprisings against the despotic Capitol fomenting into out-and-out revolution. Narrator McCormick's rounded, dulcet tones and careful enunciation may at first seem an odd fit for the Games-hardened Katniss. But strong emotions are always right below the surface here, with Katniss concentrating on survival in one moment and agonizing about her family's safety or her conflicting feelings about Gale and Peeta in another. McCormick can turn, vocally, on a dime, instantly accessing those emotions and wringing from this inventive, fast-paced series all the drama, pathos, and tension possible. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.