Reviews for Catching Fire
AudioFile Reviews 2009 October/November
This story and audio fulfill the promise of the stunning debut in this series, THE HUNGER GAMES, in which a cruel contest required 24 young people to fight in mortal combat. Carolyn McCormick delivers the first-person narrative of Katniss, the heroine whose brilliant strategy in that book thwarted tradition and turned her and her partner, Peeta, into victors. McCormick's phrasing is clipped, almost staccato, a style that embodies Katniss's secretive, wary attitudes. The tension builds as the oppression of the controlling President Snow inflames rebellion in Katniss and her fellow citizens. At the climax McCormick narrates at a breakneck pace as Katniss and Peeta compete against all previous winners of the combat tournament. Listeners will be eager for the next installment. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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.
School Library Journal Reviews 2010 March
Gr 7 Up--In the second title (2009) in Suzanne Collins's planned trilogy, set in the dystopic nation of Panem, Katniss has survived The Hunger Games (2008, both Scholastic), a fight to the death, and learns that she is now considered a danger to the Capital because she has become a symbol of rebellion. President Snow lets her know he is out to "get her" and those she loves. After she and Peeta complete a victory tour to all of the districts and witness firsthand the unrest and force used to squelch it, she learns that in this year of the Quarter Quell (a special version of The Games), former champions are to be the competitors once again. She enters this game with one goal in mind--to keep Peeta alive. The only problem is that he has the same goal. Suspense abounds as, along with Katniss, listeners experience the games once again, with new secrets and questions about the "true" loyalty of her supposed allies. Katniss's feelings about Peeta and Gale continue to confuse her, sometimes clouding her thinking. While Carolyn McCormick's voice sounds older than one might expect for Katniss, she perfectly captures all of her moods. She is very versatile in voicing Peeta's earnestness, Gale's quiet strength, Haymitch's sarcasm, and the feelings of all the lesser characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and fans of the series will eagerly await the next installment.--Edie Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC [Page 65]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.