Catching Fire, the second book in American author Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy, was published in 2009. It picks up where the first book left off, with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark returning to District 12 after winning the 74th Hunger Games. Their victory has sparked a rebellion that President Snow is determined to quell. Katniss and Peeta are sent back into the arena for the 75th Hunger Games, where they must fight for their lives against other past victors. The novel explores themes of survival, political unrest, and the personal costs of resistance. Explore a plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Katniss Everdeen, and important quotes, and learn more about Suzanne Collins.


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Literary Devices

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