Following the conclusion of the Hunger Games in the second book of Suzanne Collins series, Katniss and Peeta think that they're finally out of harm's way. Things may not be exactly as they would have expected but at least they're home. Little do they know however that their stunt in the arena in having a domino effect across the Districts. People are beginning to question the authority of the Capitol and President Snow isn't pleased. When the time comes for the next Hunger Games he has a surprise for them: the tributes for this years games will be made up of past winners. Since District 12 only has three living winners the odds are definitely not in their favor.
It's not very often that the sequel is better than the first but in the case of Catching Fire I definitely think this is the case. We know more about Katniss and Peeta now and we have watched them grow from the children they were in the first book to the strong leading characters they are now. The story is now even more tragic as the pair are faced with even more challenges and difficult choices. Just like the first one the pacing is perfect, it's action packed and keeps you interested.
Finally, I like this book better because the story, though still reminiscent of Running Man, was filled with benevolence and passion. It pulled at your spirit in away the first one didn't and gave you a lot to think about in regards to human compassion and selflessness. All in all a great sequel, that doesn't disappoint. On to Mockingjay.