Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2)
Sparks are igniting. Flames are spreading. And the Capitol wants revenge. Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol– a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create. Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
Excerpt taken from book flap.
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Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
A young woman buys liquor for a friend. He’s a regular drunk but had a fit when there wasn’t alcohol to buy and his hallucinations scared many. His house smells of liquor and vomit among other things. The young woman find him sleeping on the table in a small puddle of liquor.
The smell of wine is strong as a man answers the door.
A prep team is exhausted so drinks lots of coffee and shares brightly colored pills.
A man has a hangover.
A young woman is given sleeping pills.
“Streams of spirits” are served at a party. A team is “nearly incoherent” with how much they’ve consumed. Many people are very drunk. One man is dragged out by two people.
A man was out buying white liquor in the morning and then goes missing.
A man is given liquid painkillers for whipping wounds.
A man is “dead drunk.”
After the local bar is burned down, a man looks for rubbing alcohol which his friends determine will kill him so they give him spare bottles of liquor from their houses.
A young woman is given tea with sleep syrup.
A man has a half empty bottle of liquor in front of him and is drunk. A young woman drinks with him. She drinks enough to pass out and get sick.
A man swigs from a bottle of wine.
Two people are said to be morphling addicts.
Two men pass a liquor bottle back and forth.
A man vomits wine.
A man orders wine.
A group of people drink wine.
A young woman is given a sedative. When she wakes up enough she moans until they give her painkiller.
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
A young woman briefly kisses a young man.
A man takes a young woman’s face in his hands and kisses her.
A young woman runs to a young man and kisses him, they fall, she lands on top of him and they kiss more.
A young woman strips off wet clothes and crawls into bed in her underwear.
A prep team wants to make alterations to a young woman’s body. She wonders if they want to tattoo her breasts?
A couple share a small kiss.
A young man rouses a young woman from nightmares then crawls into bed with her. This happens multiple times, rumors are started and the young woman says they’ll be discreet. Sex is assumed but it is vague. They sleep in the same bed for comfort from nightmares, not intimacy.
A young man (17) proposes to a young woman (17) and she accepts.
The famous mockingjay symbol has been tattooed in “intimate places.”
A man is hated for his habit of luring in young women who are starving. He uses them for sex then pays them. Some do it to pay for food for their family.
A young woman softly kisses a man.
A man is almost naked in a costume except for a small part covering his groin.
A man kisses a young woman he just meets.
A woman unzips her dress and stands stark naked. She chats with a young man who has lights on his clothes and they reflect on her breasts. She later strips down again and slathers oil on for a wrestling session.
A young woman sleeps naked.
A young man and young woman sleep in the same bed. No intimacy. Just cuddling. This happens a few times.
A friend who is a man, helps a young woman get dressed over her undergarments.
A young man pretends he is married and that his wife is pregnant.
A young man and young woman strip off most of their clothes and jump in water. They take off another man’s clothes to do the same. It is for medicinal purposes. their clothes are too ruined to wear. They take off another man and woman’s clothes and underwear that are saturated in blood.
A young woman kisses a young man. She feels a spark for him and the warmth fills her body, wanting more. He kisses her gently.
A young woman takes a young man’s face in her hands and kisses him.
In a hospital gown a young woman is naked underneath.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
A young woman pours cold water over a man’s head, he awakes with a knife in his hand, swinging it.
A man vaguely admits to executing another man. He also threatens to kill another man and multiple families.
A young woman remembers the death of a 12 year old and pictures the spear in her gut.
A young man paints pictures of the previous games. One was of a young woman unconscious in a pool of blood. A young woman dreams similar scenes of the games; a twelve year old dying, a young man being eaten by wolves, a young man bleeding almost to death,and a bloated body disintegrating in her hands.
An old man is forced to his knees and shot in the head. Two more shots are heard. A young woman replays this over and over in her mind.
A woman is ordered out of an area and jabbed with a gun to get her going.
An uprising is happening. A news report on tv shows people in a main square with masks on and throwing bricks. Buildings are on fire. Soldiers shoot into the crowd, killing.
A man is whipped for hunting, he is lashed 40 times, he passes out at 30. He is tied to a pole in the square and whipped to unconsciousness. His back is a “raw, bloody slab of meat.” A young woman stands between him and the whip and gets whipped across her face. She falls from the pain and sees the man’s blood on the ground. A man now intervenes, stepping over an unconscious soldier with a welt on his head. The soldier tried to intervene after 20 lashes but was hit in the head with the butt of a rifle. The people leave with a threat of the firing squad if the man hunts again. The healer cleans the wounds and it is very bloody.
A young woman dreams of another young woman chasing her, holding her down and cutting her face.
A young woman realizes if she takes a certain step she will probably be arrested, tortured and possibly killed. Then she realizes that these things might happen to her loved ones.
Along the roof of the main square buildings there are men with machine guns. A whipping post, stockades and gallows are set up. People are dragged in for long overlooked crimes.
A woman holds a gun out to shoot a young woman but drops it when she produces a bow and arrow.
In an uprising, the soldiers were killed, weapons stolen. Hovercrafts fight back with bombs. People were required to watch instigators be hanged on TV. When ordered to go back to work, the factory was bombed.
A young woman dreams of large animals attacking her. Later she dreams of a large rodent gnawing on her face.
A young woman breaks a window with her hands and needs stitches.
A man lashes out at a young man with a knife.
Three people practice throwing knives, combat skills and fighting hand to hand.
A crowd of people have machine guns pointed at them.
In a recording of another Games, flowers and food were poisonous, squirrels and butterflies were deadly. 18 are killed in the first day. A young woman dips her darts in the poisons and kills people with them. A volcano kills many. A young man kills 2 people that corner him, a young woman kills the other with a dart. The young woman is killed by birds who skewer her through the neck. Another is killed in combat, another by squirrels. The young man fights a bloody battle with another young woman, he runs, trying to hold his intestines in. She has blood flowing from her eye when the ax she throws hits her in the head. The young man is convulsing on the ground.
In another previous game, a man tangled his competitors with a net then killed them with a trident.
As a punishment, people’s tongues have been cut out. A young woman dreams about them being cut out.
In hand to hand combat, a young woman tore an opponent’s neck flesh with her teeth.
A man is held down, arrested and beaten in front of a young woman. He is hit in the temple so hard he falls to his knees, then 3 men hit him with metal studded gloves leaving gashes on his face. When they drag him away it leaves blood streaks on the floor.
A young woman hears the impact of a trident hitting flesh then turns and sees the trident being pulled out of a man’s chest. The young woman shoots an arrow at a woman but misses. She shoots an arrow in a man’s calf. She grabs another bow, arrows, an awl (like an ice pick) and two knives. She shoots an arrow at a man but he blocks it with a belt. It spews a purple liquid and the man falls. Later, she looks at the area from up high and just sees blood and bodies. A young woman debates killing an ally. A young man gets electrocuted, flinging him far and knocking down others, the young woman cannot hear his heartbeat. A man performs CPR on him, effectively blocking the young woman and sending her sprawling while she tries to stop him. Multiple people die. A fog blisters their skin, filled with chemicals that target their nerves, making their skin sag and limbs immovable. An older lady who needs to be carried sacrifices herself and runs into the fog. Later, monkeys attack a young man with their fangs and claws. A young woman shoots many arrows, a man spears them, a young man slashed them with a knife. They fight off multiple, losing the battle, then a woman is attack with the fangs of one. A young man stabs it many times until it releases. They grab the woman and see the puncture wounds, knowing it did deep internal damage. She fingers her blood and draws on the young man’s cheek with it, then dies.
A man dies from electrocution. Heavy blood rains down. One man has a knife wound. A woman slaps a young woman. Thee young woman thinks about how these people will die and if she can do it. She then daydreams about killing a certain leader.
A man slits a woman’s throat. A young woman shoots an arrow in his temple. A woman hits another woman in the chest with an axe. A spear is blocked, and a knife in a thigh. A young woman goes to get something off a floating body and gasps on the bloody water.
A young woman hears the voice of her younger sister screaming in pain. When she finds that it is a bird making the noise she shoots it with an arrow, wrings its neck and throws it. Then a man recognizes a voice and the scene is played over again. Panic grips them each time. They realize the bird would only mimic those noises and the thought terrifies them how the birds would get those noises. A young man’s scream is heard and they run away. Then run into an invisible barrier hurting themselves. Then they curl themselves in balls as the voices of the people they love scream in pain.
A young woman goes mad when someone she knows gets beheaded in the Games. An earthquake broke a dam and everyone died but her.
A body is removed that is in 5 different pieces.
A woman smashes something into a young woman’s head then sits on her, pinning her and digs a knife into her arm. She then takes the blood and covers the young woman’s face. She looks at her wound and it sprays her in the face with blood. A man is unconscious, a wound on his arm. A young woman preps to shoot people with an arrow.
Explosions are everywhere. A young woman passes out from blood loss. She is in and out multiple times. She considers killing a man to save him from a certain fate. She decides to find a young man to save him from the same fate and grabs a syringe for him. She rakes her fingernails down a man’s face causing blood to flow. She is dragged to a hospital bed and tied down then given a sedative.
Bombs are dropped on a town.
Potentially Intense Themes
Two young fathers have died in a mining accident.
A young man and young woman are appalled when rich people drink a drink to make them puke so they can keep eating. Where these two are from, many are starving.
A child has measles.
Many people are publicly punished or die of starvation.
A young man and young woman are chosen to participate in the games again.
A man pretends to hang himself to get a young woman to laugh.
A young woman hangs a dummy from a noose and writes a name on it with red juice.