full title Catching Fire
author Suzanne Collins
type of work novel
genre dystopia; young adult
time and place written Connecticut, United States, in the mid- to late-2000s
date of first publication September, 2009
publisher Scholastic Press
narrator Katniss Everdeen narrates as the events of the novel occur.
point of view Katniss tells her story in the first person and mixes details of her personal history in as she describes events that are presently occurring. She mostly describes events objectively, but often she’ll also imagine what other characters must be feeling.
tone Mostly stoic, but occasionally very emotional
setting (time) An indeterminate time more than one hundred years in the future. The novel specifically centers on the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games.
setting (place) Panem, the country created after the governments of North America collapsed, and a tropical island in an undisclosed location
protagonist Katniss Everdeen
major conflict Having angered the Capitol at the end of the previous novel, Katniss struggles to keep her loved ones and herself safe as an undercurrent of rebellion grows in Panem and she finds herself fighting for her life again in the 75th Hunger Games.
rising action Katniss deals with threats from President Snow as she tries not to inflame tensions in the districts and begins to learn about an underground rebellion growing across Panem.
climax In the arena, Katniss helps bring down the force field after realizing there is some sort of plot in motion by the other tributes involving her and Peeta.
falling action Katniss learns the full details of a vast plot to overthrow the Capitol that she has unknowingly become the symbol for and finally understands the meaning of several unexplained events.
themes The Duplicity and Power of Appearances; The Struggle for Control; The Ignorance of the Privileged
motifs Clothing; Secrets; Mouths
symbols Mockingjay; Katniss; Bow and arrows
foreshadowing The refugees from District 8 show Katniss the cracker with the mockingjay and say Katniss must not know about any of it; Plutarch Heavensbee shows Katniss his watch with the vanishing mockingjay on its face and tells her “It starts at midnight”; Cinna rigs Katniss’s wedding dress to burn away, leaving her in a mockingjay costume; Wiress and Beetee point out the chink in the force field during training; Beetee makes a fuss about not losing his wire in the arena