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 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.
The second installation of The Hunger Games trilogy...WOW! Just WOW. Suzanne Collins is an incredible storyteller, and this book was just as intense and powerful as the first. I don't usually mention things like this, but the title was completely appropriate for this story: as Katniss was often referred to as the girl on fire throughout the first book. With her actions at the end of the Games, Katniss unknowingly created the spark that would lead to a rebellion against the Capitol. And now she is pushed even harder to protect her loved ones. Thrown into the arena again, new enemies and new allies are revealed. Katniss doesn't know who she can trust; all she knows is that in order for the revolution to be a success, Peeta must make it out of the games alive.