January 23, 2009

Hunger Games Sequel

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CF_130UPDATE: 9/1 Catching Fire is now available for sale, but you can take a sneak peak at the first two chapters here.

From Publishers Weekly comes the first news about the next Hunger Games book (for ages 12 and up)! I can’t wait!

We still have no details about the book itself, other than the cover and the title, but that was plenty to get Jessica and me speculating about what will happen! Even though we work at Scholastic, we are not among the lucky people who get to read the manuscript, so we are left guessing like everyone else.

But the title gives some good clues to work with, doesn’t it? We have lots of ideas:

1) “Fire” could represent Katniss, as in the “girl on fire,” and she does something to anger the Capitol so they are trying to catch her. Maybe she refuses to be a coach in the next Hunger Games and runs away or something.

2) Or maybe it is Gale and Peeta who are trying to catch her and win her love. Maybe we will find out who Katniss is really in love with.

3) Or maybe there is a grassroots revolution against the Capitol and it is starting catch on in a big way — spreading like wildfire, so to speak.

4) Or maybe the arena for the next Hunger Games has a volcano in it, or the tributes have to fight fire in some way to survive. Kind of a twisted homage to Katniss, last year’s winner.

5) Or President Snow has a secret assassination plot against Katniss involving fire. He will make it look like an accident if her house catches fire or something.

6) Or maybe one of the tributes this time will have a superpower ability to start fires. She scores off the charts at training and all the other tributes try to catch her.

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What do you think is going to happen in the Hunger Games sequel? Add a comment with your ideas that we missed.

— Sonja, Scholastic.com Editor

  1. Abby

    I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES! definatly the best book i have EVER read! and i read alot of books. I cont wait for Cathing Fire to come out! Thats all i can think about and its still 5 months away!

  2. BDG

    The Hunger Games is such an AWESOME book! I can’t wait until the second one comes out! I have been waiting too long!

  3. Furgleliperbloop

    The Hunger Games is the AwESomEST book ever! Trust me I have read the Twilight series, and the Harry Potter Series and this one beats them both put together by a long shot! I think that maybe the bird on the cover is called a fire bird or something and she catches one… IDK! Just a suggestion. I CAN’T WAIT 7 MOntHS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous

    I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!!! and I am sooooo glad there is a sequel!!! you guys have good guesss! if you findout anything new…. let me know thanks!


    I am incredibly excited, but I can’t wait for it to come out, I can’t wait for 7 months! Anyway, I think “Catching Fire” means Katniss and Gale or Katniss and Peeta are catching fire or “love” and Katniss will realize who she really loves.

  6. Booklover101

    Now I’m even MORE excited for the book to come out! Now I can’t stop thinking about when it will come out ugh!

  7. Alicia

    I rally liked the novel the Hunger games it’s one of my favorites. I can’t wait for the next book!!!!!!

  8. Lili

    It says on the pre-order at BarnesandNoble.com that the book will be out September 1st, 2009.
    Good or bad info?

  9. Dylan

    Suzanne Collins has finished writing “Catching Fire” and is already starting the third book. “Catching Fire” is scheduled to be released September 8,2009. I can’t wait.

  10. Kayla

    I loved this book. My muscles were quivering the entire time. I also loved Peeta and Rue and, of course, Katniss. She BETTER pick Peeta, cause he is better than Gale could EVER be!!

  11. Ari

    it does come out this september> plus they have it for pre-order on B&N.com. now im going to go read about the plot!(O.o)

  12. Jersey1

    I have read a LOT of books including the twilight series and the mortal instruements and this is by far my favorite!!!!

  13. Lili

    I just read this by Diane Roback – Publishers Weekly about Catching Fire “Scholastic is publishing the book on September 8 with a 250,000-copy first printing (Scholastic Audio Books will release a simultaneous audio edition)”
    Did I get it right? The book is coming out on September 8th 2009?

  14. BookWorm

    This is so awesome!! I can’t wait for the next book to come out! (I pretty much finished The Hunger Games in one day.)
    The cover: I think that the bird is important. In the first book the bird on the front is a mockingjay; most likely the one that Katniss was given as a pin. Although, in the book, we are never told what it’s symbolism is. Plus, we don’t know what futuristic bird this is.
    The Capitol dislikes Katniss because they think that it is her who humiliated them, not Peeta.
    I think that in the very last paragraph Katniss realizes that she is in love with Peeta, but that she totally blew it.
    Although I found a few grammar/ word placements were possibly wrong I think that this is one of the best books that I have read. (and I’m a very picky reader.)
    Can’t wait for the next book; and the next. (it’s a trilogy)
    Also, I heard from somewhere that it was going to be published September, this year. (not sure if it’s actually right.)

  15. Haley

    I cant wait for the next book comes out!!!I LOVE all of Suzannes books, including the Overlander Cronicles!!:)

  16. twilightIAS

    OMG I love THE HUNGER GAMES. It is just as good as the twilight saga. Belive me you must read the first book. Even Stephenie Meyers author of Twilight saga, gave the first book a good review. I just can’t sit still to wait for the next awesome book CATCHING FIRE. Im so excited! I hope Susan Collins finishes here book soon!

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