While not perfect, Catching Fire is just as enjoyable and engrossing as The Hunger Games. No, it is not without flaws. What it is, though, is a book that is captivating, horrifying and one you can't put down or stop thinking about, until you've finished. There are problems in the novel, most of them stemming from the fact that Collins did not initially plan to write any sequels to The Hunger Games, so the beginning of the book foundered a bit and searched for connecting plotlines and overall themes to extend to all three novels. I will start Mockingjay momentarily, because I actually care about her characters. They're more than cliches, and they are interesting people. For instance, who knew Haymitch had it in him? I absolutely have to know what happens to everyone in the books that's lasted so far.Overall, a great book, and definitely one of the best I will read this year.