Set in the aftermath of The Hunger Games, Katniss is home in District 12 as victor. After her victory tour, Katniss has to prepare for the third Quarter Quell (75th anniversary of The Hunger Games), an uber Hunger Games used to quell uprisings and revolution. Katniss is supposed to be mentor to the new tributes but, as a rebellious threat to the Capitol and to the terrifyingly cruel President Snow, measures must be taken to subdue her influence on unstable districts.
I was wondering how Collins would sustain the energy and action of the first in the trilogy, without the suspenseful games, but she achieves it remarkably well; Katniss is a piece in the bigger games that are being played and not just by the Capitol and their President. The social and political commentary in the sequel is just as powerful as in the first in the trilogy. Katniss remains a strong and admirable female protagonist, a heroine, a symbol of success against the Capitol of Panem, a mockingjay, and uses her wits to battle against stronger forces; Katniss is unwilling to be a pawn in anyone's game and her resistance is the crux of the trilogy.
It is incredibly difficult to review the second part of a trilogy knowing that many of you haven't read the first but have tried not to spoil anything about either the first or second. Bring on the third; this is the best YA series that I have ever read.