Collins ratchets up the tension in the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. With a host of well-drawn new secondary characters and more lives on the line, this will keep readers of all ages up long past their bedtimes.
After winning the first Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta have settled into a well-fed but uneasy life in District 12. As rumors of rebellions in other districts gain strength, the Capitol uses violent, unexpected tactics to show its power over the subjects -- particularly the two young victors who so openly challenged them. (SCHOLASTIC, Sep., 400 pp., $17.99)