One of my colleagues was a lucky recipient of one of the mailed out copies of Catching Fire. She read it in about an hour (Ok, maybe like a day) and then I ripped it out of her hands and devoured it. There are few series books where I don't have to re-read the first to remember what happened. Hunger Games is one of the few where the entire plot has just stuck with me.
I can happily say that it lived up to expectations. I was a little worried it would suffer from middle book syndrome, but I don't think it did in the least. It was exciting from start to finish, there were fabulous plot twists, ones that I never saw coming. The same themes are continued from the first book. All in all, totally consuming and fantastic.
There was loss, betrayal, redemption, and action. I wish I had the third one already. I can hardly contain myself. Need. Sequel. Now.
Awesome job Ms. Collins!