Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press (Scholastic, Inc.)
Pub. Date: August 24, 2010
I pre-ordered this book and had it sent to me right when it came out. I then read over 100 pages, set it down to read some review books, and didn't return to it for almost a year and a half... LOL! I didn't realize it had been so long. I haven't been as crazy about The Hunger Games trilogy as most of the universe, but I did enjoy them and really liked Catching Fire much more than The Hunger Games. And as most of you know, Catching Fire ends abruptly. Well, Mockingjay picks up right where the former leaves off. I think the fantastic looking previews of the movie version of The Hunger Games got me back into the mindset, but it was ultimately my sister reading this and my want of book discussion with her that finally motivated me to pick this back up.
For the one or two of you who don't know, Mockingjay, the final portion of the trilogy, is about the rebellion against the capitol and their use of Katniss as their representative. They create propaganda to rally supporters and antagonize the capitol. I can't really tell you what is going on with her love interests, Peeta and Gale, without giving away Catching Fire for the same one or two who has yet to read it, but Katniss is still somewhat torn between the two. (There is a conclusion to this though!)
I'm not sure why, but I still trudged through the first half of this book. It interested me but not to the extent that I expected so my reading of it was much slower than I anticipated. It eventually picked up for me, but I was surprised by the amount of sadness in this one. I mean, The Hunger Games, in general, are a pretty crazy premise, but I felt this one was really serious and a sort of sobering conclusion to the story. The last quarter of the book did have some crazy plot points that surprised me.
Really, for anyone reading the series, Mockingjay is a must read. I mean, not reading it is like just not reading the last third of any random book. But I think my favorite of the series was Catching Fire. I felt a little too somber, I think, while reading this one (and I am not in the camp of those who liked the ending!)