So, how to talk about this one? I have a feeling this might be a bit disjointed. 😉 So I’ll start by saying I LOVED THE BOOK.
From some of the reactions I’ve seen, others thoughts have been mixed on this the conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy. I think we were expecting a crusading Mockingjay, with Katniss storming through the districts, rescuing Peeta and defeating the big bad President Snow. What we got was somewhat different.
And after reading this one, an ‘avenging angel’ Katniss would have been wrong, this was a much more powerful read.
What we got was a Katniss who was still not in control of her life, a fragile girl only able to ‘flame’ in snatches, what she would have ridden through in book one puts her in hospital in book three.
I was utterly appalled by what President Snow did to Peeta, it was utterly heartbreaking and painful to watch the fallout both for Peeta and Katniss
And yet she could still ‘flame’ when she needed to finding the strength from somewhere when others would have long since given up, but in the end she was still just a passenger in the revolution, subject to the machinations of others.
I was at times reminded of Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, not just because it was the last book in a dystopian trilogy with teenagers playing an important part in a war, pulled between two rival leaders, but, because in slightly different ways they paint the harsh brutality of war in an incredibly powerful way.
There’s no way to come away from either book without being affected by what you’ve just read.
A brilliant end to the series.
And if you’ve read this far past the spoiler warning, I have no qualms in declaring: YAY! TEAM PEETA! 😀
I’m not going to point out other reviews, because… Hey! you can’t move around the blogosphere without tripping over one! 😉
Buy: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
When I finished reading the book at 2am the other morning I obviously wasn’t in any position to write anything like a coherent review, but I did want to get some initial thoughts down on paper (as it were). I thought you might like to see my very hastily written notes, written moments after putting the book down.
- emotionally damaged
- never going to be the…
- as they were never in full control. ever.
- monsters of men
- would she have actually forced another games? no i don’t think she would.
- epilogue not about the children. 15 years b4 healed enough to be ready. mirroring slow recovery by world not wanting/unable to forget