24 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins

This is a hard book to review. I really did like it, but it was kind of a departure from the first two books. It was much darker with a bit of a commentary about war and manipulation. I really wasn’t expecting that from this book because the first two, while action packed, were a little more light. This one got pretty heavy at times.

The author does kind of inject her own thoughts about war, but does a good job of not ramming it down your throat. At it’s core, I believe this book is about change, love, loss, and self-destruction. The writing is, of course, fabulous. The descriptions are breathtakingly real.

The writing is also where I think this book stumbles a bit. The middle part of the book is basically one big meander. Katniss can’t seem to get any forward momentum and the book suffers a bit for it. While the author tries to tie everything together and pick up the loose ends, the main character gets the daylights beat out of her, on so many levels. I think the middle of the book could have used some tightening up.

Having said that, I would recommend this book for fans of the this series. It was a fitting end, if not completely satisfying.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 1
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