Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My Thoughts: I loved The Hunger Games, but Catching Fire was just a so-so. Probably because in the first book the game was still fascinating and shiny like a new toy. And in Catching Fire the idea was already a little worn out. I liked to read about the past game winners, but they died so fast, I didn't even have time to grieve them. But that was the same in book #1. However I remembered liking Finnick in Catching Fire. So it was great to read about him again. All in all, I liked Mockingjay much better than Catching Fire. It was a great closer to a great series.
I was a little afraid to read this last book, thinking it would be too hard for me. I really liked the main characters in this series, and I just didn't want to see them suffer more. But I'm glad that I did read it. It was amazing. And it wasn't as sad as I anticipated. Okay it was really dark and sorrowful, with a Katniss, who was on the brink of madness several times. But at the same time this had more hope in it than the other 2 books. I liked how the rebellion changed their world and the ending was super. It ended how I wanted it to end :)
----Possible spoilers ahead!----
Peeta, Peeta. OMG. After this book he is officially one of my favorite male characters. (Funny thing, I actually prefered his new personality.....)
Katniss was still great, I admired how strong and determinate she was. BUT that whole I am-going-to-kill Snow-no-matter-what suicide mission was pretty much her dumbest idea ever. And it was quite pointless, too. The rebellion was already this close to take over The Capitol and get Snow, and yet she had to "play another Game". Because that's what it was. Another freakin Hunger Game, with weird mutts and deadly pods. And since the everyone-dies-except-the main-characters rule is carved in stone in this trilogy, that's exactly what happened (again). But I'm kind of understood why was the Game needed. With the end of the last Game and the start of the rebellion Katniss became unimportant. She was still the Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion. But that was it. Her propaganda videos were somehow useful, I guess, but it was so fake. I can't say I liked them....
I never liked Gale too much. But in this book he had lost all his appeal to me. I didn't like how cruel and calculating he became in Mockingjay.
I still hated Snow, but President Coin wasn't that much greater either. In fact she looked like a fine candidate for the President Snow 2.0 title.
I think the end was a little odd, that Katniss got away that easily after what she had done....And there wasn't much explanation of why she got released. But I have to say, she made the right choice in the end.
And I'm going to say again, I loved the ending. That epilogue was perfect. *sigh* I had a few complaints about Mockingjay, but overall I really enjoyed it. And I'm a little sad now that it's over.
Series: The Hunger Games #3
Author: Suzanne Collins
Blurb from Goodreads:
My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead. Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding. It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plains--except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay--no matter what the personal cost.
August 24th 2010 by Scholastic Inc
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Peeta or Gale? :P
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