Thursday, February 16, 2012
by Suzanne Collins
Again, I am not going to give you much of a review of this book. Being number three in the trilogy, I will refer you back to number one (The Hunger Games) to start there. If you enjoy that one, and then Catching Fire you won't even need my review to know you must read Mocking Jay.
Suzanne Collins keeps the action and tension going strong in book three. The relationships of the main characters changes somewhat as their situations change, but we adapt to the changes just as they must. More twists and turns and surprises await you.
And of course the end of Mocking Jay also means the end of the trilogy. I had my preferred outcome from the beginning of the first book and continued to hope I'd see it. Although I must admit my preferences were pulled in opposite directions more than once. As for the ending... was it what I hoped for? Yes and no. It's one of those happy/sad endings that you know you can't avoid because it's right. It's the way things had to end... or to continue on.
There was just a tad bit of feeling "I'm tired of writing, this story must end" near the last of the story. Immediately after the climatic event the book leads up to, Katniss is confined to her "quarters" for a fair period of time, not knowing what is going on or what is real or not. Eventually we find out in very simple terms what has happened and I felt it was more than a little implausible. In order to make a believer of me, I really needed to know how the story played out to it's conclusion.
If I haven't mentioned it before, you may want to keep a box of tissues nearby when reading the Hunger Games trilogy. Although an action packed adventure story, there are many times I found myself choking back tears.
Again, five of five shots for Ms. Collins and her Hunger Games trilogy. Now, I must see the movie. (I don't do movie reviews - sorry).