Review: Mockingjay

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I needed a little time to digest the final book in the Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy before I could write a proper review. After some speculation, I think that I’m okay with the conclusion. I didn’t love it the way I wanted to, but it was fitting in a way.

It’s a little hard to go into much detail without giving away major plot points, but I think there are some things that I can safely mention. One thing I liked, throughout the series in fact, was that nothing was ever easy. Katniss almost always needed the help of others and/or some serious luck to accomplish her goals (i.e. survive). Even then, there was almost always a price to pay.

One thing I didn’t like was how depressing the story got over time. The first novel was actually fairly uplifting, but, by the end, things were pretty bleak and depressing. Katniss is not your typical hero and she didn’t always handle difficult situations very well, which could lead to extended periods of dreariness.

However, like the first two novel, Mockingjay was short and to the point. Collins doesn’t waste her words. Her sharp, crisp writing style really sucks you in and compels you to keep reading until you are forced to tear yourself away. That was mostly still true in Mockingjay, but not quite so much as in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

Though I was happy with the final novel for the most part, I couldn’t give it 5 stars. The Hunger Games was a 5 star novel for me and Mockingjay simply wasn’t as good. Even though the series loses a little bit of its magic as it progresses, I would still recommend it to anyone. It is definitely a well-written, engaging story that truly captures one’s imagination.

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Review: Catching Fire

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Suzanne Collins is an excellent writer. Perhaps her prose is not a thing of beauty, but her still at crafting an engaging and suspenseful story is impressive.

The first novel in the series was fantastic, a harsh but exciting thrill ride. The second novel, Catching Fire, was really almost as good, but not quite.

The story picks up shortly after The Hunger Games ended and launches us right back into the fractured setting that is Katniss’ world. If anything, the stakes seem even higher in Catching Fire. The pace of the novel was breakneck, much like the first, but this time around we got to a better feel for the bigger picture, what’s going on in the other Districts.

I am really impressed with the world that Collins had built. The inhabitants are so desperate; the politicians are so corrupt; and the overall situation is so completely dire.

What I didn’t love was the ending. I’m not going to given anything away, but I will say that there wasn’t a tidy conclusion. A lot of questions were introduced in the final pages and very few were answered. It left me frustrated and I found myself poring over the pages again and again trying to find answers that weren’t there. Yes, it does leave me eager to read the next novel for sure, but I thought the ending was needlessly confusing.

You may think by this last paragraph that I didn’t like the book. Nothing is farther from the truth. I rant because I liked the novel so much, because I care about the characters and what happens to the them. I did reduce my rating from a 5 to a 4 because of the end, but it won’t stop me from reading the final installment or recommending the series to anyone.

Now, go read the darn book if you haven’t already.

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