Monday, September 20, 2010

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I finally had some time to read over the weekend and finished Mockingjay, THE most highly-anticipated book of the year for me. This is more my reaction than a "review" because you can find reviews all over the place. I've been purposely staying away from blogs and reviews because I didn't want to find spoilers, so I have no idea what other readers think of the book. 

What did I want to see in this final book in The Hunger Games series?

  • A resolution to the war. Check!
  • A resolution to the Katniss - Peeta- Gale love triangle? Check!
  • Twists and turns that you've come to expect from the series. Check!
 As you can only expect, the rebels and the Capitol are in the midst of a war, so it's probably THE most violent and goriest book of the series. But I have to say that the thing I liked most from the first two books, the first book especially, was missing - great character development. To me, this book had more of an "action movie" feel than a fully developed story. Sure, the first two books led up to this "final battle," but it seemed Suzanne Collins took less care with the characters in this book than with the action, and truly amazing books balance both.

That said, I did enjoy this book a lot, and I think readers will be satisfied with the ending (even if they were routing for Katniss to end up with a different person than she did.)

Now, I'm going to go read other reactions.

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  1. Very timely response for me, as I just finished Mockingjay on Saturday night (stayed up waaaay too long to finish it!) I'm planning to blog about my reactions on Thursday, as Thursday is my book-blogging day.

    Like you, I had been waiting impatiently for this book for a long time. It arrived from Amazon on Tuesday last week and I put it aside for the weekend, knowing that once I started, I wouldn't be able to stop (needed husband there to backstop me with the kids as I knew I'd be tired the day after!)

    Ultimately, I found this book not as satisfying as I'd hoped, and much less emotionally engaging than the first two. Perhaps it was the action focus, as you've identified, or the fact that this book is so much bleaker. There seems little point in getting attached to anyone outside of the central triad as it's fairly obvious from the start that Collins is not going to pull punches about killing people off this time.

    That said, I thought the one part that was handled very well was the resolution of the love triangle. Finding an emotionally plausible way for Katniss to choose between Gale and Peeta was always going to be a curly one but I think she pulled it off. And I say this as someone who was actually rooting for the other team! ;-)

  2. Yes, the way she handled that was very smart. I don't want to give away spoilers, but the reason she could never go with your team was brilliantly played out.