By Suzanne Collins
I didn’t think I would be reviewing this book this soon. When I put it on hold at the library, I was 48th in line and wasn’t expecting to even read this book before next year. I was surprised when my hold came in much earlier than expected. I also surprised myself by showing a tad bit of restraint by waiting until I finished my current read before starting this one.
When this book came out, I read all the reviews, even the ones with spoilers because I like spoilers. I read the last few pages of this book before I was 20 pages in and knew how it ended which made reading the book much easier for me. If I can’t figure out where something is going, I read ahead, but if I know even basically how it will end, I will stick to the process of turning each page in order. I wanted to be able to read this book without being annoyed at not knowing so I took a few liberties at the beginning. So what did I actually think of this book?
In the interest of not giving too much away and providing spoilers (I know not everyone loves them as much as I do.), I’m going to do a very brief overview and then move onto my thoughts. With books in a series, I always find it hard not to give too much away since so much of the story depends on the endings of the previous books.
Katniss Everdeen, survivor of two Hunger Games, is now the symbol of the revolution against the Capitol. She’s hurt physically and mentally and barely surviving day-to-day let alone a revolution. Reluctantly, she agrees to become the Mockingjay for the revolution as long as she gets a few things: they rescue Peeta and the other Hunger Games participants that can be found, grant them immunity, and she gets to kill President Snow.
Great parts of this book left me annoyed and some of it left me underwhelmed. The tension that built up in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire felt lost here much the same way Katniss was. I wanted more than bombing raids and body counts and I wanted less of Katniss being in a daze hiding in closets afraid of the world beyond the walls she doesn’t even feel safe behind. Once again, the story is told by Katniss but when she’s too busy twirling the bracelet that labels her mentally unstable to tell it to you, it suffers. And, yes, the Team Gale/Team Peeta thing…I was so annoyed by this whole love triangle thing. Kiss Gale one day, kiss Peeta the next day. It was awkward and annoying and in the end she basically waited it out until one of them made the decision for her. She became incapable of making any decisions or understanding her own feelings.
Now, that last paragraph doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book because I did. The politics of the revolution are interesting, they have to be as the story pretty much runs on them, and seeing some of the old characters return was a nice touch. It also moves fast, really fast. It was an emotional ride and once it had you, kept you there wondering what would happen next. I can’t in anyway say it was a bad read. I was riveted to this book and thought about it for days after so obviously it had some affect on me. Katniss is meant to infuriate and annoy and she played the role perfectly here. Being the last book in the trilogy though, I think I was hoping for more, unfortunately I don’t really know what that more is.
If you’ve read the previous books in this series, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, you’ll most likely not want to miss this one.