Monday, January 31, 2011

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY / Suzanne Collins

This captivating thriller completes the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss Everdeen is again pitched against the might of the Capital, but this time she has the sinister underground rebel force of District Thirteen on her side.

Katniss is chosen as a mascot to promote the rebel cause and her every move is once again directed, manipulated and controlled for the benefit of the watching pubic. Her partner in the games, Peeta, has fallen into the hands of the Capital and Katniss's every move endangers him.

The revolution against the Capital is in full swing and has broken out onto the streets. As the rebels descend upon the capital they must battle through a series of macabre booby traps, a bloody war which Katniss describes as a real life hunger games.
If you've already read the Hunger Games then you've probably not wasted any time getting your hands on this latest instalment. Suzanne's style is dangerously addictive, and the pace of her writing makes them really difficult to put down. Mockingjay is by far the darkest of the three and for that reason it was slightly less enjoyable to read.

In this book, the weight of all that Katniss has been through and done really begins to take its toll. As the battle wages on, her sense of what she is really fighting for and who is on her side is shaken. With so much of her former life destroyed, Collins subtly starts to question Katniss's own motives in still fighting. Does the rebel cause really justify the loss of human life?

Although this type of psychological debate isn't usually associated with easy reading, I honestly could have finished this in one sitting if life would let me! Collins's style is light and flows so well that I just find myself turning one more page and then just one more and then.. Katniss's inner struggle didn't hamper the plot at all, and allows Collins to flesh her heroine out without idealising her.

I'm not a 100% sure how I feel about the ending of this book, and would love to hear the thoughts of any other Hunger Games addicts. The epilogue felt off beat to the rest of the novel to me, it just didn't feel like the Katniss of the earlier books. I guess I'm just being stubborn, having never been a complete lover of happy ever after.

Overall though, this book still delivers the thrills, gore and suspense of the earlier books and I still can't recommend this trilogy enough.

1 comment:

JenniferWriter said...

Nooo my first comment was deleted!! Okay, I will regroup and try to keep this brief. I was really disappointed with Katniss's lack of growth by the end of the trilogy. She never develops an appreciation for the resiliency of the human spirit, for the simple act of survival. After so many people have sacrificed themselves for her (Cinna, Finnick, etc), she STILL contemplates suicide for the billionth time at the end of the book. Very disappointing. And many of the twists felt forced into the format of the first book (cliffhangers at the end of every chapter). I didn't expect Katniss to have a happy-ever-after but I would have preferred that she do something like open a school to teach children about war and wilderness skills and peace and sort of continued to try and find meaning and beauty in the next generation. "My children play on graveyards" blah blah--come ON Katniss, what happened to you??