Tuesday, September 7, 2010
by Suzanne Collins
Published August 24th 2010 by Scholastic Press
Hardcover, 390 pages
Placement in the Pile: Top Picks
"My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead."
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
*Non-spoilery, I promise!* I figure it's been long enough that most of you have read this already anyway, yes?
When I closed this last chapter in the Hunger Games trilogy, the only thing my brain could wrap around was, "WOW".
I could not put this book down. It was expected and yet unexpected in every way. That, I believe has been the genius of Suzanne Collins' writing - her ability to write something that the reader is fully engrossed in and believes, yet still being able to be one step ahead of us, and shock us.
One thing about this novel is it has a very different feel than the other two books that take place mostly in the "games". Here, we see Katniss a bit broken, a bit vulnerable and a bit lost trying to navigate her way in the real world. On top of that it has a much more military feel to the world than the other books did, and I found it much more violent and disturbing at places...but I don't think it should have been less shocking.
I of course had my issues with a few things. One character's end to their story in the books really didn't sit well with me, and felt like "a way out". Also one part that should have been arguably the most emotional part of the series in total, fell flat and was just a bit confusing until later on.
In the end. I was satisfied with how she ended it all, and I can't wait to hear what you have to say!
This is a series I will read and love for years to come.
What did you think? (Please warn people if your comments are going to contain specific spoilers rather than general statements.)