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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games) Paperback – February 25, 2014
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Fans will be happy to hear that Mockingjay is every bit as complex and imaginative as Hunger Games and Catching Fire."
Suspenseful... Collins' fans, grown-ups included, will race to the end."
At its best the trilogy channels the political passion of 1984, the memorable violence of A Clockwork Orange, the imaginative ambience of The Chronicles of Narnia and the detailed inventiveness of Harry Potter."
-New York Times Book Review
Unfolding in Collins' engaging, intelligent prose and assembled into chapters that end with didn't-see-that-coming cliffhangers, this finale is every bit the pressure cooker of its forebears. [Mockingjay] is nearly as shocking, and certainly every bit as original and thought provoking, as The Hunger Games. Wow."
-Los Angeles Times
* This concluding volume in Collins's Hunger Games trilogy accomplishes a rare feat, the last installment being the best yet, a beautifully orchestrated and intelligent novel that succeeds on every level."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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But we are here to talk about the second book..
Wow! I read somewhere that the author wrote the books based on her father experience in war and PTSD and since I have some limited experience in that field as well, I can honestly say that Katniss thoughts and emotions described in the book are very real and authentic.
To me, the whole thoughts and emotions of the characters are what making a book good and worth reading. This book shows them all, in a way you can never show in a movie.
The plot itself is good enough, but again, to me, the deepening of the characters is what I am looking for, the plot is just the wrapper.
By now, that originality is gone, and we are left with the more mundane task of trying to overthrow the tyrannical government. Sure, I want the rebels to succeed, but it just does not feel that original anymore. Now it is just a more-typical underdog tale.
Collins herself seemed to recognize this, as seen when the fighting in the Capital is compared to one of the Hunger Games itself, with booby traps laid throughout. But this literary trick only works halfway. I never felt the same excitement in this book as I felt in the others.
A bigger problem, though, is the wasted opportunity of MOCKINGJAY. There are some seriously unanswered questions that should have been explored far more, and that would have made for a better end to this trilogy. It is not credible that a nation so utterly morally degraded would be taken down just by the removal of one president. When the Capital’s residents consider kids killing kids to be the height of entertainment, we are a long, long way off from resolving anything in such a pat manner. The book would have worked better addressing the moral issues surrounding how the Hunger Games were ever accepted in the first place than with the removal of President Snow. After all, in a country this morally sick, any president would, by necessity, have to be equally odious.
Although THE HUNGER GAMES is adolescent literature, I think most teenagers themselves would be far more interested in such over-arching moral issues than they would be in what is, at the end of the day, a governmental coup. Alas, an opportunity lost.
Underneath all the fighting for survival is a boy in love with a girl and a girl who is desperate to return home. Willing to do anything, she goes along with the idea of them being in love, hoping that in the end, it will mean both will end up back in their district.
The imagery invoked a lot of breathtaking pictures. The characters had enough background that I found myself loving, hating, being indifferent, or hoping that nothing bad befell them. The emotions were sharp and cut deep in many cases; the fact that the nation forced children to fight to live as punishment for a long ago war, I found horrid. Yet, in some cases, I have to admit that I was glad when some were taken out.
There are a lot of twists and turns that occur. Some you see coming, some you are told are coming even if what will happen isn't known and still others that come from seemingly no where. How each character reacts helps define their personality and chance of survival. This is a book with very few places were things become dull.
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