Happy 2016 one and all! I’m pleased that this year has begun with the early completion of my first book for the 2016 Reading Challenge.
Author: Suzanne Collins
Favourite character: Katniss Everdeen
Category: #30 A book with a blue cover
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.”
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the concluding volume in the highly addictive ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy. The finale follows newly elected face of the rebellion, Katniss Everdeen, and her role in the plot to overthrow the oppressive President Snow and the Capitol.
Despite the majority of the novel being set during a war, it feels the least thrilling of the three books. The main characters are largely kept away from the front line, and as a result the buildup and climax feels both rushed and forced. Despite this, there is still a large amount of character development, particularly surrounding Peeta and Finnick, both of whom add depth and meaning to the plot. The main plot twist was the saving grace of the novel; I absolutely did not see it coming.
Although this is undoubtedly the weakest of the three, it is still an emotional, thought-provoking novel, featuring an eclectic cast of characters in the most desperate of situations. The series as a whole is undeniably one of my favourites of all time, but in some respects I feel the conflict was resolved a little too easily considering the gravity of the uprising.
I could talk all day solely about the Epilogue (why must everything be wrapped up nicely with a big red bow?) but simply put, even allowing for its faults, I adore this trilogy! I love Katniss’s determination and drive, Peeta’s courage and protectiveness, Finnick’s resilience, even Gale’s stubbornness. I love the terrifying nature of the games, Snow’s insane creepiness and the political change desired and fought for by the rebels. It’s pure YA dystopian excellence.
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