3 1/2 stars, but I didn't feel right rounding down to 3 - this one deserved a round up :) Standalones are few and far between in YA (or fiction in gen...more3 1/2 stars, but I didn't feel right rounding down to 3 - this one deserved a round up :) Standalones are few and far between in YA (or fiction in general, for that matter) it seems, and this was a refreshing and well-done take on Persuasion. Even knowing, at least loosely, the structure of the story and the plot, this was a satisfying read. My only complaint is (view spoiler)[that the threat of Elliot's father was resolved a bit too easily - it just kind of disappeared, and so the conclusion felt a bit rushed. (hide spoiler)] Beyond that, though, a very enjoyable read!(less)
Another great audiobook (I have been on a roll picking good ones recently), awesome narration and an even more awesome story. It pulls you in right aw...moreAnother great audiobook (I have been on a roll picking good ones recently), awesome narration and an even more awesome story. It pulls you in right away. Stories about the planet where humans will settle next tend to be very sci-fi, and this was not at all, except when Viola discusses her ship. Not that sci-fi is a bad thing, I love a good one every now and then. But I loved how the story was more about the evils of men, about humanity, perception, and lies, rather than good humans vs. bad aliens. Can't wait to read the next one, especially with that cliffhanger of an ending!(less)
I wanted to love this. I really did. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were so intense, so emotionally involving - but for some reason, Mockingjay la...moreI wanted to love this. I really did. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were so intense, so emotionally involving - but for some reason, Mockingjay lacked those qualities for me.
Maybe it's a case of being in the wrong mood, or the wrong mental state to fully enjoy the book. Maybe I've been too distracted by other things in the days that I read it. Whatever it is, something was really missing here for me.
The pacing felt disjointed to me, for one. There would be long stretches of nothing happening but Katniss wandering around 13, hiding in closets, or lying drugged in a hospital bed. Now, she has been through some traumatic and terrible things, and I completely understand why here existence would be reduced to these things. But then when the action finally happens, it feels rushed. I didn't feel as affected by certain characters' deaths. And Gale vs. Peeta? After the intensity of both of those relationships in the first two books, I found myself thinking (and being ok with it) that she might wind up with neither. Her choice between the two isn't really even a choice - it just sort of happens. For the whole of the book, I felt detached from the action. If I didn't already care so much about the characters going in, I'm not sure I would have cared about them at all.
It had its good points, and overall I did enjoy it. But for whatever reason, it fell far short of the bar that HG and CF set for it. I went into this book expecting to come out emotionally raw and yet perhaps hopeful that even in a world as terrible as Katniss's, good can overcome evil. And I suppose it does, but it lacked the power I expected it to have.
edit: Once I saved my review and looked again at the cover art, something else came to mind. After the first two books, I look at that cover and think of Katniss finally breaking free, triumphantly, of the Capitol's power and of the things that have been holding her down. Breaking free into a clear, blue sky full of promise. And that wasn't the feeling I was left with when I finished this book. Instead of taking charge, of fighting as ferociously and bravely and intelligently as she did before, she is sort of dragged along to her fate. I felt like I was waiting for her to snap out of it and do what she does best, but she never did.(less)
This novel was ok, but I felt a little let down - I was expecting much better from an author shortlisted for the Booker, although maybe my expectation...moreThis novel was ok, but I felt a little let down - I was expecting much better from an author shortlisted for the Booker, although maybe my expectations were part of the problem.
It started off well, and the concept of the dystopian society she creates is intriguing and a bit frightening. Some of the events and ideas, like the contraceptive coils, make you think about where society may be heading. Overall, Hall writes well, but I found myself a little bored with her descriptions. There are scenes where she definitely suffers from telling-instead-of-showing-syndrome. I just couldn't really bring myself to care very much about the protagonist, Sister, or really any of the other characters.
The ending was pretty anti-climactic, and felt like a cop-out - you'll see what I mean when you get there. Overall it wasn't very powerful, which is something I would expect from a dystopian novel like this. I anticipated something really thought-provoking that would have me lying awake the next three nights thinking about it, but this one just didn't do it. It starts off strong, but loses is punch along the way.(less)
This book fascinated me when I was a kid. I read it sometime in middle school, but I'm not going to bother figuring out what year it was. Apparently i...moreThis book fascinated me when I was a kid. I read it sometime in middle school, but I'm not going to bother figuring out what year it was. Apparently it fascinated a lot of other people as well, but it's one of those books that sticks out from my middle school years.(less)