This review is going to be a bit tricky, because I'm feeling a little hot and cold on whether I like this book or not. Here's the thing, I've read abo...moreThis review is going to be a bit tricky, because I'm feeling a little hot and cold on whether I like this book or not. Here's the thing, I've read about five to six books during the time I started to completion of this book. I only had to finish it because my book club was meeting to discuss it this past Tuesday night- (4/27/10).
I always felt a really good book was one you couldn't put down, or if you did, you couldn't stop thinking about it until the next time you sat down to read it again. However, here's my quandary while I was reading this book I did enjoy it, but not enough to continue straight through. I liked the voice being from a male point of view, especially the supernatural genera, because the characters are usually always some love-struck-usually-whinny-chick...
I also thought the story was longer than it needed to be and often times I wanted it to get to the main point. I did like the historical subtext and the secondary love story. Sometimes though, Lena was a bit melodramatic, but hey, she was turning sixteen. I'm pretty sure my world was always coming to an end when I was that age.
I do look forward to the second book nevertheless... (less)
This is my first Westerfeld book to read. I thought the writing had such an easy flow that I was tearing through each page, before I realized it, I wa...moreThis is my first Westerfeld book to read. I thought the writing had such an easy flow that I was tearing through each page, before I realized it, I was done. I was going to give this book only four stars, but the fantastic illustrations, the map, and my introduction to the genre of Steampunk, catapulted it to the five star category.
I love reading fantasy, but this was my first true Science Fiction book and I loved it. I thought this book had a great combination of nature verse machine and history immersed with elements of the future. I also especially loved the background of the first World War. I'm a history fanatic and the World Wars have always carried a fascination for me. Though, this is a work of fiction, I'm enjoying the new aspect of WWI.
It really sucks we have to wait a whole year to get the next book. I'm not a very patient person, but I guess there is nothing to do but wait. In the mean time, I can only think of the lingering questions I was left with: What is up with Dr. Barlow? Is she good or bad? I'm not sure what to think. She seems to be on Alek and Deryn's side, but then she seems shady too. I can't wait to see what develops between Alek and Deryn. A love story wrapped up in all of this has me even more excited. And, what is also up with the eggs?
Oh man... a year will not come fast enough. (less)
I guess I'll begin by saying I haven't anticipated a conclusion to a series like this since The Deathly Hollows,...moreHmmmmm... let's see, where to start.
I guess I'll begin by saying I haven't anticipated a conclusion to a series like this since The Deathly Hollows, nor have I been so excited to find out who the finally love interest will be since Breaking Dawn. Will Katniss end up with Peeta or Gale? That has been the big question going through my mind the past few years while awaiting Mockingjay to come out. Not... whether or not the Capital will fall. Who cares about President Snow anyway. He's not even a vampire and his breath smells like blood and roses. Gross.
My mind can finally be at ease, because I'm lucky enough to finally know the answers to all the questions. So, who cares about team Edward or team Jacob. I've been all about team Peeta from the beginning. Who wouldn't love a boy that is willing to get hit by his mother to bring you a piece of bread, before you die of starvation. Plus, he can bake and who wouldn't love a guy who's good in the kitchen. Anyway, I'm not about to reveal the answer to which team Katniss fell on. I'll save that for below, after I warn you that spoilers are to follow.
I will have to say though, that the beginning of this book was a little slow. Not the usual action packed stuff we've come to expect. I came to understand while I was reading that it was necessary, because we, the readers, need to get acquainted with life in district 13 and what happened to Katniss after she was taken by the rebels.
Overall, I was satisfied with this book. There were some unexpected twists and towards the middle to the end there was drama, action, and the usual suspenseful moments that make you want to race through each page. Collins' writing from the beginning of Hunger Games to Mockingjay has been excellent, gripping, and thought provoking. It's kind of sad to have it end. I guess all good things must end, right...
Okay, so finally I'll reveal what I know.
******Caution... Beware of spoilers below this line*****
(Ha, I actually need to save the rest of this review for tomorrow 8/15/10).
Finally, I can sit and try and finish this review. (picked back up on 18 August 2010, 6:50pm)
One of the images that continue to go through my thoughts after reading Mockingjay, is also one of the first actions scenes in the book. Katniss, Gale, and some of the rebels go to district 8. Capital hovercrafts have just finished bombing and they are returning to do more damage. Katniss, instead of escaping, climbs on top of a building to wreck a little havoc of her own. What is etched into my memory is of her posed to shoot her bow and arrow at a hovercraft, outfitted in her black mockingjay suit. It's this ability in Collins' writing that transfixes images into powerful poetic messages. Anyway, Katniss for me at that moment made me think of Artemis the goddess of hunters. She vibrated energy, strength, and power. Plus, bows for me, looks way sexier than a gun. Hands down...
One of the twists that blew my mind and made me sit up and literally say out loud, "what the heck just happened" was the whole situation with Peeta. The rebels finally rescue him from the Capital. I was so relieved and so was Katniss. I think we were all wondering if he was even going to be in the book at all. Anyway, the Capital brainwashed Peeta into thinking Katniss was this horrible person. He even tries to kill her on many occasions.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this turn of events. For one thing, this is an excellent strategy used by Collins to make the reader think that Gale will be the finally choice for Katniss. It also shows just how unpredictable Collins can be. I was often left trying to figure things out in all the books. There was always that constant feeling that you couldn't trust anyone.
Even though I applaud the unpredictable in this book, I was also a little sad at what happened to Peeta and their relationship. Peeta was one of the main reasons I love this series so much, but he was changed, made different. He tried to fight through and he did towards the end, but I still had the feeling he would forever fight the images the Capital had molded into him. This part of Katniss' story changed the atmosphere of the whole series for me.
There was so much to love about this book and the series as a whole.
Finally for the important part... Katniss and Peeta end up together and had little Peeta kids. So cute. I was very pleased with that revelation. It was a long and bumpy road. Their lives were scarred by what they had to go through in the games and after, with the rebel resistance.
These are powerful books and one of my favorites. I hope they are yours too.
I thought this book was fan-freaking-tastic... It was a total mind-bender. Hanna, the city Portero, and the Porterenes are insane. Most of the time I...moreI thought this book was fan-freaking-tastic... It was a total mind-bender. Hanna, the city Portero, and the Porterenes are insane. Most of the time I didn't know if the craziness was just Hanna's mania, or Hanna being crazy in an already crazier town.
One of the things that made me like this story so much was Hanna herself. For me, usually I find myself loving the fictional boys more than the girls in the books I read. I also believe that in most cases the male characters usually outshine or overshadow the female roles (even if the first-person is told from a girl's perspective).
In this book Hanna was captivating and she stole the spotlight in my opinion, even over Wyatt (who was way cute by-the-way). She was brave, crazy, honest (she said what ever came to mind, no filters), sexy, confident, and the best of all not whiny. She did what ever she wanted and be damned the consequences. I also liked how diverse her character was.
Even as I closed the book, I still didn't know if it was Portero that was insane, or if it was all in Hanna's imagination. I'm still reeling from this story. If you havn't notices by now, I loved it, because everything in this book was so unexpected.
This book was just plain crazy... but, in the best way possible. (less)