**spoiler alert** SUPER DUPER SPOILERS AHEAD. You've been warned!
I was reading something entirely unrelated almost 2 months later, when I came upon th**spoiler alert** SUPER DUPER SPOILERS AHEAD. You've been warned!
I was reading something entirely unrelated almost 2 months later, when I came upon the words "evening primrose" and I stopped. My heart lurched (does a heart lurch, or just the stomach?) and the memories of The Hunger Games series came flooding back. The death of Prim in this final installment hit me again, just as it did the first time. Just from reading those simple words, in something completely unrelated.
Here is the thing about this series - it stays with you. At least, it was that way for me, and seems to be for a lot of other readers here on GoodReads. After I finished this book, I actually felt lost. Like, what do I do now? And what did I do? Well, I reread the first two books. And then parts of this final one. And I sat there. I couldn't bring myself to start another book, couldn't wrench myself out of this world that Suzanne Collins had created.
Finally, I just had to go cold turkey and start another unrelated book and move on.
An astute reader will notice that up till now this review has been about The Hunger Games series as a whole, not about Mockingjay. Frankly, I'm quite mixed over the final installment. After I finished it two months ago, I perused a ton of reviews here, to see what others thought. I usually like to write my own reviews first without reading others, to try not to let others' opinions become my own. (The same reason I try to avoid reviews beforehand as well.) But in this case, I was so unsure of my own reaction. Did I like it? Did I hate it?
Clearly, a lot of people are divided over the direction of the third book and in particular, the ending. Many felt cheated by the last few chapters, that they almost felt like throw-aways. Others thought the ending was realistic, especially after such a bleak life in a bleak world, or because of the bleakness of this world. Some said the character of Katniss went totally off-character, or that her experiences made sense because she must have been suffering from PTSD. On and on.
Here's the thing: I agreed with all of them. This may be a cop out but I honestly can't come to a conclusion about the, um, conclusion of this series.
But what I can say, what I've already said above, is that the world, the books, the characters - they all stay with you. And I think it's worth reading for that....more
**spoiler alert** I hesitate between 3-4 stars, perhaps 3.5, if only GoodReads let us do half stars!
Perhaps my expectations for the book were a bit hi**spoiler alert** I hesitate between 3-4 stars, perhaps 3.5, if only GoodReads let us do half stars!
Perhaps my expectations for the book were a bit high, based on how many times I'd seen that it was a "must-read" book. It was a fairly quick read, though I did feel that it dragged at some points and my eyes would start to glaze over. The story itself was fascinating, and made me angry - that was expected. Though maybe it didn't make me as angry as I thought it would. One part that stood out to me was when the narrator is talking about the past and she talks about how she and her friend would read articles in the newspaper, of things happening to other people, but it wouldn't feel real - it was something happening far away, something that didn't affect them. I thought this was a perfect description of our times and how we treat horrible events that happen around us.
I was somewhat disappointed in the ending, though I hadn't realized it was sort of a diary (did I just miss that somehow) - so the Historical Notes section was interesting and it was definitely unexpected. I think it was a nice touch.
Overall, yes I think the book should be read by more people....more
Maybe even 6 stars! You have to read The Giver, then Gathering Blue, before you even attempt to pick up this book. You could almost call it a trilogy,Maybe even 6 stars! You have to read The Giver, then Gathering Blue, before you even attempt to pick up this book. You could almost call it a trilogy, though I wouldn't. This last book basically ties the first two together in a simple, but amazing way.
It's an easy read, since it's written for Grades 6 and up. But trust me, a lot of times these YA (young adult) books are astounding, and carry great messages, even while being simple and easy to read.
As with the earlier two books, this one expands somewhat on the utopian society theme and how it can break down, slowly yet surely.
A lot of reviewers have said the ending was unsatisfying, and it is in some minor aspects. But I loved it. I was sitting outside on the porch under the sun and started crying at the conclusion. It really touched me.
Maybe I'm just overly sensitive lately, but regardless, I highly recommend the series!
[Sidenote: If you've read Brave New World or 1984, or any other similar books that chronicle a possible utopian society, I think you'll definitely enjoy The Giver and Gathering Blue.]...more