I finished this book about 2 weeks ago, but wanted to wait until my disappointment subsided to write my review. So hopefully this review isnt as coldI finished this book about 2 weeks ago, but wanted to wait until my disappointment subsided to write my review. So hopefully this review isnt as cold as the first draft.
There were a lot of negative moments for me with this novel and many times when I caught myself rereading passages just to make sense of them and still I was left with a TON of loose ends and questions. Here are just a few. 1.Why do individuals choose to be single? 2.Aberrations acquire their status due to an infraction, but what qualifies as an infraction? 3.We know anomalies have to be separated frm society, but we never find out why. I can accept the fact that maybe the narrator (the main character) didn't know the answers to these questions, but the author should still have addressed them. Even the character saying she doesn't understand something or doesn't know if better than completing ignoring the subject.
I felt like Condie hit the surface of a lot of great plot lines, but never fully developed them. Take for instance, the death of the Markhams son. She tells us he was murdered, but why? Was it a random act of violence (is violence a inherent trait in anomalies?) or was it a targeted crime? These types of undeveloped story lines occur frequently throughout the novel and that is one of my biggest pet peeves. I'd rather read one well developed storyline than a whole bunch of underdeveloped ones. However, the biggest flaw of this novel was a major foundation on which the novel was developed. Condie built her entire novel around Cassia being confronted with a choice, a choice that ultimately propels her into a tail spin where she begins to question Society. How could this choice have that consequence when she has been confronted with other choices in life, for instance, what to do with her "free time"? For the choice (cause) to have created her tailspin (effect) it would have needed to be the first time ever that she has been given a choice. For me it just doesn't add up.
This story dragged on and on, but I will say towards the end I kept reading just so I could finish it. There's something about not completing a book that I just hate. I think every book should have a chance to redeem itself when it disappoints us. And, yet this one failed miserably. Its sad to see such promise go down in flames. ...more
I'm usually a huge fan of Jodi Picoult novels, but this was by one of my least favorite novels. There was a huge lack of suspense and it was not nearI'm usually a huge fan of Jodi Picoult novels, but this was by one of my least favorite novels. There was a huge lack of suspense and it was not near as emotionally charged as her previous novels. I often found myself skimming whole chapters because they added nothing to this slow moving story. The plot was simple to figure out and made the book a tad predictable and thus boring. I also found it difficult to make a connection with the characters. Nothig in this story drew me in like her other novels have done. The only reason I kept reading was so I could finish the book. I definitely would not recommend this book to someone new to Picoult novels. Even seasoned Picoult fans should be cautious before diving into this lackluster novel. I look forward to Picoult (hopefully) redeeming herself with her next novel, due out later this year. ...more
**spoiler alert** I'm not sure what to say about Mockingjay other than halfway through the book I had my mind made up that this was my favorite of the**spoiler alert** I'm not sure what to say about Mockingjay other than halfway through the book I had my mind made up that this was my favorite of the three Hunger Games novels. Was I hoping for a happy ending? Yes. Did I get that happy ending? No.
The level of torture and heartache Collins etched in this book through beautfully composed language is unreal. In fact, it is downright distressing. However, it does make you stop and think about the realities and aftermath, not only of war, but also of the soldiers trained for war.
On a lighter note, I was glad to see Katniss and Peeta together in the end. That's not to say I enjoyed how they came together because I didnt. The mental torture Peeta endured and his subsequent hatred of Katniss was heartbreaking. However, I can see the important role it played in the story. Still, it isn't until the last pages that the reader learns of their reconnection. It seemed more like an afterthought than a piece to the puzzle that was the story. And that saddened me.
I felt like Katniss greatly evolved as a character in this book, slowly realizing the love she feels for Peeta and the importance each character plays in her life. And it felt wrong for her to end up broken and alone in a desolate disctrict. I may not be her biggest fan, but even I can admit she deserved better than what she got.
Aside from the lackluster ending, I really enjoyed this book. Although I'm still not sure enjoyed is the right word to use. Collins kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire read, always keeping me hopeful for change. Did that change come in the way I expected? Absolutely not. But did it come in the form it needed to? That remains to be seen. And that fact alone makes the book worth reading....more