I loved this last book only slightly less than the first two. It didn't burrow into my emotions as intensly as they did. However, it was an intriguingI loved this last book only slightly less than the first two. It didn't burrow into my emotions as intensly as they did. However, it was an intriguing end to a wonderful series. I couldn't put it down, the characters were a bit more intense, despite the fact that Katniss' POV seemed to gloss over things more than it did in the previous books. The things I loved most about Katniss and the other characters were the choices they made. I loved how Collins portrayed them, how their choices were not always sure or even if they realized they were making them. But they were their choices. In this last book, I feel like that was taken away. Don't misunderstand - she's still Katniss and she still makes trouble just by being herself. But I've lost the feeling that I can connect with her. That she could connect with anyone. Maybe Collins meant to do this, as a casualty of war sort of thing. How it makes us less human. But I might be overthinking that. It also feels contrived when the "romantic" aspects are finally resolved - one more thing glossed over. I'm not a shipper of any couple here, so I'm not arguing that. I just feel like after all they've all been through, after things that were said, simply stating what happened instead of really showing us feels a little cheap.
Then again, after everything, maybe it needed to end that way.
I know I sound like I'm complaining a lot, but I'm not. I liked it. I would definitely recommend reading it, but with this one warning - something about the way it crests and ends unsettled me. I cannot pinpoint it; I cannot explain it. But I was left with a feeling that something was incomplete or a nagging suspicion that I may have missed something important that would make this feel okay. After rereading it quickly, I still haven't found what that thing is....more
At 327 pages, this book is relatively short. This is why it's so impressive. So much action and information is packed into those pages. Don't get me wAt 327 pages, this book is relatively short. This is why it's so impressive. So much action and information is packed into those pages. Don't get me wrong, it's not "high fantasy" by any definition, but it is interesting and I didn't want to stop reading.
Part of what makes the book so interesting is the main character Billi, who is not the typical heroine. She acts like a normal teenager might act, she's reasonably selfish instead of just following orders, she's conflicted, and she keeps going even when she knows nothing will come of it. Not because she thinks it's right but because she knows she has to. I like that she's so bad-ass and yet everything about her defies the idea that she's a soldier with a mission. She doesn't want the life she leads and yet manages to fight anyway. Everything that happens with supporting character Kay is just an extra little gift.
Aside from that, it's just a great read and I can't wait to read the next installment, Dark Goddess. After everything that happened and the fantastic ending I don't know how Chadda is going to top this one, but I'm excited to find out....more
I love his descriptions of people and places and situations... They were poignant and lovely without being flowery - and often with one crude word orI love his descriptions of people and places and situations... They were poignant and lovely without being flowery - and often with one crude word or thought slipped in, I assume, to jar the reader, to make us think. I love the plot, which was involved and intense without being impossible to follow. It felt sometimes difficult to read because, being so long and doing most of my reading in fits and spurts, I would think I'd lost track of something. His style and diction sounds intellectual without being too heavily so (and references many literary events, without being obnxious about it). It was a terrific read, and I'm not upset that I had to hold it hostage (and pay fines) from the library for the extra time it took me. It was entirely worth it....more