This the third book in the series has me torn. On the one hand it's a great read like the other books in the series and on the other it ultimately lef...moreThis the third book in the series has me torn. On the one hand it's a great read like the other books in the series and on the other it ultimately left me wanting.
Just like the first two books in the series MockingJay doesn't disappoint when it comes to moving fast and possessing a nail biting plot. The characters are so vivid and life like and the world she exists in is totally believable and understandable.
Once again, Katniss tells the story in her own words what happens as circumstances unfold in front of her, and as in the previous books you struggle along with her with all the difficult decisions she must make.
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Where I think this book stumbles where the first two books excelled is that this book is so nihilistic in its worldview. Where the first two books were set in the midst of government oppression and evil against mankind, Katniss and her companions believed that there was an ultimate good and even though they may not have known where this goodness came from, they knew it existed and they acted on those instincts. There was a clear distinction between good and evil and Katniss overcame evil.
In this book, no one (not even Katniss) really stands for something that is bigger than themselves and in the end ultimately the book becomes just a power struggle between two opposing nations, both seeking ultimate power. Katniss seems to just to be a pawn stuck in the middle of it.
This book is over 20 years old and it's amazing this book is not dated at all. Maybe the USSR being in the story is dated, but who cares. The book sta...moreThis book is over 20 years old and it's amazing this book is not dated at all. Maybe the USSR being in the story is dated, but who cares. The book starts a bit slow but once the commet hits, the story really takes off. The world that is created after the impact is both believable and suspenseful.
There a bit too many characters to follow, but otherwise it's a great read.(less)