I am totally blown away.It is a masterpiece but did I love it?It's hard to tell.After finishing it I am confused o...more*** This review contains spoiler ***
I am totally blown away.It is a masterpiece but did I love it?It's hard to tell.After finishing it I am confused on my feelings.How could you love something so heart wrenching and sad?Yet I am sure I will never forget this one,ever.
Every page of this book is worth reading but wait,it's not for faint-hearted people.You will be disappointed if you are expecting some love triangle showdown.This series is not about romance.I have seen that people are complaining about it because of the lack of love triangle showdown.Honestly what did they expect?This book is so much more than romance or love relationship.And I never felt romance would be the main course of the book.
The book is dark,so dark.It started with Katniss trapped between two sides of power hungry people who wanted to use her for their own good.She lost Peeta to the Capitol,her district was destroyed.She constantly struggled to find meaning of her own life but was lost in depression.Everyone was trying to use her and she had to let them to save her loved ones.She was with the rebels now but it wasn't any different than in the clutches of the Capitol.They were as demanding,controlling and manipulating as the Capitol.But she had to save Peeta from the Capitol,so she became the icon of the rebels,The Mockingjay.
Soon she found out her becoming the mockingjay resulted nothing but torture for Peeta.It was clear in this book that she loved Peeta.Throughout the book she clutched the pearl Peeta gave her.I just knew from the start that she would choose Peeta over Gale.The connection they formed in the arena could never be broken and the people outside the arena could never enter in their distressed world no matter how much they love her.And that's what happened.Gale constantly slipped away from her and she craved more and more for Peeta.But nothing was the same,the way she knew it,not even Peeta.Peeta didn't love her anymore.Capitol altered his memory of Katniss and now he hated her.
After she united the districts against the Capitol the leader of the 13 wanted to get her out of the way.She became a threat,she was on the way of the power hungry rebel leader.But she refused to get away,she will fight until the last.She didn't know how she would have to pay the price.To make her useless,to make her nothing but a lifeless human shell the rebel leader Coin very tactfully murdered her sister Prim along with a lot of other children.This is the hardest part of the book for me.I was crying so hard.The grief of Katniss for losing her sister totally incapacitated me.It was like everything she did,every distress she endured went in vain.And Suzanne Collins is beyond amazing describing her grief.You just can't help but shed tears.She found out the main reason of her sister's death and killed Coin.
After that she got released on the basis of her mentally incapable state.She came to district 12 alone.I was not surprised that her mother didn't come.She was never strong like Katniss.She abandoned her children after their father's death.So it was not really surprising that she abandoned Katniss again.Even Gale abandoned her and I knew he would for a better future or greater good.But Peeta returned and they gave each other support when no one else was around except for a drunk Haymitch.And they started their broken lives with each other from the ruins again.
Really I couldn't think there was any other way to make it more epic.Of course I was devastated by Prim's death but that was the message.You can't win in a war.It always ends with losses no matter which side holds the crown.The only disappointment I felt was the death of Finnick.He deserved a better death.His death was so ignored that it felt he just wasted away.Suzanne Collins should have at least written a few more lines about his end.Except that there was nothing more she could do to make it better.It's not a sunny,happily ever after book.But where happily ever after books will fade away with time it will always remain in people's heart. (less)
It was an amazing read and only thing I could say about it is why hadn't I read it earlier.
The plot of the story was excellent.Though the story always...moreIt was an amazing read and only thing I could say about it is why hadn't I read it earlier.
The plot of the story was excellent.Though the story always had a sad ring to it, it never really bored reader once.The showing of emotion of the characters were excellently done.It was never exaggerated but I still felt choked when Katniss volunteered to save her little sister or when Rue died in her arms.
The contrast author made with the hard lives of the ones living in Districts to the ones in the Capitol was perfect.She brought up little things or emotion or conversations to show the difference of thinking of the two levels of people.It was so cleverly done that never I felt it unreal.
And it was amazing how the author showed the feelings of Katniss to Peeta,how she puzzled over the emotions of her own whether she really loved Peeta or it was the confusion of the game.It was pretty clear that she had feelings for Gale and at the end of the story for Peeta too.And of course there was a small scent of rebellion in the air at the end.I just can't wait to read its sequel,going to start the second one right away.(less)
I have mixed feelings about the book.The first half of the book was going so well but somehow the second part didn't live up to the promise.
The story...moreI have mixed feelings about the book.The first half of the book was going so well but somehow the second part didn't live up to the promise.
The story was interesting and intriguing until Tristen got rid of his monster inside.The pacing was good.The mystery and the anticipation of what might happen next was a page turner.The growing relationship of Tristen and Jill was very well done.Their hearts connecting through the connection of grieving was kind of sweet.I found myself constantly trying to peek at the last part to know how their formula really worked.
But after Tristen got rid of his bad side the story began to fall.Jill was continuously moaning for her pathetic life and their relationship was torn apart so many times for unconvincing reasons.It was like Jill going two step forward and again two step back all the times.She knew Tristen had an evil side,then why was she so shocked to know that he committed some crime in early life?Wasn't she aware of that already?And the climax was...I don't know...didn't feel right.It was obvious that her mother was seeing Mr. Hyde.Their whole house was burned down and there was no police investigation.And Tristen took the solution but somehow it didn't work but it resurrected his dark side enough for musical inspiration!Weird. So it was ok but not great. (less)
**spoiler alert** First of all,I wanted to give this book a 4.5 but since there is no chance for that I gave it 5 stars. I admit it that I was drawn in...more**spoiler alert** First of all,I wanted to give this book a 4.5 but since there is no chance for that I gave it 5 stars. I admit it that I was drawn into this book because it has vampires in it.I am in totally love with vampire stories and the book got mostly good reviews.So I decided to read it.But after reading the first few chapters I realized it was not the kind of vampire stories I read before.It was a science fiction after all.I couldn't expect the normal vampire romance kind of thing. Here the vampires were not some mythical creatures but some man-made monsters who were affected by a virus during a military experiment.That military experiment went horribly wrong and all hell broke loose.The first part of the story,the pre-apocalyptic part,was well paced and exciting.There was mystery at every corner and I found myself almost holding my breath to know what would happen next.A lot of characters and events were introduced in the span of few pages but with the advancing of the story every parts and events were weaved perfectly to form the main storyline. The second part was post apocalyptic where the world was in ruins because of the virals(the affected ones with the virus and the ones they bit).The main focus was on the first colony which was guarded by lights and walls from the outside virals attack.In this part the pace of the story was a bit slow.Author introduced a lot of characters here and the surroundings and the events of the colony.It was slow but not boring.Those details of the characters were necessary to understand them better in the later part of the novel.So I am not complaining much. The main events began when Amy,the girl given the final stage of the virus,came to the colony after 100 years of the main catastrophe.Through Amy they became aware of the others existing outside the walls and began their quest to find them.The pace of the story never became slow again. I loved every bit of it.The concept,the charcters,the surroundings all were perfect.I liked how the characters matured throughout the whole story.For example Peter,he was at first doubtful,then eager and then determined.The character of Amy was a bit weird but I liked it nevertheless.She was like a walking mystery,a vessel between the two world.There were small things about the characters which were so nice and touchy,like the General Vorhees.He drew pictures of his family to remeber them.That was so touchy. And about the Dracula movie,I felt sad when Peter couldn't find out the ending of the movie and thought Meena was gonna be killed.But at the end of the story he found out and I was relieved.I don't know why it bothered me in the first place.It was totally my personal feelings but I was glad at his finding out. So overall a wonderful read.A little slow pacing at the middle doesn't really matter.The rest of the story will certainly make it up for that.(less)