Doubting between two or three stars. I suppose I'll give the benefit of the doubt.
My peeve on this book? In the end, when Ka...moreBEWARE FOR SPOILERS! -***-
Doubting between two or three stars. I suppose I'll give the benefit of the doubt.
My peeve on this book? In the end, when Katniss woke up after the bomb, the Capitol had fallen already. We never saw Katniss succeed at this mission, we never saw the Capitol's fall happen, evidently it still did somehow. The major point of the book playing itself out without our heroine, without our presence, was a major bummer! You don't experience the resolution at all because you're not there!
Speaking of more endings, the choice solved between Gale and Peeta was everything but sublime. From the point where Peeta and Gale had it out in the open in that cellar, I realized Katniss might just as well get it over with. Over with the weird dance between these two guys and kissing them both. Let her stay alone? I no longer would have cared. Before this point I had established that if Katniss had to choose she would best stay with Gale. They were a match with likewise minds and quite empathic about the other. Why did she end up with Peeta? Well, just because Gale simply wasn't around. Gale just uncharacteristically abondoned her. Seemed a little lazy writing. Easy choice making.
Katniss is suddenly so weak in this book I can hardly even call her the main character. She doesn't seem to work through anything. After the Mary Sue strong heroine from the first book defeating the arenas and staying so in charge, I had expected her to stay a strong young lady. The true Mockingjay. Not a confused, angsty one that only followed tracks set by others. Getting K.O.'d when action starts every single time. The one moment she was saying the president would surely burn along, the next she's huddled up in some dark corner or even wanting to kill herself off. I guess I wanted a more happy end. Or I wanted her to grab more power. I wanted her to say 'no' to more Hunger Games after having been through them. I wanted her to be more of a threat to Coin instead of merely shooting her. Though I have to admit that shooting Coin was a nice turn of events. I had to read that sentence twice because this was so unlike the Katniss of this book.
Character death in this book did not need reason. In fact, ridiculous things happened in short scenes. Rushed through. I kind of expected Cinna to return after being dragged out in book two, okay, that did not happen. Prim's death of a few sentences didn't have any impact on me. I couldn't even blame Gale for the bomb the way Katniss did. Heck, I was more sad for the cat than I was for Prim and Katniss! She was suddenly there - then she was not. And I didn't even care much about Finnick's sudden death because of the way it happened and how Katniss handled it - inhumanly unemotional yet again. Then again, Effie did live, and it didn't change a thing anyway - no joy at all - she just popped up and was there for a bit. Nothing great about it.
Too bad it's over, the character's kind of grew on me. And too bad the ending was such a let-down. Sure, you have a conclusion to the story, but it was an anticlimax one.(less)
I must say the concept of the reaping and the Hunger Games is quite interesting. Oddly barbaric, but interesting. Not unique, slightly illogical but c...moreI must say the concept of the reaping and the Hunger Games is quite interesting. Oddly barbaric, but interesting. Not unique, slightly illogical but creative in its own way. The overall idea is intriguing. That counts for something. Nevertheless the authorship has not been, in my humble opinion, very exquisite. Sure, this story is easy to read but I would have preferred something heavier and complex considering the situation.
As far as a description went for the characters, they all have stereotypical personalities without quirks or oddities that make a person interesting. The amazing heroine, the cute little girl, the bland baker’s boy, the old drunk, the sneaky fox-face, and the list goes on. The heroine has a sad past, is strong, is soon cheered on as the prettiest, hardly deals with moral issues in a delicate manner, has a beautiful voice and so on. Such a Mary Sue, nothing I wanted to relate with, though I did giggle about some of the cynical thoughts. I would have definitely enjoyed more depth to characters.
Speaking of characters, all the little reminders about Gale, which screamed that she ‘liked’ him, were laying it on a little too thick for me. I pretty much figured it out the moment she appeared to share the forest with another guy. I am never a fan for romance being an important part of a non-romantic story unless it is very complex. In comes Peeta and this bland act of an insignificant teenage romance. Plus the entire country swooning over their cuddling. That was just silly. It didn’t settle well with me. It felt like Twilight, and I disliked that wasted paper. All the Hunger Games fans screaming ‘team Peeta’ as they would say ‘team Edward’, and Stephanie Meyer’s comments on how awesome this book is, just remind me of how this book could have been similar to Twilight if it wasn’t for the other things that still had to happen.
The story was predictable. Some people may say it is not because things point them in ‘wrong directions’. But if that’s the case, I knew from the start it would be a wrong direction and another predictable action would occur. It’s not even the little things such as hunting, it’s the big things in the arena too. Katniss appeared to be a bit slow about these things as well. This, and the many repetitive actions of daily life, which featured the same words/descriptions every day, may have improved readability for some people, but it was overkill for me. Plot-forwarding events eventually felt artificial.
Also, a small pet peeve of mine is the fact that I hate it when a majority of sentences end with ‘I say’ or ‘he says’. I prefer a full-color picture. How do the words flow? How does the voice sound? How does this make the characters feel? While the writer was good with thoughts, she wasn’t so much with description.
Finally, the end of the book was miserably chosen. A perfect way to make someone buy the next book, but a horrible way to end one. We should have, at last, see her return to her home in district 12, the real ending of the Game.
**spoiler alert** The long bridge connecting the start and end of this trilogy.
The first Hunger Games book was good, I read it in a day. This book sta...more**spoiler alert** The long bridge connecting the start and end of this trilogy.
The first Hunger Games book was good, I read it in a day. This book started out a little less interesting than that, so I dragged myself through the first part.
I had the feeling the beginning was a bit shallow. Interesting things, such as the Victory Tour, were written like a basic summary while I wanted to know more. The writer didn't take the time to slow down, I never felt like I was 'really there'. Thus my immense curiosity sometimes went unsatisfied. President Snow's threats could also have played out in a smarter, more twisted way. As a president, he should have known the spark couldn't be stopped and handled accordingly instead of confronting Katniss so unprofessionally. He should have known that sending her to her death would only make her the martyr needed to light the match ablaze.
I was personally happy to see the entire Peeta/Gale thing tuned down at least a little bit. It was honestly annoying me that such a decisive girl like Katniss, that kept thinking 'Gale this, Gale that', spend ages picking one of the two boys. In the kitchen scene with Gale, my mind was screaming "hey, finally!".
Interesting points, I have seen many of them. On the good side, the writer managed to balance in some suddenly shocking scenes. The whistling man getting shot in the head was a shock, I had hoped that such actions would play out a little more afterwards, but the writer quickly jumped back into her slipstream. Note on another wonderful idea: Capitol citizens having a pecualiar drink to vomit, in order to taste more food - nice touch! This is basically what screams that too much luxury is bad and unfair. When Bonnie and Twill showed up the book managed to become more interesting, to me at least. District 13 - what's up with that? I was so goshdarn curious at that point! I had hoped to see them again. Ah, and Cinna's surprise with the dress and his demise - up until the end I was hoping I'd see him pop up again. That man is a hero.
The Quarter Quell twist was something I had seen coming, but hoped to avoid since it seemed repetitive. It's one of those 'summary' feelings again. Like you're reading a summary of the first part. Things happen at quite a fast pace. I wish the first book about the arena was thicker, having the arena swoop by in even less pages is just too bad. Peeta was portayed as a saint in the arena, I thought that was a little over the top. Another over the top thing? The writer tried the different approach on the tributes. Instead of leaving some unnamed, every single tribute had to have a name, even if they shot by once to get killed instantly. Seemed a little useless at points where it only became confusing. Though I do understand the wish to create familiarity. Again, I hungered for more. Muchly alike Katniss at first I wasn't really impressed by pretty-boy Finnick and the bitchy Johanna. Geez, how I hated Johanna, bah. I never got over my dislike for her in this book.
Haymitch being branded liar and traitor at the end was a bit too dramatic. He was still not on the Capitol's side after all. Poor bloke. And the revelation about district 13 being of the rebels was a little dissapointing in how it was brought, but practical I suppose. The ending concerning district 12 was simply amazing.
Hungering for more, and getting slightly attached to these characters in this unforgivable world, I quickly crossed part two to get to the final part. There things sprung into action again. This second book seemed only like the push to set things in motion for book three.(less)