This was awesome! I love, love, love great character development, and this story had it in droves. It had a quirky humor that was fun. And it also had...moreThis was awesome! I love, love, love great character development, and this story had it in droves. It had a quirky humor that was fun. And it also had Alex. Mysterious, hot, eccentric, so different than other leads Alex.
I went with a four because I read for entertainment, and yes, this book kept me entertained. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. Scratch that....moreI went with a four because I read for entertainment, and yes, this book kept me entertained. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. Scratch that. I hated a certain part of the ending. I finished it several days ago and finally decided to write a review. I’m going to try to make it brief…
Spoilers (not sure the warning is necessary at this point) Here’s where this book (series) took a nose dive.
Two quotes from chapter 26 __ All those people I loved, dead, and we are discussing the next Hunger Games in an attempt to avoid wasting life. Nothing has changed. Nothing will ever change now. I weigh my options carefully, think everything through. Keeping my eyes on the rose, I say, "I vote yes...for Prim." __ The point of my arrow shifts upward. I release the string. And President Coin collapses over the side of the balcony and plunges to the ground. Dead. __
In my mind here is Katniss’s ultimate decision, ultimate sacrifice. After weighing her options and shooting that arrow, she not only gives up her life (with the assumption she’d be executed, which is a realistic assumption) but gives up her persona and power as the Mockingjay. (Definite hero to zero in the public eye by doing this and later getting out of death by insanity.) But at this point, what’s the sacrifice? We’re aware as readers she doesn’t care to live by now and she never cared about being the Mockingjay, never internally thought about using her power to help create a more fair government once the rebellion was over.
If this had come off as a real sacrifice, this book, even Katniss quietly living out her life in district twelve, would have worked for me. If sometime before this point, Katniss had embraced being the Mockingjay or wanted to live, even right before coming to the table to vote, the ending would have had an impact. But as is, Katniss came to the conclusion that nothing would ever change. So why even shoot Coin? So in the end, people are power hungry, war sucks, and it will continue to happen. That was a major news flash. If you’re not going to give me hope, at least give me a real hero.
I’m going to guess, and of course, I could be totally wrong, that Collins got so wrapped up in the Peeta vs. Gale crap that she worked extra hard on showing us why Katniss picked Peeta because a large chunk of this book was dedicated to that theme. Personally, I think that decision was shown in Catching Fire with the kiss on the beach. But in a book about starvation, war, and death, a teenager’s decision in a love triangle should not be the driving force.
I’ll take my exit with this famous line from Casablanca.
"I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world." (less)
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This book was a sweet and emotional ride. I loved, loved, loved part one. Part two was good just not anything like the wonderfulness of part one, whic...moreThis book was a sweet and emotional ride. I loved, loved, loved part one. Part two was good just not anything like the wonderfulness of part one, which is ironic because I expected the first part to drag since it started out when Alix was eight. But part one did such a lovely job of capturing the town, her family, the connection between her and Nick, and the confusion of growing up, I fell in love with Alix’s narration. The second part felt disconnected from the first for me. The first half was like reading women’s fiction (which isn’t my favorite) the second like a romance (which I love). And there was one thing that drove me nuts in part two.
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Nick’s cluelessness about Alix’s anger (though it was deeper than he knew) really irritated me. He comes back with a kid obviously born at the time they were together and he doesn’t think this will make her bitter? Of course there’s more to the scenario, but for him not to expect her to be upset and not get it until she snaps seemed beyond oblivious.
All of that said, I still gave it a five. It was written wonderfully, the first part deserves five stars plus, and at $1.99 it’s a steal. (less)
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I loved both Danny and Kellan—okay, Kellan more. I liked Kiera too, but I will say she bordered a bit too close on the Mary Sue line for me. I’m not a Mary Sue hater. Flawed girls are just more real. Which brings me to the cheating part that I was so worried about. I have to say that Kiera’s dilemma did make her more real and I bought into her dilemma. I’m not saying it was right, but if I wanted to read right, I’d read about bunnies and rainbows and shooting stars. I tend to like some good people doing bad things and having to make tough choices. However, the last twenty percent or so I was getting annoyed with our almost Mary Sue. She was beyond clueless for way too long. When other people had to tell her she had to make a choice, her head wasn’t in the sand, it was somewhere else…
Overall though, this was a fun emotional ride. (less)