Thursday, August 26, 2010
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
I am not going to go into specifics, because it's impossible to discuss the elements in this book without revealing too much of the plot. So I will try to talk in generalities.
I think the final book in a series is much more likely to be criticized than any other, because the audience already has an emotional connection with the characters and story. For some reason we feel we have a say in how it should end. And no matter how masterfully it is written, everyone can't possibly be satisfied. So I'm pretty sure this book is going to get mixed reviews.
But no one can question Suzanne Collin's ability to tell a story. The way she can create a world that the reader easily imagines and feels part of is amazing. Particularly since none of us know what post apocalyptic America would look like (hopefully we never will). I do feel that Mockingjay is quite different from the other two, however. First, it's definitely more violent. This book secures the trilogy's place squarely in the YA field (meaning, in my opinion, that 10-12 is too young and possibly even 13). Also, it's much more blatantly anti-war.
I'd still recommend it to lovers of the other two though. The story has closure, and the all-important question of "Team Peeta" or "Team Gale" is answered.
I ordered an extra copy of the book and I'm seriously considering doing a book giveaway. But I've never done one, so I don't know the legalities (like, for example, if you have the author's permission to do a book giveaway, etc.). Anyone know? I'd also love to hear other people's opinions about the book.