Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy. The ending brought a tear to my eyes and not many books choke me up that they do not. As I approached the last third of the book I was concerned that we were going into the Hunger Games for a third time but that was not the case. The arena this time was the Capitol and it was played excellently.
I have heard many complaints about Peeta being the weak point of the series, how he is always getting injured and seems almost useless to his team mates but I thought he was superbly written. The turmoil he goes through to fulfill his mission of keeping Katnis alive resulted in his injury time an again.
Katnis, as a character, is very flawed and that is what makes her a great protagonist. Her motivations are thoroughly explored and even when far from noble are hers to bear and believable. To paint her as anything less than fallible would be doing the reader a disservice.
Through all this I did feel a tinge of remorse for how things worked out for Gale but again, he remained true to his character. His ruthlessness against the Capitol was genuine and in line with his initial paintings. To have the rosier ending he would have like with Katnis would have lessened the work.
Overall, I was torn the most by the loss of Fennick. I really like this character and his demise, while noble, was wrenching. How I so wished his ending was not cut short.
I eagerly await how these last two books are translated to the movie screen. I could not see how a single movie could contain this book and expect they may break it into two. I for one would not be disappointed if they did to remain true to the story.
Probably one of the most poignant features of the work was the use of propaganda in warfare. How the value of human lives gets lost in the machinations of the orchestratores whose consuming goal is to achieve victory.
Bravo to a work well done!
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