Catching Fire & Mockingjay

Catching Fire & Mockingjay

a mini book review

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Can I just say wow, bravo and well done Suzanne Collins! The second and third books of The Hunger Games series are phenomenal. Truly.

I finished Catching Fire a few weeks ago and couldn’t get over how gripping it was. I mean, seriously. I picked it up at Target (breaking my library-summer rule) in the afternoon, finished it around 3am and went back to Target to buy Mockingjay the next morning.

Rehashed Short synopsis: Katniss, a 16-year-old girl, lives in what is left of the United States sometime in the future. Struggling with her mother and younger sister the story follows Katniss’s placement into the yearly televised event set up by a controlling government where children from every district are chosen to fight to the death. As the Trilogy continues, Katniss must face a world ever-growing in uncertainty and political rebellion. Katniss becomes a huge factor in the fate of not only her family and her district, but her country. And well, I’m not into spoilers, so you’ll have to read the books to find out the rest.

My thoughts: The reasons I loved Hunger Games remained true in the second and third books. Katniss continues to be an amazingly thought out character and Peeta just keeps growing in complexity. Collins supplies true suspense to her plot and depth to her characters. At no point in the books (specifically the last) did I believe she would even flinch at killing off a character or squeezing out more of the unexpected–I was continuously amazed at how she was able to weave around her own story line and expected plot.

While this trilogy lends itself to romance it manages to do so in a way that avoids trivial feelings, taking each relationship to a complicated and complex emotional level, which Collins trusts her readers to respond to. At no point is anything direct (well, at least not for long-*hint* my favorite part of Mockingjay is Peeta’s personal struggle with reality), and it is refreshing to see an author trust her (teen) audience to respond, react and appreciate. Hunger Games is violent and beautiful. It allows hope to remain yet waiver as the whole world comes crashing down. In the times of shaky economic and world power that we now live in, I find Hunger Games to be a warning and a light into our own society, such as Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury did in the past.

Whether you are looking for a suspense, romance, or just a good read, Collins weaves a tale that you will not be able to put down until the very last page. Trust me, I didn’t.

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