Third and final book of the Hunger Games trilogy
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. Powerful and haunting, this
thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The
Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books
of the year.
MY RATING: 4 STARS
I put this review off for a week, but it's time to get down to business. *cracks knuckles* Where do we start?
MY GOD, SUZANNE COLLINS, YOU F***ING B***H I AM GOING TO HUNT YOU DOWN
AND RIP YOUR LUNGS OUT HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO
Whew, glad I got that out! A book hasn't caused me to suffer so much since Phantom!
I was so snagged I couldn't stop, but in so much anguish I couldn't
bear to keep going! It's a miracle I made it through alive and intact!
stuff first. Collins was ruthless in concluding her saga and pulled no
punches, but there were a few deaths that just felt...well, pointless. I
can't name names without giving anything away, but there was one in
particular I had to go back and reread a few times before I understood
that this character had just died. The whole scene felt wasted to me!
Why spend so much time on this person and fleshing them out so well just
to have such a lame send-out? Why? If this person had to be killed off
for the greater good, then why not make an impression? Make it mean
something? Make it hurt, damn it! She hasn't had a problem doing it
throughout the series!! And then the small matter of Effie Trinket...I
liked Effie so much in the first two books, and then she was only in one
scene here! Why bother with it, then? And for the rest of the series to
be so well developed (minus the first few chapters of Catching Fire,
which felt a bit rushed), the last few chapters of this just...fell
flat. It was like Collins realized she had come to her allotted
twenty-seven chapters per book and decided she'd better wrap things up
as fast as she possibly could, regardless of how coherent and sensible
it may or may not end up after all. Ugh! It just felt so unresolved!
allow me an entire paragraph to lament the whole freaking
Katniss/Peeta/Gale love triangle. What the mother of crap?! All it did
for me was remind me of how immature and selfish Katniss really is,
despite such a strong start in The Hunger Games.
Why does every teen/YA book NEED to have a love triangle? Sure, there
are some good ones out there, but it's become an epidemic! And what
purpose does this one serve, except to shake Twilight's hold on the
whole Team A and Team B thing? Really? In my opinion as a reader,
Collins could have gotten more mileage if she had left out Katniss's
confusion over Gale (which only cropped out sporadically, when all
things are considered) and focused on her conflicted feelings towards
Peeta. Why did she give him the berries in the arena, out of love,
desperation, or defiance? Is she so self-centered that she only cares
about him because he cares about her? Was she really playing her role as
star-crossed lover for the cameras, or was it as real for her as it was
for him? *sigh* I hope this isn't as murky in the movie...
onto the good stuff! Once again, the action is fast-paced, the language
is direct, and the story is brutal and powerful. If I have to complain
about how Ms. Collins handles some of this one, then I still can't fault
her for going after the rest of it as she did. She didn't hold back,
and she freaking killed me, I swear she did. I died over two dozen times
while reading this, and I read it about two nanoseconds away from tears
and tantrums, I was so strung out over it. It was agony, but it was so
good! I just...I can't even...holy crap!
Your humble book nerd,