Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Hunger Games #3
Book Source: Own Purchase
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Kattnis, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.
Well after much anticipation, breath holding and yes a degree of sadness we say goodbye to Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and the whole Hunger Games crew. Collins' writing is masterful to the end making the Hunger Games series completely addictive and for me an overall favourite as far as series go. Brilliant, amazing, unique!
High praise, so why only 4 stars for Mockingjay? (still a good rating mind you.) I guess expectations can make or break a novel and whilst I expected violence, pain & suffering; it is war after all, I would have loved to see just a little joy with the heartache. I certainly wasn't expecting (or desiring) a sugar-coated happy ending but I couldn't help thinking poor Katniss ... give the girl a break!
Suzanne Collin's throws in a few 'curly ones' to keep the reader awake, some I anticipated and some I didn't, one that had me blubbering ... waahhh not fair and one I almost missed it was so anti-climactic. As far as the whole Team Peeta or Team Gale debate goes, I liked both equally for different reasons and would have been satisfied whatever the outcome in that department.
While Mockingjay left me feeling just a wee bit disappointed, don't let this put you off. The series on a whole is absolutely EPIC, one of the best I've read and any future novels by Suzanne Collins will qualify as automatic purchases :)
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