Sunday, August 29, 2010

Book reveiw

WARNING: This review may allude to certain things about the ending of "Mockingjay" so I would suggest you read the book first and then read this. I don't want to spoil anything...

As you know, I was eagerly waiting the release and arrival of "Mockingjay," the third and final book in the "Hunger Game" series. I began reading Friday evening and was surprised just how bored I was with the first 50 pages. But, maybe it was just the storyline and I kept reading hoping it would pick up. I could feel impatience rising as I waited and waited for the climax to hit. Instead, it continued to drag on.

Allow me to clarify one thing, what I really wanted to know was what had happened to Peeta and if Katniss would end up with him or Gale. Ok? I'm a romantic and that was really the only storyline I cared out. Instead, 90% of the book was about the other storyline involving trying to overturn the corrupt Capitol.

Personally, I like the author spent way too much time on the storyline about overturning the Capitol--especially when this story-line was NOT the main one in the other 2 books--only sprinkling in tid-bits about the romantic storyline to keep the reader going. It was very frustrating. I wasn't happy with the way the 3rd book turned out. The way Katniss and Peeta had all these alleged mental instabilities. It reminded me a little of the 2nd Twilight book, which seems to be written solely based on the internal thoughts of Bella. This book seemed to be written from the tortured, nearly mentally unstable thoughts of Katniss. I know, I know. It works with the satirical message one might argue she is trying to convey about governments and the horribly effects war can have and such but COME ON. We ALL know the love story is important too!!! It was lacking. Disappointing. The only closure the reader receives is the last 2 pages and then the epilogue. THAT'S IT!?!? You have got to be kidding me. I flew through 2 books saturated with a conflicting love story only to have the 3rd book hardly broach that storyline except for "dog treats" through in as a reward for continuing the book and then leave me wanting. Disappointing. Mixed emotions after I finished the book. Yes, I am a definitely a fan of "happily ever after," which the book does deliver, but hardly.
What a shame.


brittany said...

i hear you. I wasn't as bored as you seemed to be; I was still racing through it, but then by the last 1/3 I was getting depressed. It was so violent (i know, they were all violent) but I was feeling a little mental myself. And then when that last thing happens (trying not to spoil it tooooo much)and pushes her over the edge it was so horrible. And I have to admit, I felt a little ripped off, because this isn't history or anything--I'm reading it for pleasure. As an escape of sorts. I know that S. Collins can choose who wins and looses; who is good and who is bad; who is in love and who isn't. Frankly I'm suprized her editor didn't have her make some changes.

Then when Buttercup joins her and she starts mourning I was sitting there balling. When I finished the last page I was thinking about going back to all the people I reccommended the series to and saying, forget it--just stop at two. Don't read the last one, it's such a downer.

But at the same time, I love the characters so much! So how can you not read it? As you can see, I'm conflicted about it;)

Je.suis.Steph said...

I'm with you Gabe. Pretty disappointed by, well, most of the third book. Especially when the first one was so stinkin' good. I also got kinda sick of all the "mental breakdowns" that kept happening too. The last two pages of the book appeased me, albeit it lets be real,not enough to make up for the whole book.

Renae said...

Oh I really needed way more time with the love story! The closure was hardly anything at all!!! :)