Mockingjay late Monday night (technically first thing Tuesday morning). At 1 am I was back home and in bed reading the first chapter, and this afternoon I wrapped up the whirlwind story with really only two work days to interrupt my read through. I even had the hubby get take out last night, I flatly refused to put down the book to cook.
Now there is nothing worse then stumbling into info you didn't want to know before getting there yourself, so I'm even going to forgo my usual brief synopsis of the gist of the story. Suffice it to say if you've read the first two, you know where this is going, and if you haven't read the first two... what in heavens name have you been reading??! Have you looked at the Internet recently?? Get out there and read this series already!
I will tell you I was nothing but happy with how Suzanne Collins masterfully wrapped out the story. It was everything it needed to be, and although it left me profoundly sad in some ways, I also feel like she accomplished exactly what she said she was going to do, write a story foremost about war. And if you feel slightly burnt out by the end then it's as it should be, nobody escapes easily in war after all.
Prim, Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Finnick, Beetee, Haymitch, Johanna, Annie, Rue, President Snow, even Buttercup were all so very well developed and fleshed out. Suzanne used everyone of them to show the capacity for good and evil inherit in everyone and how extreme circumstances bring out the most surprising things in everyone. Between the Games and the Rebellion she repeatedly shows us how survival means a very different thing for each person, but in the end it's what we're all doing, whether for ourselves or for others.
With her final Hunger Games book Suzanne Collins has proved she has remarkable skills in both writing an engrossing and engaging story and finishing it in a satisfying way, which is no small thing for any multi-part series. I walked away equal parts sad and hopeful, but without any of that unpleasant lingering aftertaste a poorly wrapped out story with lots of build can leave behind. It'll take a few days more to digest, and hopefully the hubby will have caught up to me by then so I can see what he thinks, because there is nothing better than sharing your feelings without worrying about ruining the ending! But since the comments to this post can't be seen unless you click on it, then by all means, share what you thought with me! I'm dying to know what you thought.
Mockingjay, By Suzanne Collins
Published by Scholastic, August 2010
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