Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I bought this book the day it came out and just barely finished it last night--very unlike me. What with school starting and a million birthdays, I couldn't find the time. Before last night I had finished about half of the book. I had a good hour to dedicate to it last night and then couldn't stop.
I was so conflicted while reading. I love a book that can make me uncomfortable and unsure about what I really want from it. Did I want all those people to die? Of course not! But it was more realistic that they did. I felt true anguish for Katniss and her mother when Prim died. And I literally felt sick to my stomach when Coin proposed another Hunger Games. But I was happy with the way things turned out.
I have to address the Gale versus Peeta subject. Going into this book I was torn. They are both great choices. But I think, in the end, she made the right one. Gale is right--she always would have wondered if he inadvertently caused Prim's death. And Katniss is right--she needs someone who can calm her. Peeta hadn't even been rescued before I knew I would pick him for her. And I am so glad it turned out that way. I do sometimes wish that Katniss could see herself in a better light, and I think it is Peeta that helps her do that.
This is not a cheery series. But it is very realistic and complex. And it is hopeful. Though it is set in an imagined future, it is not all that far-fetched. I love the way Collins writes. All her characters come to life in such a complete way. I am sad the series is over, but I think the ending was perfect.
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