Saturday, June 30, 2012

Book Review: Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins
390 pages

I have been putting off this review for a while.  To be honest, I don't really know why.  I just can't really figure out a way to describe why I feel like this book is the key to understanding the majority of this captivating trilogy.

The character interactions in this book are phenomenal.  Collins does an amazing job of portraying Katniss' relationships realistically; they are not overly simplified, but as complicated and confusing as actual relationships.  For those of you who are fans of the love triangle, Peeta is virtually nonexistent for most of the novel, and there are plenty of Gale moments.  And Katniss continues to grow, fighting to balance her sense of self, friendship, and family, with the duty she feels that she has to the rest of Panem.

That's really all I have to say.  This is a revealing book, and if you don't appreciate Catching Fire more after reading Mockingjay, then you probably didn't pay enough attention.  This is a beautifully writing, addicting conclusion to one of the best young adult series I have read in a long time.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Right to be Unhappy

Just finished reading this book.  It was odd, freaky, and even a bit dull at times, but never failed to be thought-provoking.  Love this quote!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Book Review: Catching Fire

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
391 pages
Remember how I pretty much ranted and raved about The Hunger Games?  Well, don't worry, you're not about to get more of the same.

Don't get me wrong, I really did like the book.  But only now that I've read Mockinjay and finished the series do I truly appreciate the plot of Catching Fire.  When I first read it, I sat down one evening and didn't stop reading until it was 2 a.m. and I had finished the last page.  And my first reaction was anger. I'll try not to spoil anything for those of you who haven't gotten around to reading the book yet, but all I could think was that Collins had reused the plot from the first book!  Now I know better.

So this is my piece of advise to those of you just deciding to tackle this trilogy.  If you finish Catching Fire and are angry, confused, or considering whether or not you should go on, take a deep breath.  Then go out and buy Mockingjay, because seriously, this book will make so much more sense once you've read the entire series.  Trust me.  It gets better.

The biggest beef I have with this book, besides the feeling of reused plot, was that nothing much happens for the majority of the book.  There's a lot of plotting, conspiracy, emotional drama, etc.  But I'm an action girl, and it's really easy to lose me if things don't pick up early on.  But what I absolutely loved about this book are the interactions between the two main characters, Katniss and Peeta.  What I love is that they challenge traditional gender roles within an "action" genre.  Normally it's the girl who hangs back and falls for the bold male character, but in this book the roles are reversed.  Katniss is a powerful female character who takes the lead and is action oriented.  Peeta, on the other hand, is a softer male character than we as readers are used to seeing, but we love him because of that.  He is the voice of reason, the sappy, lovestruck character.  He is also proof that you don't need to be ripped and emotionless to be a hero.

And between the two of them readers of all ages get to learn that sometimes things go wrong, no matter how good our intentions are.

Overall, my recommendation would be to read Catching Fire.  If you've already started the series, chances are that you're already too sucked into the world to resist anyways.  So go ahead and give in; it'll be worth your while.