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The final games........
Mockingjay Classic - Suzanne Collins
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Mockingjay Classic - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: The conclusion to the Hunger games trilogy.
Disadvantages: Felt a little re-hashed at times.
WARNING! THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOK CATCHING FIRE.
After being so impressed with the two previous books i decided to just plough on and get to the conclusion, which to be fair by the end of the second book i really wouldn't have been able to second guess!
After surving two hunger games (though only just!) Katniss finds herself the face of the rebellion against the Capitol, a postion she wouldn't have even considered if it wasn't for the facts that A, they now had Peeta, and were doing god only knows what to him, and B, they had bombed Katniss home town (though thankfully had failed in killing her firends and family, but had killed hundreds of others).
Initially Katniss is led to believe that she is integral to the revolution, but soon finds that she, like so many others are simply chess pieces, being moved to try and checkmate the opponents, though she does have a few tricks of her own up her sleeve.
Once stalemeate is established there is one last hairbrained mission, that feels really familiar, a final unofficial hunger games with the prize no longer her life, but Peeta's.........
This book out of the three felt a little stale at times, with there being a little re-hashing of the two previous books in certain scene's, though did love how they kept the two main charcters apart (Katniss and Peeta) creating a real, "will they, won't they" feeling to there on/off, real/unreal romance (the book would explain this a little better, but they had a fake romance in the first book, that turns into something more).
I enjoyed the final mission which takes all the main charcters into the Capitol itself, and found that some of the "traps" that had been laid by the hunger games gamemakers really original, although a couple were completely unrealistic, and i found myself finding these moments comical rather than frightening.
There are real gasp out loud moments, particularly in the last half of the book, where many of the main characters are killed off or change sides leaving you with a real feeling of uncertainty as to who will win the final fight, and whether Katniss and Peeta will ever find their way back to each other, or even if they want to.
All in all this was a good read, and i loved the very realistic ending, which was perfect and fitting in with how gritty and lifelike the story has been in general, though i didn't feel this was the better of the three books.
The book is actually written and aimed at children, with my daughter falling into the age bracket (11 onwards), but have said to her that she is probably going to find the book a bit too gritty, so would reccomend this book for teenager onwards, though there is no swearing or sexual content, there are a fair few imaginative deaths, and most of them involve children.
I am glad i read this book, it was the conclusion that i was hoping for, though wasn't expecting, with this book keeping me guessing right until the last page, reccomended!
Price wise this was purchased as part of a set from "the book people", which i managed to get for £5.00 for all three books.
Thanks for reading x
Summary: The conclusion.
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