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Mocking me by not living up to its promise.
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
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Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Advantages: seeing how the rebellion works out
Disadvantages: pace was too slow when compared to previous novels.
Mockinjay is book three of Suzanne Collins 'Hunger Games' trilogy. The Hunger Games as a concept is a great story. Set in a futuristic America, now known as Panem, the whole country has been controlled for many years from the Capitol City. The rest of the citizens live in one of twelve districts that provide resources for the capitol while living in poverty themselves. To keep them in line, President Snow holds an annual Hunger Games. A males and female aged between 12-18 from each district is selected to enter the games, and out of the 24 entrants only one can survive.
Book one saw our heroine, Katniss Everdeen volunteering to take her sisters place in the Hunger Games, and against all odds, winning. We continued in book two, Catching Fire, with a special twist for the 75th annual Hunger Games, where the candidates sent in had to be from the previous winners.
Book two ended with Katniss being plucked from the games, and we were unsure who had picked her up with a hovercraft. Was she safe or not? Book Three starts the action almost exactly where book two ended, which was great for me having been so absorbed in books one and two.
Katniss is now in District 13, a place no-one really knew existed any more. It used to be a district which made nuclear power, but when they held an uprising against the Capitol the district was bombed, and the survivors reformed power living underground until they saw the rebellion that Katniss's behaviour in the games was inspiring.
Katniss's home, District 12 has been fire bombed, so it is interesting to see how the survivors are coping with living in this very restricted environment where there is not enough so there can be no waste.
I liked the change of location. I felt this gave somewhere new for the plotline to go. I enjoyed seeing Katniss's mother and sister Prim, both being put to good use working in the hospital, and reading about this secret underground world, which has really different routines and very little freedom compared to what we have been used to in district 12.
This novel's strong focus made me switch off a little though. It was very much based upon the rebellion, and military strategy. I felt the plot moved a lot slower in this novel when compared to the previous two, and we have a twist where Peeta who has been in love with Katniss has been tortured so he now hates her and wants her dead. I really didn't like this. There was a lot of plot focussed around recovery of the main candidates in hospital, military training and then skulking round in the capitol and hiding out. I just felt like I was waiting for something to happen, and it took so long to happen I just got a bit bored with this one.
If this had been book one or two, I don't think I would have been that bothered about reading the rest of the trilogy, but as I had started, and the book was quite a quick read due to being a young adult novel, I persevered to the end where it did get a bit better before smouldering out a bit for me again.
So my lasting impression of this one is that I guess you should read it if you loved book one and two, but just don't expect it to be anywhere near as good. Such a promising start, and such a shame it just fizzled out a bit. I guess if the first two books hadn't been so stunning I would not have noticed it as much, but they were and it is hard to put that out of your mind.
Summary: Not quite the explosive finalé I was expecting from this one.