Sunday, July 31, 2011

Even more books... the rest of the Hunger Games series



Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

As you might recall, I took The Hunger Games (book 1 of the series) with me to Yosemite and I really liked it.  E and I both did.  I'm thinking Addie is not quite old enough for it yet but she will be soon; I was happy to find another good series of kids' books.

Immediately after finishing THG I dove into Catching Fire.  It was entertaining, but it felt like a transition to something larger.  I was cool to hang in there and see where it was going.  Unfortunately, I wasn't really that pleased with the final book.

Let me shorthand my review of the series for ya:

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Book I was good, Book II felt like it was building to something exciting, and then Book III was kind of a letdown.

No, I didn't put on makeup or brush my hair before I took those pics.  Suck it, haters.

Anyhoo...

Catching Fire was a continuation of many of the themes that the first book set up.  Where the first book was more of a hunter/hunted situation, the second book was a survival-of-the-group/riddle thing.  Cool.  I felt like it was a slightly different take on the same thing and though I didn't love it as much as the first one, it was enjoyable and I was still hooked.

Mockingjay had the potential to be really great, but a lot of it was slow and then the end just didn't pan out.  It's not that I mind what happened so much, but I felt like it should have ended with a much bigger showdown between good and evil.  That's about all I can say without spoiling things for everyone.

I still highly recommend the first book and I genuinely liked the second.  The thing is, you're going to read the first one and want to keep reading the rest.  I did.  I just would have liked for the series to finish on a stronger note.

My recommendation: You're going to read these two anyway if you read the first book.  So go ahead, but don't blame me when you finish the last one and it's kind of meh.




2 comments:

  1. I totally agree. It was entertaining, but the first one was definitely the best.

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  2. I agree!!! I hated the ending of the third book! But it is very good writing.

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