Gavin F (gavluvsga) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Gavin F

Book #44: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Number of pages: 441

The previous Hunger Games novel, Catching Fire neatly set up the premise of the final book in the trilogy, although I somewhat misinterpreted it.

[Spoiler for Catching Fire]

The final line was "Katniss, there is no District 12".

Now, when I read that I thought that somehow District 12 had never existed, but it was nothing quite that abstract. As the beginning of Mockingjay clarifies, District 12, Katniss' home, has been completely destroyed.

The good thing about this novel is that the plot is completely different to anything that has gone before, focussing entirely on the rebellion that was hinted at in the previous title. You can sense this is leading up to some sort of climactic confrontation. The world of the Hunger Games was previously set up as a dystopian society in the first book, run by a tyrant. The book also adds a storyline involving apparent brainwashing that is quite shocking at times, and there are even references to characters being tortured.

The usual narrative style, with Katniss voicing her thoughts and feelings is there, although I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the previous books, as it felt quite slow-moving for a while and seemed more talky than the others.

The narrative does pick up in the final part though, and there were some unexpected moments, such as the climax being completely different than I had expected. There are two big events that aren't even described in detail in the book, as Katniss doesn't actually witness them. It seemed unconventional, but surprisingly it worked.

So, overall, although not as good as the firs two books, this did seem like a fitting end to the trilogy.

Next book: Aberrant (Ruth Silver)
Tags: book review, dystopia, futuristic, politics, sci-fi, teen lit, war

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