Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plains – except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.
Read for Fun
Challenges : Read for Fun, YA
Overall Rating: 2.75
Story Rating: 2.50
Character Rating: 3.00
First Thought when Finished : Well it finally got moved off my DNF shelf.
Different Review Approach: Let me start by saying I gave Catching Fire a 5 so please don’t throw stuff at me :)
There isn’t much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said. I think you either loved or hated the way things were all tied up. However there are a few of us that were just very “meh” about it. I chalk this up to my need to have a pleasant end for someone and this book just doesn’t give that to us. I see no hope or joy just sadness and acceptance. Which might have been fine if I wasn’t already to the point of not caring who else Suzanne Collins killed off. There is a fine line between killing characters for emotional impact and just killing. Really only 3 deaths moved me in the book and 1 of them was unnecessary (unless you cared about a tidy way to wrap up a love triangle). In fact, I think that is why I just didn’t buy how this was wrapped up. The first two books were about fighting (to survive, to live, to spend with family/friends, to keep family/friends alive) and this book was about ________? Seriously most of it seemed to be about revenge and settling. Most of all I think Suzanne took the strong Katniss that I loved in the first two books and turned her to person I just didn’t like. So when I began to dislike her, it just made the whole point of reading the book kind of moot. I think that is where I stopped the first time I tried to read it. I did eventually pick it up and read the last part but I had never done it at one time till the last few days. Even the 2nd time (which was better than the first) wasn’t enough to change my feelings about the book.
I thought the writing was as strong in this book as the others and the imagery was outstanding. I didn’t see a few of the curveballs thrown coming my way and in the end I am glad I finished it. The things that bothered me others will love!
Final Thought : I think overall this series did what it was supposed to do: make the reader think and feel.
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