Monday, August 30, 2010

Mockingjay - Book Review

I want to write a spoiler-free review of Mockingjay. I'll do my best.

I just read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire for the first time this summer which turned out to be a good thing because I didn't have to wait so long for the third and conclusive volume Mockingjay.

I don't usually stay up late into the night reading because I like sleep even more than I like books. However, I heard so many good things about The Hunger Games that I chose to read it on a night while Utah Dad was gone camping with the boys. I read it all that night. I couldn't put it down. It was completely enthralling. It took me two nights to read Catching Fire--only because I had a cold and eventually the Nyquil took over and I had to stop reading. It was even better. They were both pure entertainment.

I was excited and anxious to read Mockingjay. I preordered it from and my copy arrived early last week. I finally finished reading it Saturday night. Which means, that while I did enjoy most of it, I didn't find it as gripping as the first two.

What I appreciate most in the first two books is the adrenaline-pumping action of Katniss's adventures of survival during the Games. Mockingjay lacks so much of that. Katniss didn't get into real action until the last third of the book and then just when it was getting good, Katniss and the reader are left incapacitated and in the dark yet again.

I don't mind how the book ended. Really, it is fine. But I feel like the ending is abrupt. There could have been so much more. Ultimately, I am disappointed with Mockingjay. I don't feel that the finale lives up to the first two books.


Catey said...

I just read the first two this weekend, making me glad that I didn't read them months ago when the oldest child first brought them home. :) It's nice to have the next installment available! Going to pick that up tonight. I have heard a lot of not so enthralling reviews though....too bad considering how good the first and second are.

Jen said...

I agree, but I enjoyed Mockingjay. As I was nearing the end I was wondering how all the loose ends would tie up and it did happen too quickly for me too. I like how it all ended, but it was much different than what I had expected. I don't want to give anything away either, so I will end it there. The first two books were much more adicting, for sure :)

Ammon and Jen said...

I just got done with book 1. It actually reminded me of "Uglies" series, with the girl-takes-on-the- evil-government-angle. I really enjoyed it though, and am looking forward to reading the others.

Wendy Jean said...

I just finished reading this series and blogged about it. It's interesting to see what other people have to say about the book.