Mockingjay (Book 3 of Hunger Games Trilogy)
The BF bought the DVD and really wants to see Mockingjay. I told him to hold off until I finish this book. I borrowed the ebook version from the San Francisco Public Library and I had 3 weeks to finish it!
I found Mockingjay to be not the cliffhanger that the two previous books in the series were. While I will describe Hunger Games and Catching Fire as high-action novels, Mockingjay was more drama. I also found the technical descriptions of pods/holos a little tedious. I guess such technicalities were necessary since this is a sci-fi novel. However, Mockingjay still had enough dramatic and suspenseful moments that kept me glued on to my Kindle as I was reading it on the train on my way to work and home.
Mockingjay provided a good closure to the whole post-apocalyptic lives of the people of Panem. It neatly presented the lives of the major players — Katniss, President Snow, Gale, Peeta and Haymitch in a neat bundle. Except for Finnick Odair’s Annie, I felt that her story was incomplete and neglected.
What do I really like about this book? It ended on a note of hope. As dark and heart-wrenching as the whole trilogy was, the ending was bright and promising. (My apologies for this minor spoiler.)
Post-apocalyptic genre is not typically something I would choose to read for entertainment. However, I am still glad that I read The Hunger Games Trilogy because the whole series were well-written. The writer’s style was not patronizing nor solicitous. The stories were emotionally-taxing at times but the books were easy enough to read, and as I have stated it ended on a good note despite the almost total devastation. I appreciate that the author chose to end this trilogy by highlighting the resilience of the human spirit. A good and appropriate ending. And I finished it exactly on the day my loan ended! Whew!
(Now, I have yet to watch the movie!)
Here is the synopsis on Good Reads.